The Band was formed at the latter end of 1969 following an enquiry from Caledonian/BUA to Mr Jim Hamilton who lived in Crawley. He recruited mainly from the Addiscombe & Shirley British Legion and the Crawley Pipe Bands. The Pipes & Drums were to come under the direct control of the Publicity Department of Caledonian/BUA headed at that time by Mr Chris Tear, but it took the best part of another year before the band was finally settled in and uniforms were ordered. This was because of various meetings at the H.Q of Caledonian/BUA to decide how the Band should be run, and to what purpose the Company would use it. After much discussion Ancient Caledonia tartan finally selected as the official dress of the Band. In the interim period, the band used the Mackenzie uniform of the Addiscombe & Shirley band. The Pipe Major was Ian MacLeod and the Drum Major Mike Sterling. Other members at that time were: Pipers David Stark, Tom Dingwall (now PM Callandar), Mick Farrell, Andrew Smith, Angus Macleod, Ned Dunne, Douglas Campbell, Len Hogan, Jim O'Hara, Joe O'Leary, Dennis Rosie, George Nichols, Dave Hickey, Kenny Leisk (now PM Queensferry & Dist), and Bill Rennie (Pipe Sgt). The Drum Corps: Ian Milton, Mick Bicknell, Dave Lewis, Stuart King, Barry Slade, Bill Hewson and Ron Palmer. Rod McFadyen and Tom Jackman joined shortly afterwards.