|The Stewart Tartan Pipes and Drums were formed in San Francisco in January 1980.|
The two major tenants of the Stewart Tartan Pipes and Drums were then, and are now, that this activity should be enjoyable and educational. While the band did compete in Scottish Highland games in the early years, performances have evolved into mostly non-competitive community-based and private functions. Since 1980 we have played at a variety of public events in the Bay Area, including performances for the Alzheimer's Memory Walk, annual Portuguese Pentecost Festivals, athletic events (3Bay to Breakers Run, Nike 26.2 Marathon (32004), S.F. Giants Playoff Pre-game (32002), Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon), community festivals (3Pacifica Fog Fest, SF Flower Show), and holiday events (3St. Patrick's Day Parades, Skylawn Memorial Day, Piedmont's 4th of July Parade, and various Christmas parades.) The band has also worked with many civic and public service organizations including the Alzheimer's Association, the Alameda Chapter of the American Heart Association, the Special Olympics, and the Recreation Center for the Handicapped. Some of the notable historical performances of the Stewart Tartan Pipes and Drums include performing at the SF Giants 9/11 Pre-game memorial service, the Louise Davies Symphony Hall, the Grace Cathedral, the Carmel Outdoor Theater Summer Festival. Moreover, members of the band have also played for H. R. H. The Prince of Wales several years ago. The band has been on television several times including a local program on piping history and technique. The band has performed in many parades, fairs, art shows, corporate promotions, conventions, parties, weddings, receptions, graduations, funerals, and other similar events. French Hospital, S.F. 1980 Our Tunes: Our repertoire includes quick marches, slow marches, strathspeys and reels. We emphasize the traditional pipe music and try to include some interesting, less well-known tunes together with the popular standards. Tunes currently include: Scotland the Brave, Black Bear, Green Hills, Liberton Pipe band, 79th's Farewell to Gibraltar, Atholl Highlanders, Barren Rocks of Aden, Keel Row, and many others. Our Uniform: Summer Uniform The band utilizes two different uniforms depending on the occasion and the weather. The Stewart Tartan Pipes and Drums is one of the few pipe bands that performs in Scottish Military Full Dress. One of the many notable features of our band is that uniforms (3except shoes) are provided. This is remarkable since a Full Dress uniform will cost in the neighborhood of $2,500. The band also has a summer uniform consisting of a navy blue military style shirt combined with headgear comprised of either the Glengarry (3pipers) or balmorals (3drummers).