The UCR Pipe Band is part of the External Relations division of the University of California, Riverside, and serves as an ambassador to the campus. We are a diverse group of musicians and performers offering a wide range of Celtic music played on bagpipes and drums.
The band was formed in the year 2000 after a discussion between campus leaders at that year's Commencement. C. Michael Webster, Vice Chancellor of Administration & Kyle Hoffman, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Alumni & Constituent Relations observed the overwhelming crowd response to the pipers who performed for graduation. Previously, pipers had been hired from other bands to perform at this and other events. With the move to Divsion I athletics, UCR needed its own pipers and others who could carry on the traditions of the campus while also serving as representatives of UCR at community activities. Thus the concept of a pipe band at UCR was born. Mike Terry responded to the challenge and brought together a group of talented musicians from all over Southern California to form the charter-member group of the University of California, Riverside Pipe Band.
During this early time in the band's history, the goals and mission of the band were established along with the development of a drum section.
A new and unique tartan, representative of the UC Riverside campus, has been developed with the expert aid of Linda Clifford , and contributions by pipe band members Josh Taylor & Robbie Conacher . The tartan has been registered with the proper authorities in Scotland. The graphic representation shown below is an approximation of the finished tartan. The blue is a "Royal" blue, the gold slightly more brass and less mustard in color. This tartan has been added to the official UCR logos and other trademark protected properties owned by the University of California.
All graphic representations of tartans shown on this page remain the intellectual property of Linda Clifford and the University of California Riverside, with all rights reserved pertaining thereto. Please do not use, copy or reproduce the images shown.
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