How did the Scottish Borders Pipe Band come about ?

Hawick Pipe Band and Stow Pipe Band have been great friends over the past thirty years or so and even often shared buses to competitions, since both are situated on the A7 road in the south east Scottish Borders. After the end of season 2010 it became apparent to Hawick that they would struggle to compete in 2011 due to losing some pipers who were moving away from the town. At the same time, Stow were experiencing similar problems but on the drumming side of the band. The solution was pretty obvious. Rather than both bands not being able to compete at all, it made perfect sense to join together for 2011.

There was an added bonus in that between the 2 bands it was also possible to form a juvenile band. Therefore 2 bands joined together and the result was the formation of the Scottish Borders Pipe Band senior and juvenile bands.

Although the main partners in the venture are Stow and Hawick, there is a significant representation from Galashiels Ex-Service Pipe Band and Melrose Pipe Band.

A vital part of the venture was that it was essential to also maintain and develop the existing Hawick and Stow Bands, and you will still see both these bands as usual at all local events. It is because of this that the Scottish Borders Pipe Band plays in 2 tartans. The pipers wear the Cameron of Erracht of Stow and the drummers use the Hawick Tartan.

Stow Pipe Band Website

Hawick Pipe Band Website

 

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