Gathering of the Bands
Held annually in August on the Saturday before the Labour Day Weekend in Victoria Park – Kincardine, Ontario.
Since 1948 a unique and wonderful event takes place in Kincardine every summer Saturday night, rain or shine. At exactly 8 pm, the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band takes to the street, and followed by a throng of tourists and locals, marches down Queen Street and back again to perform in Victoria Park. The band welcomes all pipers and drummers who happen to be in the area and have been host to musicians from all over the world. Back in 1908 an enthusiastic group of pipers and drummers gathered in a small barber shop on Queen St for instruction, under the leadership of our founding Pipe Major William Young.
Since 1992 the Band has welcomed pipers and drummers, all members of the community, visitors and tourists to take part in our annual Gathering of the Bands and Massed Band Parade. We would like to welcome you and your family to our Annual Gathering of the Bands - enjoy a day of fun and entertainment. We can't think of a better way to express our appreciation for supporting us for over 100 years.
We thank you!
Admission: No charge - our thanks for your continued and ongoing support.
Piper and Drummer Registration: Please ensure you register as early as possible to receive food and beverage coupons.
Food: All you can eat, BBQ hot dogs and corn are available for a nominal fee - children under 8 free - from 12:00 noon until 6:30 pm
Souvenirs: We appreciate your financial support through the purchase of Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band T-Shirts, Hoodies, CD's, Anniversary Books and donations to our Wishing Well.
The Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band wish to thank all of you, participating musicians, their families and of special note to the Kincardine & District Lion's Club and the Municipality of Kincardine.
Program of Events: (12:00 noon start)
12:00 - 1:00 Kincardine Community Concert Band
1:15 - 3:00 Toronto All Star Big Band
3:00 – 4:45 Visiting Pipe Band Performances
4:45 – 6:00 Local Entertainment on Stage (TBA)
7:15 – 8:00 Pipe Bands march down Durham Market Street North
8:00 – 9:00 Massed Band Parade on Queen St. returning for closing on Durham Market Street N.
9:00 – Midnight Join us - Appreciation in the Park.
After the parade pipers often share music in Victoria Park. Keep your eyes open as Kincardine has the distinction of having a few champion pipers and drummers pass through their ranks and you will likely catch them having some fun there!
Parade Tune List
Scotland the Brave (high hand) / Rowan Tree / Wings 4/4
Hundred Pipers / Bonnie Dundee 6/8
Green Hills / When the Battle's O'er 3/4
Barren Rocks / Mhairie's Wedding 2/4
(Repeat these sets going down the street)
At the end of the parade on Durham St N (Victoria Park) a short concert with:
Hundred Pipers/ Bonnie Dundee 6/8
My home (slow) 6/8
Glendaruel Highlanders (2 parts) 6/8
Amazing Grace (slow) 3/4
Will Ye' no Come Back Again 2/4