2017 Gathering of the Bands
August 26, 2017
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 26th 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.
Jennifer Farrell Pipe Major
David Wilson President
Mike Smith Vice-President
Andy Fraser Secretary
John McManus Treasurer
Welcome: The Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band welcomes you to our 26th annual Gathering of The Bands.
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 day BBQ hot dogs and corn are available for $6 - children under 5 free - all you can eat, all day from 11:30 am until 7:00 pm
Souvenirs: We appreciate your financial support through the purchase of T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, books and donations to the Wishing Well located next to the Gazebo.
Thank you events such as this rely on volunteerism. The Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band wish to thank all of you, participating musicians, their families and of special note to the Kincardine Lion's Club, Norm Annetts and The Municipality of Kincardine
Organizing chairs, Brian Fry, John McManus, and David Wilson
Program of Events: (11:30 start)
12:00-1:00 Kincardine Community Concert Band
1:00-3:00Toronto All Star Big Band
Pipe Bands start at 3:00, in the following order:
Goderich Celtic Blue Pipe Band
Teeswater Highlanders Pipe Band
Sarnia Legion Pipe Band
Forest Legion Pipe Band
Cambridge and District Pipe Band
Ontario Fire Services Pipe Band
The McLaren Pipe and Drum Band
Eliza Jane Ceilidh Band
At 8:00pm, all the pipe bands parade up and down Queen street, ending at Victoria Park
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 at Victoria Park, pipers will end the 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
After the parade pipers often share music in Victoria Park. Keep your eyes open there too because Kincardine has the distinction of having a few champion pipers and drummers and you will likely catch them having some fun there!