The Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band is a Grade 1 pipe band that was first formed with the aim of competing at the World Pipe Band Championships in 2008.
The idea to form the band was hatched at the Glenfiddich Piping Championships by a number of the participating competitors. It was recognised that there were many excellent pipers and drummers not currently playing with bands, and unable to commit to a band on a year round basis that would enjoy the opportunity to compete at the World Pipe Band Championships.
The idea was met with great approval and so the band began to form with many of the world’s top soloists coming together for the challenge. Sponsorship for the band in 2008 was provided by Glenfiddich.
After application to the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA), the band was assigned to Grade 1 in April, 2008. The band qualified for the final at the first time of asking and finished in 11th place overall. The band’s journey was chronicled in the movie ‘On the Day – The Story of the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band‘ by American filmmaker John McDonald.
Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band reformed for 2016 under the leadership of Pipe Major Roddy MacLeod MBE and Leading Drummer Jim Kilpatrick MBE. This year they will take the Spirit of Scotland further and will compete at the five major pipe band championships hosted by the RSPBA, including the World Pipe Band Championships on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th August. Once again they have been awarded Grade 1 status. They are very excited about bringing a new chapter to the Spirit of Scotland and seeing how the band develops across the season.
The band is based in Glasgow and its membership consists of pipers and drummers from Scotland, England, Ireland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA.