The Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band is a new Grade 1 pipe band which was formed with the aim of competing at the World Pipe Band Championships in 2008. The band consists of pipers and drummers from Scotland, Ireland, Canada, Australia and the USA.
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 worlds top soloists coming together for the challenge.
Sponsorship for the band has been provided by Glenfiddich. Liz Maxwell of William Grant & Sons, owners of the Glenfiddich brand, commented.
“It’s such an exciting and interesting idea we felt compelled to give some support. It was ‘conceived’ at Blair Castle during the 2007 Glenfiddich Piping Championship, so perhaps we felt just a little parental responsibility! The band’s name comes from our successful and prestigious annual ‘Spirit of Scotland Awards’.
“The value of being associated with the piping and drumming elite forming ‘The Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band’ is immeasurable and although this is a new venture for us, I’m sure it will fit very nicely into our existing piping portfolio.”
After application to the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association the band was assigned to Grade 1 in April 2008.