Elgin & District Pipe Band was formed in 1975. Originally a serious competing band with awards including Grade 4 World Champions, the band had a change of Pipe Major and with the unfortunate departure of most of the Drum corps was left with only a handful of players.
Under the leadership of Pipe Major Daniel Littlewood and Pipe Sergeant Sean Littlewood, along with leading drummer Douglas Caldwell, between 2000 and 2009, the number of members in the band increased due to in-house tuition and workshops.
In 2010, the band started competing again in Grade 4B at local competitions. They had some very good results in their first year competing for over 10 years.
The results were; Turriff – 1st, Aberdeen – 4th and Mintlaw – 2nd. The band also also came 2nd at the local Mini Band competition.
The 2011 season saw the band improve on the previous years success. They competed at locally run competitions again with the following results;
Quartets – 2nd, Turriff – 2nd (1st Drumming, Best Bass section), Aberdeen 1st (1st Drumming), and Mintlaw – 2nd (1st Drumming).
The band were crowned North of Scotland Champion of Champions for Drumming in Grade 4B for season 2011.
At the end of playing season 2011, Pipe Major Daniel Littlewood and Pipe Sergeant Sean Littlewood left the band to pursue other interests. Fortunately, the band secured the services of Pipe Major Kevin Reid and Assistant Pipe Major and tutor Richard Anderson to continue the progression and improvement of the pipe corps as set up by Daniel and Sean.
The 2012 season saw the band playing new tunes in competitions. The band worked really hard to implement these tunes with Kevin and Richard. This was rewarded with some excellent results in competitions. Locally run results were as follows; Quartets – 1st, Turriff – 3rd and Aberdeen – 1st. At Mintlaw the band entered the Grade 3 Medley and achieved 3rd place. The band entered their first Major competition in 15 years. They took part in the British Pipe Band Championships in Annan, after qualifying for the final in 2nd place, the band finished 8th overall out of 28 bands, a fantastic achievement. The band also won the pipe band competition held at Abernethy Highland Games.
2013 was a very successful year for the band, winning a total of 12 trophies. The hard work put in by everyone in the band really paid off.
The trophy haul included Grade 4B European Champions, Champion of Champions for both Drumming and as a Band in Grade 4 March in the RSPBA North of Scotland Branch.
All our results are available at www.rspba.org