Pitlochry Pipe Band and Highland Nights
The Pitlochry Pipe Band Story.
The original Pitlochry Pipe Band is called the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band, it was formed in 1906. A second pipe band was created almost 100 years later (see below). The Vale of Atholl Pipe Band was one of the first Scottish pipe bands to broadcast on radio in 1928
A Junior Vale of Atholl Pipe Band was formed in 1980, teaching the youngsters in the town and surrounding area. This was a significant developments as it gave the young people an avenue to excel. The Junior Pipe Band members gradually worked their worked up through the ranks, feeding in to the main band. This proved to be so successful, that a further band was created, The Pitlochry Novice Juvenile Pipe Band.
The Vale of Atholl Pipe Band has three 3 Pipe Bands – Grade 1, Juvenile and Novice Juvenile – with playing members on occasion approaching almost one hundred. What an incredible achievement for the small town of Pitlochry.
Pitlochry Highland Nights.
Every Monday night at 7pm, from the last Monday in May to first Monday in September The Pitlochry Pipe Band marches from Fishers Hotel at the centre of Pitlochry to the Recreation Ground.
We recommend following the pipe band from Fishers Hotel and back at the end of the evening. It is an excellent experience.
This video explains Highland Nights in Pitlochry.
What to take with you on a Pitlochry Highland Night?
Take a rain coat or umbrella. Take something warm to wear, it can and does get cold. Take some ‘Skin So Soft’ for the midges, (you can purchase this from the Pitlochry Hardware shop). Take a sheet of plastic (if wet) or better still a cushion (provided it is water proof) to sit on.
There is an excellent terrace and banking to sit on. It overlooks the performing area. You can take your car down to the recreation ground and sit in the car beside the performing area.
If wet, the Pitlochry Highland Night is held in Pitlochry Village Hall, West Moulin Road, just above the Coop Supermarket.
The performers - As well as the pipe band, there are Highland and country dancers, Scottish Singers and accordionists.
Time - The show at the recreation ground starts at 7.30pm, finishing at 9pm.
Cost - Admission £7 adults £1 children.
2020 Pitlochry Highland Night Dates:-
25th May to the 7th September 2020
Visiting groups are
15th June 2020, the Robert Sharon Chorale from America
10th August 2020 the Murrumba Pipes and drums from Australia.
The second Pitlochry Pipe Band
The Pitlochry & Blair Atholl Pipe Band was formed on the 1st November 2004, called. The focus of this Pitlochry Pipe Band is to cover all Celtic music. They would like to expand this programme to include other Celtic Regions, in addition to Brittany, France.
The Band has been to Brittany in France, learning Breton music and competed in the Breton Championships in Brest. It has strong link with Breton Bagad Sonerien an Oriant
The Pitlochry & Blair Atholl Pipe Band is led by local Pipe Majors Sharon & Christy Kelly.