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Pipe band 
making history for Tartan Day

Members of the Forfar and District Pipe Band at the start of the Tartan Day Parade along Sixth Avenue.

Members of the Forfar and District Pipe Band at the start of the Tartan Day Parade along Sixth Avenue.

Members of Forfar and District Pipe Band are celebrating their contributions to the recent Tartan Day celebrations - after taking part in events on both sides of ‘the pond’.

On Saturday, April 5, seven playing members of the band, accompanied by one helper, participated in the Tartan Day Parade along Sixth Avenue towards Central Park in New York City.

The Forfar contingent joined other bands from all over the world to mark this poignant celebration of Tartan Day held in the Big Apple.

They were led by the world champion drum major, Jason Paguio.

As some of the band were unable to travel to America, they were busy playing at home in Forfar for Tartan Day. The following day they travelled to Arbroath to join a mass band to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath.

Band spokesperson Donna Myles said: “Whilst all this was happening at home, across the water the rest of the band had just finished the Tartan Day Parade and were now heading to rehearse for the very first ever New York Tattoo.

“The tattoo was held on the night of April 5 in Mason Hall, NYC. It was a great success. It was a great experience for the band members; although it was a lot of work it was very rewarding.”

The band members also managed to see some of the sights of New York during their short visit.

Now that they are home they are looking ahead to playing at the Angus Rotary Marafun on Sunday, May 25. Looking further ahead they will be attending the Pipefest in Bannockburn to mark the 700th anniversary of the battle.

If anyone wishes to join the band or wishes to learn pipes or drums contact Donna Myles on 01307 465851.

 

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