Renfrewshire Council

Johnstone Pipe Band celebrate 75 years

Celebrating 75 years of piping in Johnstone

There are many important anniversaries in 2018, but one we can all celebrate locally is the 75th Anniversary of Johnstone Pipe Band.

Founded in 1943 by former Johnstone Burgh provost James McKay, the local band has gone from strength to strength, with the senior band recently being promoted to the top flight as a Grade 1 band.

Since 2012, volunteers from the band have been running an educational programme teaching piping and drumming to young people from Renfrewshire both within the community and through Renfrewshire schools, with pupils being awarded qualifications from the SQA.

As a result of these educational programmes, Johnstone have been able to introduce a Renfrewshire Schools Pipe Band, bringing their total number of bands to three and including 128 pipers and drummers across the programme.

To kick off their 75th anniversary celebrations, Johnstone Pipe Band were invited to perform as part of the Celtic Connections festival in January.

All three bands took to the stage of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and were joined by a selection of guest musicians and dancers, and from what I've heard it was a spectacular show.

To formally mark their anniversary, the band are hosting a dinner dance on Saturday 21 April which I am sure will be a fantastic evening for all involved.

As Chieftain of the 2018 British Pipe Band Championships I'm looking forward to seeing Johnstone Pipe Band compete on Saturday 19 May, here in Paisley, and I hope you will join us then for what promises to be a great and memorable day of music.



Published 13 April 2018