The Schenectady Pipe Band will travel to Scotland to compete in the 2017 World Pipe Band Championships in August of 2017.
We’ll be leaving from JFK on August 3rd, 2017, and we would love to have you come with us. Just to make it possible, we will be selling raffle tickets that could put you and a companion on a seat on that flight, and also a week’s lodging at Stirling University where the Band will be staying.
Only a maximum of 300 raffle tickets will be sold, and the drawing will be held at the Band’s Pub Crawl in April. And don’t need to be present to win, and if for some reason you’re unable to travel with us, you can choose an alternate prize of $2,000.
So buy a raffle ticket before they’re all sold out!! Just send a $25 check, made out to The Schenectady Pipe Band, to P.O. Box 13792, Albany, NY 12212. Include your Name, Address, Phone Number, and email address, and we’ll enter you in the raffle and send your ticket stub back to you.
The Schenectady Pipe Band, a Celtic heritage organization based in upstate New York is proud to announce the celebration of their centennial year. As one of the oldest bagpipe bands in North America, The Schenectady Pipe Band was formed in 1917 when a stone cutter from Vermont named Isaac Riddell was chosen as the band’s first Pipe Major. Mr. Riddell relocated to Schenectady NY and began a 100 year tradition of musical excellence that, in addition to winning the band multiple musical awards and championships, has showcased their talents for international dignitaries, rock stars and thousands of loyal fans.
On November 27th, The Schenectady Pipe Band will present “A Century of Sound” at Proctors GE Theater. We’ll record our second CD to commemorate the Centennial that afternoon, with lots of new music that the Band has been rehearsing. We’re doing this in partnership with the Schenectady St Andrews Society.
Get your tickets early at Procters website as there are only 440 seats at this awesome venue. You’ll want to be part of this live recording. The concert begins at 3 PM, and an after concert gathering is planned at the AOH Celtic Crossing, 1748 State St.
This past Saturday April 9th, The SPB hosted An Evening of Piping at the Celtic Hall in Albany. The evenings featured piper’s were Cameron Drummond & Alasdair Henderson, Pipe Sergeant from The Inveraray & District Pipe Band. The event was well attended and it was great to have two pipers of their talent in the Capital District. We hope to hold this event again. Check our Facebook page for photos & videos from the night.
The Schenectady Pipe Band will be holding a Multi-family Garage Sale. The sale will run from Friday April 22nd through Sunday April 24th. New items added everyday. All proceeds will go to benefit the band’s Centennial Celebration in 2017.
The St. Patrick’s Day season has come and gone. With three parades and a performance under our belts, we’re off and running on the 2016 band season.
We started things off with the Albany St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday March 12th. It was a awesome day weather wise for a parade. With lots of people watching the band led the Albany AOH down the Avenue.
The following day the band took part, as it does every year, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception’s St. Patrick’s Day Mass. This is always a favorite of ours. We look forward to this mass every year.
The following weekend we all got on a bus and heading for Delhi, NY for their St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The weather wasn’t as nice as it was for Albany’s parade but we bundled up, as much as you can wearing kilts, and got to it. This parade is always well attended no matter the weather and again this year didn’t disappoint. After the parade we played a few sets at O’Neill’s Shire Pub. A very fine pub and we strongly recommend stopping by for a pint and some food if you every find yourself in Delhi, NY. Click HERE for the video of the days events.
Just a few hours to catch our breaths….well maybe just the pipers. The following day after Delhi the band headed north for Lake George’s Sham ‘Rock’ The Block, St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Another cold day but it was well worth the trip. This was a new job for us and one we hope will be an annual one.
Well that’s is for the 2016 St. Patrick’s Day season. We have a few weeks to practice up to get ready for College Graduation season.
On Saturday September 19th The band played at the 19th annual Irish 2000 music and arts festival at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds to close out our season. The band has been playing at this festival since its inception in 1996. It was a beautiful day filled with music and fun. This festival has always been a band favorite.
Last night (8/11/15) the band played two sets in the grove for the opening night of the Altamont Fair to promote The Capital District Scottish Games, which are held annually at the Altamont Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day Weekend. We played before a generous crowd and the horses in the paddock area poked their heads over the fences to have a listen also. All in all a great night to promote the Games. For more information on the Capital District Scottish Games please visit www.scotgames.com
What a beautiful night for a concert at the Pruyn House in Latham. It’s always a fun night to open at their Irish Night. This years band was Get up Jack, who will also be performing at The Céilidh, Saturday night at the Capital District Scottish Games. It was an awesome night with awesome music provided by The Schenectady Pipe Band and Get up Jack.
Be sure to catch Get up Jack at the Céilidh on Saturday night, September 5th from 7 to 10. For ticket information visit www.scotgames.com.
We also welcomed our newest “little” band member Kieran, who was munching on his dad’s hat while he was playing the bass drum. Welcome to the pipe band lifestyle little guy.
Stay tuned for more about our next job. We will be playing at the Albany AOH on Saturday, August 1st for a Fundraiser for Find Your Way Home. See the flyer below for details.
Today (6/20) SPB was in beautiful Lake George, NY for the Hudson Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association dress parade, marching for The Grand Boulevard Fire Company from Niskayuna. With temps in the high 80’s and a big band it was an awesome day. Thank you GBFC for your hospitality.
**Update** The Schenectady Pipe Band was awarded Best Pipe Band for the 2015 HVVFA Dress Parade.
Well that’s the last parade of the season. Our band jobs are done until September. On to the Capital District Scottish Games on Labor Day weekend. Hope to see you there.
Sponsor of the Capital District Scottish Games in Altamont, NY