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On Monday we’ll rest….

•Phew…what a weekend.  One golf tourney, one parade, and two graduations.  Time to hang up the kilts and rest our feet for a few days before we have another parade.

This busy weekend started on Friday morning at the Stadium Golf Course in Schenectady for the 23rd Annual Capital District Scottish Games Charity Golf Tournament.  Every year band members play in and run the CDSG Charity Golf Tourney which raises money for St. Anne’s Institute in Albany.   This year we raised over $8000 for St. Anne’s.


After the Golf Tourney, the same band members that played golf and ran the tourney, did a quick change and headed for Proctors in downtown Schenectady for Clarkson College’s Graduate Commencement.

With the tourney and graduation under our belts Saturday gave us Saratoga’s Flag Day Parade.  With a step off time of 12 noon, and most members waking a bit tired and groggy from the busy day before, we all made it up the north way on time for the parade.  And what a parade, with folks lined up in some places 10 to 15 deep on the sidewalks,  a C-130 buzzing the parade route, American flag waving and flying with the sun shining, it sure was a great day for a parade.  One, we hope to be invited back to every year.

Sunday gave us our last job of the weekend.  Union College’s undergraduate Commencement.  The weather man said it was going to be hot, but the word hot doesn’t quite fit when you’re in your full military kit.   With plaids and feather bonnets blowing in the wind, we set off to lead the graduates to their degrees.

How Union’s Graduation goes:

Show up at Union parking lot, 8:30am right on the dot.
Get dressed, tuned and looking smart, now its time to give this graduation its start.
A bus ride across campus, to wait for the start sign and then.
First though the students leading the president and platform party, then across campus to pick up the faculty.
Then back through the students and turn left.
Down to the knot and around it, wait for the president to appear and start off down the isle.
Bring them in and play while students are seated, then back out again and wait till needed.
Wait about 45 minutes to an hour, and then we’ll get the time to get dressed reminder.
Get those tunic and plaids back on, tune, golf card pick up and then we’re on.
Back down the isle, countermarch and back out.
Back around the Knot and down in front.
Circle and play while everyone is watching, Scotland The Brave set without stopping.
Band dismissed, we all turn and exit, walk back to our cars and relax a bit.
Say our goodbyes, I’ll see you on Tuesday.
That’s it, the end, till next year Union.

Total Miles Marched: 2 & Change
Tunes Played: All of them
Holes Golfed: 18
Drum Heads Broken: 1
Sweat sweated: Gallons


What a Crawl it was….

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that came out and supported our Pub Crawl this past Saturday, March 25th.  What a time we had….even though it’s start was a bit rocky, we forged ahead and had a great time along the way.

We would especially like to thank our crawl stops, Clinton’s Ditch, Katie O’Byrnes, Pinhead Susan’s, Centre Street Pub, & The Schenectady AOH for their hospitality, generosity and support.  Also a very big thank you to our very own Bill Schmitt for coming up with, planning, & running this event!!

And last but not least….Congratulations to Nancy Zieker on winning the Trip to Scotland Raffle.  Thank you to all that entered.

We even made the Schenectady Gazette on Sunday 3/26

•For pictures of the event    Click Here
(photos are owned by Matthew J. Kelly, any reproduction or use without his written consent is prohibited)

The chance of a life time!!



Congratulations to Nancy Zieker on winning the raffle!!  We hope you enjoy your trip with us.

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.

Sounds of a Century Concert

spb_100_concert_logoThe 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.

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An Evening of Piping

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.  

SPB Garage Sale!!

Come support your local bagpipe band!!

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.

799 Rainbow Drive
Schenectady, NY 12303
Friday 4/22 | 9am-4pm
Saturday 4/23 | 8am-4pm
Sunday 4/24 |10am-3pm