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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


St. Patrick’s Day Parades

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.

SPB on the march. Albany St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2016 (M.Kelly ©2016)

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.

Our performance after the Mass. (N.Munro ©2016)

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.

SPB on the march. Delhi’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. (RedHenStudios ©2016)

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.

SPB on the march.  Lake George, NY St. Patrick's Day Parade.  (G. Burdett ©2016)
SPB on the march. Lake George, NY St. Patrick’s Day Parade. (G. Burdett ©2016)

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.

Irish 2000 Festival

Our 1st preformance of the day (Courtesy of I2K)
Our 1st performance of the day (Photo courtesy of I2K)

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.

Pipe Major Jeff Scheneck (John Carl D'Annibale / Times Union)
Pipe Major Jeff Schenck (John Carl D’Annibale / Times Union) Click on Photo for TU article
(Photos courtesy of Ray Bedard)
(Photos courtesy of Ray Bedard)
(Photos courtesy of Ray Bedard)
(Photos courtesy of Ray Bedard)
(Photos courtesy of Ray Bedard)
(Photos courtesy of Ray Bedard)

The Altamont Fair

The rain let up and the pipes came out(©SPB)

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 

The Pipe Major tunes alone (©SPB)


Irish Night at The Pruyn House with Get up Jack

A great evening for Pipes and Drums (©SPB 2015)
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

A cool breeze & good tunes. (©SPB 2015)
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.

You guys play, I’m just going to chew on this hat. (©SPB 2015)
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.

Till next time……



Hudson Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association Parade.

What an awesome day for a parade!

Tuning up. (Photo by: M. Kelly)
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. 

More tuning (Photo by: M. Kelly)
The lovley ladies of the drum corps (Photo by: M. Kelly)
Tunes in the shade before stepping off. (Photo by: M. Kelly)
On the March.  (Photo by: Lori A. Washburn)
On the March. (Photo by: Lori A. Washburn)
On the March.  (Photo by: Lori A. Washburn)
On the March. (Photo by: Lori A. Washburn)