We are really pleased to welcome back to our show the Reading Scottish Pipe Band.
The Band was formed in 1957 by former pipers of the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders. Thus it wears the Cameron of Erracht tartan.
It has an extensive repertoire of Scottish music including Slow Airs, Marches, Strathspeys and Reels which can be arranged to suit any occasion, including processions, marching displays, static shows, and solo performances.
To finance the cost of the uniforms and the practice facilities, the band undertakes a busy programme of engagements at Fetes, Shows, Weddings and Carnivals mostly in and around the Berkshire area. For example, it regularly plays at the carnivals at Wokingham, Maidenhead, Newbury, Crowthorne, and Burnham as well as the Swallowfield Show. In the latter part of the year it plays in the Christmas Street parades in Beaconsfield, Hungerford, and Didcot.
It also travels to more distant parts and for example has played many times in France and Spain, as well as Serbia, Sardinia and Japan, including Verona and Ivrea (Italy), Valreas (France), and Bilbao (Spain).
Each year the band plays at the Royal British Legion’s remembrance day parade in Bracknell with the Pipe major playing the Flowers of the Forest during the laying of the wreaths.