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Bristol Pipes and Drums leading the Remembrance Day Parade

History of the City of Bristol Pipes and Drums

It all began in 1997 in the back room of the Bear Pub in Hotwells. Jimmie McQueen, a piper of some distinction, had not long arrived in Bristol and used this room to play his pipes. He knew several local pipers and they gathered together to play and be tutored by Pipe Major Brian McRae.

Within a few years, these pipers were joined by Army Bass Drummer John Morrison and drumming tutor Tom Patterson and two exceptionally good pipers Bill Gass and Julian Smart.

The City of Bristol Pipes and Drums band was officially constituted and affiliated to the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association. The first engagement of the Band was to lead the Remembrance Day Parade in Bristol City.

The now much enlarged band now meets each Wednesday evening to practice at HMS Flying Fox in Winterstoke Road under the current Pipe Major Sandy Kemlo and Leading Tip Jim Mcmillan.

We are always ready to welcome new members, and if you would like the band to play at your event please get in touch.


City of Bristol Pipes and Drums leading the Remembrance Day Parade Bristol

Remembrance Day Bristol

City of Bristol Pipe and Drums playing on a beautiful summers day

Summer parade

The band in a packed city centre Bristol

Playing in the heart of Bristol

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