Members of The City of Bristol Pipe Band made an early start on 22 July 2018 to attend the Isle of Wight Highland Gathering.
A regular date in our piping calendar, the Gathering includes Band and Solo competitions. This year the Band arrived in good time and entered a number of categories, playing the new set of four 2/4 marches which Pipe Major Sandy Kemlo is encouraging us all to master. Ryan Smart entered the solo piping competitions.

The Band came away with:
First Prize in the Mini-Band competition, the Best Band Trophy and a significant cash prize;
First Prize in the Quartet competition;
Second place for lead drummer Jim McMillan and Third place for drummer Toby Stacey in the solo drumming competition;
Firsts for Ryan Smart in every the solo piping category.

Bob Smyth


The City of Bristol’s own pipe band returned from Royal Pipe Band Association contests in St Albans this weekend with the Islay Trophy, competing with bands from across the South of England.

Lead drummer Jim McMillan (pictured left) and Pipe Major Sandy Kemlo accepted the prize for the Band.

Established for over 20 years, and with the Lord Mayor as Patron, the Band represents the City at events in the UK and overseas and appears at many civic events in Bristol. 

Press Contact: Bob Smyth (Chair) 07973 341 180

Band playing for a large crowd

A few months ago the old website, which had begun to creak with old age, finally succumbed as it no longer met the security demands of the Host Server. It had served us well as an effective public face and attracted many contacts from across the world. A holding page and contact page have been in place while the new site was developed. 

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