The Royal Burgh of Inverkeithing Pipe band, as it is called today, can trace it's history back to around the 2nd world war - photos to come soon!
1979 - In their first competition the band was placed 6th at the world championships, in Nottingham, grade 4 level. There were 36 bands competing against them. Captain John Macelland was so impressed hearing a young Brian Lammond piping, that he started giving him private tuition - see how he has become a major figure in the piping world today. 1980 Jock Muir became the new Pipe Major and the band won at all major competitions. They were promoted to grade 3 level. 1983 - The band had its first overseas trip to Brittany 1985 - Willie Burnside became Pipe Major, formerly a Schotts & Dykehead and Dysart & Dundonald player. The band became world champions in grade 3 level. Alan Russell from Kelty became Pipe Major and the band was then competing in grade 2 level. They also had a novice juvenile band which progressed up to grade juvenile level. This was the set-up that was supposed to ensure the future of the band. As it happened, the juvenile band was more successful than the adult band. They eventually played against each other at the Inverkeithing highland games and the judge, Bob Shephard, placed the juvenile band higher than the adult band. That signalled the beginning of the end for both bands. Chris Kelly became Pipe Major and steadied the ship. A lot of hard work was done to keep the band going. Chris moved from Inverkeithing to Pitlochry but still managed practice twice a week! 1990 - Bill Stevens took over Pipe Major and the band once again became very successful wining a major championship. Ian Findlay became Pipe Major, was very committed and the band was playing well. Tom Richards took over the role of Pipe Major for a short time but the band was unable to compete through lack of players. Wilma Graham later became Pipe Major and continued to run the band, competing in various events. One of the many highlights was a trip to Lorient in France. In 2015 Wilma stepped down however, she and her husband, David are now back rebuilding the band.
The Royal Burgh of Inverkeithing Pipe Band take Child Protection seriously. We have a fully legally binding CPP (Child Protection policy) in place at all times during band outings and rehearsals. To request a copy of this please clickhere