(Written in 1994 to mark the Band's 75th Anniversary) Since the band was first formed in 1919, we seem to have been a band of several names, several uniforms, and many ups and downs. We have had internal battles, external battles, special meetings, extraordinary meetings, promises and threats, not to mention dramas, which led to fall out and decline.
On Hogmanay evening the Opera House at Ackergill Tower was the setting for a short ceremony at which the Directors of Ackergill Ltd presented a new baldric, or Drum Major's sash, to Wick RBLS Pipe Band in recognition of the friendly ties which exist between the Company and the Band. Before making the presentation Mrs Arlette Banister invited the Drum Major, Alistair Lamont, to explain to the assembled house guests the origins and purpose of the baldric.
Wick Rotary Club Christmas night out at Mackays hotel, Wick was an enjoyable evening helped along by entertainment from the MADD singers. The group Music Acting Dance and Drama (MADD) have run some highly successful shows in the last few years and this talented group last night showed why they are a huge success under Mrs Hutcheson local teacher and musical director.
Karen Steven a Caithness violinist has brought out her next CD with more local connections. Karen says "Two years ago I was asked to represent Caithness and was commissioned by the Highland Festival to compose some music to be performed at their millennium concert in Eden Court Theatre, Inverness.
Playing in Ebenezers Bar, Wick on Saturday 14 December were several of the original line up with a few friends to swell the numbers. A photo gallery from the night can be seen here..
Caithness Drugs and Alcohol Forum are delighted with the positive response to their recent 'ARD ROCK event. (5th December in Wick High School hall).
This video is one of 19 own label videos which form part of the extensive range of Scottish traditional music recordings on the Ross Records label owned by Gibson and Ann Ross. There is a strong Caithness connection as Gibson was born and brought up in Wick, and attended both Wick North and Wick High schools before going to Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh to study pharmacy.
Yesterday's traditional music workshops day moved on to an evening concert in Mackays hotel, Wick that turned out to be one of the best musical evenings in Caithness. With a most amazing line up of some of Scotland's most talented performers in Scottish Traditional music ranging from Scottish dance styles to traditional music with a cutting edge.
Over 70 people took part, including young and old players. It was voted a big success by the participants from Caithness, Sutherland, Orkney and Shetland.
The Thurso Pipe Band are back from their trip to Brilon in Germany - the twin town of Thurso. The band were over for four days and played at a variety of venues including the Stadt Festival, an Old folks Home and a church.
The Caithness Handbell Ringers were joined in St John's church, Wick by Erica Sinclair on the clarsach, Craig Campbell on the organ and Bruce Gordon on the bassoon for an evening of music that included music by John Denver, Bach and Mozart. The concert also played in St Peters, Thurso on 30 August..
Running for two weeks until 3 August - Mon - Sat 10.00am - 5.00pm and Sunday 12.00 - 4.00pm. 50p entry and a raffle is being run to win one of the beautiful quilts on display.
A variety of bands played at Midsummer Madness - Market Square, Wick. (pictured are Commuique).
Photo Gallery of some of the competitors: here.
The boys played an Under-18s gig in Lybster to help raise funds for the local youth club. A great turnout heard the guys play a range of numbers from Lynard Skynard to Jimmy Eat World.
For Caithness Rural Gaelic choir the start of the new year means the beginning of the road to the Royal National mod in Largs. So far, their best placing in the event has been third.
Pictured is a member of Caithness Quilters demonstrating at this year's Caithness Heritage Fair..
In the Gallery at present is a display of quilts from Highland Quilters. Working on the quilt today were Janet Maclennan, Shelagh Jack and Kathy Gunn (pictured)..
The Caithness Quilters held a demonstration evening for the WRI in Wick. Quilt by Lyn Ball, made for her City and Guild course in Design and Patchwork.