Community Musicians News
(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.
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..
Photo Gallery of some of the competitors: here.