As the only Scottish Pipe Band in Port Elizabeth and the biggest Pipe Band in the Eastern Cape, we are committed to the growth and development of Scottish music and, along with the Port Elizabeth Scottish Association, promoting the rich and exciting Scottish culture. All around South Africa Pipe Bands are plying their wares, enticing young and old to take up the Pipes and Drums, our band being no exception with countless learners coming through our doors to learn the art of the Great Highland Bagpipes and Pipe Band Drumming.
We play at approximately 80 parades/functions throughout the year, most notably the prestigious Last Night Of The Proms concert held annually in PE by celebrated maestro, Richard Cock as well as the official televised Opening of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, for the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup. Individual pipers are regularly performing at Weddings, Funerals, Birthday Parties, Corporate Events etc all over the city, stirring the hearts of people (as it so often does) with the sound bagpipes in Port Elizabeth. The band has a close association with the MOTH organization and many of our functions come through them, but the majority are from people just wanting something fresh and bold, making a solid statement whatever the occassion.
Algoa Caledonian Pipe Band leading the MOTHS during the 2008 Remembrance Day street parade
The Algoa Caledonian Pipe Band is always on the lookout for new members. We don't discriminate between Bagpipes, Snare Drumming, Tenor Drumming or Bass Drumming. Existing players are welcome at any time, but if you're interested in learning then we offer full tutorship programs starting right from the beginning until you're playing tunes on your instrument of choice. Due to the physical-ness of the pipes, the ideal age to learn is between 12 and 35, although exceptions to this are sometimes made. We welcome people of all races, religion and sex in the band. Anyone interested in joining the band can click here for more information.
Pipe Bands have developed into a highly competitive worldwide sport and is something that all members of the family can enjoy, with the Algoa band regularly competing at the annual Eastern Cape Highland Gathering which rotates between Port Elizabeth, East London and Cape Town on a three year cycle.
The band is a non-profit organisation and is primarily self-funded through parades, but we are also fortunate enough to have a principal sponsor in Bell's Extra Special Whisky who assist in the general financing of the band, most notably in terms of uniform.
Advertising for the sponsor is done primarily on the Bass Drum, but also on shirts, ties and Bagpipe bag covers
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