Return of Dysart & Dundonald Pipe Band

This picture was taken in the early 2000, and shows the band marching in Indian file through a street at the Inter Celtique Festival in L'Orient, France
This picture was taken in the early 2000, and shows the band marching in Indian file through a street at the Inter Celtique Festival in L'Orient, France
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AN AWARD-winning pipe band which had a presence in the local community for over 80 years is seeking help from potential sponsors and volunteers.

Dysart and Dundonald Pipe Band has a long and illustrious history and scooped double world title wins in 1977 and 1978.

In 2007 the band disbanded due to a number of personal reasons but, after a few years, some members decided to resurrect it.

Greig Canning, pipe major, told the Press he and a small group of keen pipers brought the band back to life last September .

And since then, it has immediately gone back into Grade One - a huge achievement in their first season.

But to maintain the momentum, Greig said they are seeking sponsorship to boost their coffers.

Self-financing

He said: “We are self financing so far, and have kitted out the band with drums and instruments through goodwill and lots of small fundraising initiatives.

“We are still picking up the pieces financially and are seeking sponsors and volunteers/comitttee members from within the local community to help out and get the band back to being a pinnacle of teaching and performance excellence that the famous name deserves.”

It costs around £4000 per year to run the band but this only accounts for equipment, practice venues and transport to contests.

Greig said they are looking for more funding and two important things: “We are just managing to scrape by as a self financing band right now, but we are looking to update our uniforms and drums at some stage to ensure we can continue to look and sound like a world-class pipe band,” Greig said.

“In this sense we are looking for help to develop the band back into winning ways - a new main sponsor and also we are giving local business people the opportunity to join our team as volunteers and committee members.

Manager plan

‘‘We have a very knowledgeable team around us with regard to piping and drumming, but we are keen to appoint a business manager to look after the commercial aspects of running a Grade One pipe band.”

The members meet in Dundonald Institute every Monday and Thursday from 7.00 - 9.00 p.m. to rehearse and Greig feels the band is still important to the local community today.

He said: “The band was and still is a proud part of Fife’s history.

Real pride

‘‘It gives young people in the area a chance to partake in an activity with a proud heritage and one which has important links to the days when the Kingdom of Fife was filled with mining communities - the miners each paying a penny a week form their wage packets to keep the band alive.

“But it is also primarily a competition type band - where the quest for excellence in performance is paramount.

‘‘In this sense the band and the local community can take real pride in developing talented youngsters and turning them into world class pipers and drummers.”