colquhoun badge on Helensburgh District pipeband

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Welcome to the home page of Helensburgh & District Pipeband

Pipe Major John LowHelensburgh & District Pipe Band is thought to be one of the oldest pipe bands (outside the military) in Scotland and therefore in the world, with records going back to pre-1st World War.

Originally the band was called the Clan Colquhoun Pipe Band. In the early 1970’s the name was changed to Helensburgh & District Pipe Band. As part of their strong links link to the western Loch Lomond area, the band still wear the Clan Colquhoun crest (top right) as cap badges and still wear the 'Ancient Colquhoun' tartan which is used as the background throughout this website.

The band has now been on the go in one form or another for almost 100 years.

The band has a good competition history at Grade 3 in th 1950’s and 60’s under Pipe Major Archie McNicol. His pipes were believed to have been played during the Gallipoli landings in the First World War. Archie’s family kindly donated these pipes to the band and they are currently played by one of his last pupils -the current Pipe Major, John Low.

drummersAfter a short lull in the 1990s due to lack of drummers, the band now has a healthy and growing membership including a large number of learners young and old. The band are regularly to be seen playing in Helensburgh and on the banks of Loch Lomond from Balloch to Tarbet.

The learners classes are very popular and successful. Two young drummers who started at the band a few years ago have progressed to playing for the National Youth Pipe Band, Dumbarton and District Grade 2 and Inverary and District Grade 1.