History as it was reported from 2007
The British Airways Pipe Band after 43 years is still one of England's top pipe bands, formed originally from Exiled Pipers and Drummers from Scotland and afar
Bringing communities of the world together has always been a part of the British Airways pipe Band....this well known and respected band travels far and wide promoting the Scottish community and of course the best in pipe music and Scottish dancing.
Since its formation the band have played across all five continents including visits to Armenia, Belgium, Brazil, Borneo, Columbia, Egypt, Greece, Iran, Italy, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malawi, Philippines, Portugal, Spain, Uganda, USA, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Zambia. British Airways, recognising the Public Relations potential, used the band in promotions in Britain and around the world.
Recruitment was once restricted to British Airways employees and their families but this is no longer the case.
BA Piper performs for The Royal Family in Zambia
A Piper with the BA Pipes & Drums, Jean-Yves Elaudais entertained members of the British Royal family at the Recent Official Queen's Birthday Party held in Zambia.
The Annual Queen's Official Birthday Celebrations were recently held again this year at a formal Reception and Garden Party held at the British High Commission in Zambia's capital, Lusaka. The formal function was hosted by Alastair Harrison, The British High Commisioner for Zambia. HRH The Duke of Gloucester was present to represent Her Majesty the Queen. This was the first official visit to Zambia by a member of the British Royal Family since the Queen and Prince Phillip visited in 1979, and the Prince of Wales in 1984
Photo Left To Right: HRH The Duke Of Gloucester. The French Ambassador Francis Saudubray, and BA Piper Jean-Yves Elaudais.
14 May 2007
Pipes & Drums perform at the Interceltique Festival in Rennes
As a result of their great success at the Interceltique Festival in Paris in March, The Band performed again at the Interceltique Festival, this time in Rennes on 2nd June.
The BA Pipes & Drums performed at the Interceltique Festival in Rennes on 2nd June. This is the second time this year that the band has been invited to performed in France. There was a live audience of 30,000 people in the Stadium, with live TV coverage accross the continent. The BA Pipe Band shared the Stage with numerous other Celtic music notaries, including Dan Ar Braz, and the Cork Irish Dancers. It was a very rewarding weekend.
15 April 2007
BA PIPES AND DRUMS TAKE PARIS BY STORM
The Pipes and Drums recently performed at the prestigious Interceltique Festival in Barcy Paris.
The enclosed stadium was packed to the brim with 20,000 seated spectators, and a further 5,000 standing. The audience came to their feet cheering and clapping as the band entered the arena to "Wings" and "Scotland the Brave". The Band then gave a solo performance of complex slow airs, jigs and reels. The audience went wild, and we mean wild. The Pipes and Drums lead the music in the finale. Lead Drummer, Mick Parcell, and solo Piper Sacha Small played the introduction to the moving tune "Highland Cathedral". This was followed by the equally moving "Amazing Grace". The band left the packed Arena to "The Cock o' the North", the audience once again erupted with much applause and appreciation.
The Leader of the Pipes and Drums, commented, " The Band gave excellent performances during the evening, the band members had worked very hard to get our music to a very high standard for this performance. This was a very prestigious engagement. Not only did we perform to an audience of 25,000, the whole show was televised live across France, Belgium, Holland, Italy and Luxemburg. If southern Europe had previously been unaware of the BA Pipes and drums, they will certainly be aware now. It was a fabulous achievement".
13 April 2007
The Band welcomes founder member Drum Major Tony Crane.
Tony was one of the founder members when the band was formed back in 1970. He was presented with a memorial Plaque, when we as a band honoured our founder member, and helped him celebrate his 77th Birthday.
04 April 2007