The Louisville Pipe Band was officially organized in 1988, but has its roots leading back to 1978. Today, the Louisville Pipe Band is one of only two competitive bagpipe bands in Kentucky. Members enjoy playing bagpipes and drums in Grade IV and Grade V sanctioned bagpipe band competitions, in sanctioned solo competitions, and performing for audiences in mini-band settings, parades and on stage.
The band is registered with the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA) one of the largest and most respected bagpipe associations in the United States.
Lessons are offered to individuals of all ages interested in learning how to play the bagpipes, snare or flourishing tenor drum.
Members are drawn from throughout Kentucky and southern Indiana.
The Band is a charitable non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and is financially sustained by performance fees, private donations and corporate sponsorships to support teaching programs, scholarships and travel to competitions.
In 2000, the band was designated as the official pipe band of Kentucky.
The band wears the Ancient Henderson kilt (see pattern below) for its uniform in recognition of the historical relationship between Daniel Boone and Col. Richard Henderson. Clan Henderson assisted with the initial purchase of kilts in September 1994 and continues to kindly provide periodic financial support.
The Band’s accomplishments:
* Developing an on-going bagpipe and Scottish drumming program at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center in Crestwood, KY.
* Ongoing advising and teaching of more than 40 members of the Louisville Police Pipes and Drums.
* Playing at the opening and the closing ceremonies for the PGA Ryder Cup held at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky.
* Presenting a concert at the Bomhard Theater in the Kentucky Center with special guest and world class solo bagpiper, Alasdair Gillies.
* Competing in the World Pipe Band Championships in Scotland.