About the Band

Williamwood Pipe Band has grown from a Boys Brigade band which was formed in 1946. It is based in the Clarkston area of Glasgow where we practice twice a week. 

We currently have over 50 members whose ages range from eight to over seventy.

The aim of the band is to sustain the growth of Scottish musical culture, to teach anyone who wants to learn, to encourage youth development and to spread the joy of music through our performances in both competitions and gigs.

We play at parades, gala days, concerts, professional body dinners, weddings and compete in major pipe band championships and local highland games.

Our overseas connections are very special to us and we have frequently performed at -

  • Muhldorf am Inn and Balingen, Germany
  • Tapia de Casariego and Aviles, Spain
  • Rabat, Morocco 
  • Chicago, United States of America
  • Turkey
  • Sicily, Italy
  • Ville-la-Grand, France
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Pilzen, Czech Republic

Last year, as well as playing several competions across the United Kingdom, we played for the tennis Davis Cup Tour, the International Homeless Football Tournament, played an Armistace parade in Coatbridge and joined the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra at the Roycal Concert Hall in Glasgow. 

The band leaders are as follows - 

Andy Melvin - Pipe Major

Andy has been pipe major of Williamwood Pipe Band for over forty years now. He is also a fantastic piping tutor.

David Watson & Scott Ratcliffe - Pipe Sergeants

David re-joined the band in 2015 after a break from Williamwood, playing at Grade 2 level. Last year he was promoted to senior pipe sergeant.

Scott started learning the bagpipes through the Boys Brigade in 2004 aged 11, before joining the band in 2006. He was awarded Piper's Piper of the Year in 2014 and last year he was promoted to junior pipe sergeant. Scott also tutors our learning pipers before they become members of the pipe corps.

Colin Bolton and Stuart MacNab - Lead Drummers

Colin was formally lead drummer for Stamperland Pipe Band. He joined us in 2012, taking on the role as our lead drummer. He was awarded Drummer's Drummer of the Year in 2014.

Stuart joined the band in 2009, and was awarded Drummer's Drummer of the Year. He was promoted to lead drummer in 2011, before having a short break to play at Grade 2 level. He re-joined the band in 2015 and last year, Stuart was asked to share the role of lead drummer with Colin. Stuart is a fantastic teacher and is always happy to teach our learner drummers and those who may need a helping hand. His dad also plays in our pipe corps!   

Fiona McLellan - Lead Tenor Drummer

Fiona joined the band in 2009 as a complete beginner and took on the role as lead tenor drummer in 2011. Fiona is also our standby bass drummer, and in 2014 was told by a Grade 1 judge that she was one of the best bass drummers he had ever heard!

Tutors

The band welcomes people at any stage in their muscial ability. The band have a group of fantastic tutors - 

  • Iain Melvin - Bagpipe Tutor. Iain teaches our complete beginner pipers. Iain also tutors privately on a Tuesday night.
  • Billy Hill - Snare Drumming Tutor. Billy teaches our complete beginner drummers, he is also one of our competing snare drummers.
  • Joe Fleming - Snare Drumming Tutor. Joe also writes our snare drum music.
  • Louise Augaitis - Tenor / Bass Drumming Tutor. Louise is a full-time tenor drum tutor. She teaches from complete beginners, through to members who have playing for a number of years, always helping to improve existing skills. Louise also writes our tenor and bass scores.

Constitution

We operate under our constitution which is approved by the membership. You can access the PDF here.

Child Protection Statement

We take the safety of all children performing with us very seriously. You can read our CPS here.