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Marlacoo & District

History

Marlacoo Pipe Band were formed in 1949 by members of Marlacoo Orange Lodge.

In the early 1960’s Marlacoo first entered the competition scene under the leadership of Pipe Major Jim Hewitt, where they first had success winning several awards plus champions of champions on several occasions, attached picture taken in front of Gilford Castle depicts the band with their silverware from the early 1960’s. Jim Hewitt remained as PM until 1978.

In 1978 Rab Thornbury took on the position of Pipe Major and was assisted by George McCoo as Leading Drummer.

After a successful start with Marlacoo, Rab Thornbury in 1980 took the band to their first ever visit to Glasgow and the World Pipe Band Championships as after a great display finished in 2nd place in Grade 3.

After returning the following year to the World Pipe Band Championship in Aberdeen the band went one step further than the previous year and were crowned grade 3 World Champions, and were upgraded into grade 2.

After a short term away from the competition scene in the late 1980’s Marlacoo returned to grade 4 in 1990 where they became World Champions in Grade 4 under the leadership of PM Cameron Dodds and leading drummer George McCoo.

The following year, 1991 the band returned again to grade 3 at the Worlds and under the leadership of PM Cameron Dodds and LD George McCoo where place 2nd in grade 3.

Marlacoo didn’t return again to the competition scene until 2003 under the leadership of PM Isaac Grant and LD Richard Coffey, again successful at the worlds in grade 4 where they were placed 2nd, the following year the band upgraded to grade 3A where placed 2nd in the worlds and then again in 2005 in grade 3A were placed 2nd again. 
The following year the band played in grade 2 for a season before taking a break from the competition scene. 

The band then again came out under the leadership of PM Wayne Byrne and LD Gareth Ingram where they have successfully moved up the grades from grade 4B to grade 3A in successive seasons.