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History

The Band was formed in 1950 and the first public appearance was in 1951. The first competition entered was The Mini Bands at the Ulster Hall, Belfast in 1953 in the Novice Grade.The inaugural Pipe Major was Harry Kelso, who amazingly, also taught the Drum Corps, a dual role which is unheard of in modern day pipe bands! The Patron of the band in it's formative years was Harry Ferguson (The inventor of the Massey Ferguson Tractor!). James Reid was President and Sam Magowan, Member of Parliament and Justice of the Peace, was Chairman, during the formation. James Reid was relieved of the Presidency by Robert Doagh, Robert held office until 2005 and currently resides in Scotland. Our current President is Campbell Magowan, a long term supporter of the band.The first tartan worn by the band was the Black Watch Highland dress tartan, then the green Douglas Highland dress tartan, then the green Douglas evening dress tartan. The present day tartan worn by the band is, the Prince Charles Edward Stuart tartan. Two original members still serve with the bands committee, Cecil McMullan & Lexie Burrows. Lexie is also the Band Chairman and Honorary Pipe Major, having served as Pipe Major for thirty three years.