Fredericton Society of Saint Andrew Pipe Band

Fredericton Society of Saint Andrew Pipe Band

Founded in 1927, the Fredericton Society of Saint Andrew Pipe Band has made its mark both locally and internationally with performances spanning Canada, the United States, Scotland, England, Bermuda, and France. It holds the unique distinction of being the only North American pipe band to receive five invitations to France (1998, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007). The band’s involvement in the Festival Interceltique in Lorient on two occasions marked a significant step for North American pipe bands. They represented New Brunswick at the “Briezh Touch” festival and parade in Paris in 2007, an event that drew an audience of about 500,000 spectators. Some of its members were also invited to play at the IRB World Cup of Rugby’s official fan headquarters, “Rugby Town,” prior to the Ireland-France game.

Fredericton Society of Saint Andrews Pipe Band

The Fredericton Society of Saint Andrew Pipe Band goes beyond offering concerts and parades; it is also a competitive entity. It has seen considerable success in competitions over the years. Upon their ascension to the Grade 2 competition level in 1986, they’ve been a consistent feature on the prize list at the North American Pipe band Championship each year they’ve competed, clinching the top prize five times, most recently in August 2006. They have also been awarded the Atlantic Canadian Champion Supreme award for Grade 2 over 15 times.

In addition to their competitive and performance accolades, the band has gained respect for its capacity to continuously reinvent itself. Throughout their long history, they have been a teaching band. Their “Junior” Pipe Band program has been recognized and replicated by several other pipe band organizations.

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  1. I was born and raised in Marysville NB. Retired from the RCMP in 1995, my NB wife and I went on a remarkable travel journey since that time. Nothing ever stirred our home spirit more than the summer Scottish festival and the St. Andrews pipe band. My wife of 42 yrs passed away due to cancer in April this year and I intend to lay her to rest beside my grandparents in Lower Lincoln. Because of her Irish roots (Kelly) and my Scot roots (MacKinnon) I am looking for a piper to play one piece at her funeral on July 30/16 – Mul of Kintyre. I would hire the whole band if you were available and I could afford you. I am currently in Turks and Caicos Islands.

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