The Fredericton Society of Saint Andrew Pipe Band was formed in 1927. Since that time the band has performed throughout Canada, the U.S, Scotland, England, Bermuda, and France. This band is the only pipe band in North America to have been invited and traveled in France on 5 occasions, 1998, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007. We have attended the Festival Interceltique in Lorient twice, another first for North American Pipe Bands (’98, ’04), and in September 2007 the band represented the province of New Brunswick at the “Briezh Touch” festival and parade in Paris, France. This parade was believed to have brought crowds of approximately 500,000 people. Some members of the band were also invited to play in “Rugby Town” – the official fan headquarters of the IRB World Cup of Rugby adjacent to the Eiffel Tower. The band played prior to the Ireland – France game.
The band not only travels to perform concerts and parades, but are a competitive-based pipe band. We have experienced great success “at the line” in competitions over the years. Since the band moved up to the Grade 2 competition level in 1986 it’s had the distinction of appearing on the prize list at the North American Pipe band Championship every year it’s competed and won the top prize five times, the last being in August 2006. We have also won the Atlantic Canadian Champion Supreme award over 15 times for Grade 2.
Of equal importance to the band is the respect it’s earned from the rest of the pipe band fraternity for its ability to repeatedly re-invent itself. Throughout the long history of concert and competitive excellence it’s been a teaching band. The “Junior” Pipe Band program has been cited and emulated by a number of other pipe band organizations.
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