Where You Saw Us!!!
written Dec 2017...
2017 was our busiest yet! We performed all across Cambridgeshire, England and indeed the world!
We returned to play for several gigs, aswell as appearing for the first time in places like Burnham Market out in Norfolk, Barhill near Cambridge and the Queen's back yard up at Sandringham House! *Royal accent is surely in the post, tbc...!!*
We had mixed fortunes in the competition rings, narrowly missing out on band prizes - but our members once again came away with a whole raft of solo medals!
The Band had a truly international year; we returned for the second year to Arnhem in Holland and fielded an 11 strong group as part of a collaboration band playing at events across Asturias in northern Spain including the 17th Gijon Bagpipe Festival. We finished the year at the Birmingham International Tattoo where we were one of the largest bands present in the Tattoo massed pipes and drums performing over two nights to well over 10000 spectators.
Members of the band performed as individuals far and wide too, appearing across the UK and Europe - the band uniform even making it onto parade in Khabarovsk in the Russian far east as Iain performed with another band there!
We welcomed a raft of learners onto the band instruments, some are already getting through a tune and hopefully will debut in 2018! Hard work and dedication really paying off for both students and teachers!
Last highlight was the addition to the band of a fantastic set of drums in band red/black colours. The drummers have been chasing that for a few years and now have no excuse but to put in the work to make sure the drumming quality matches that of the instruments! no excuses now!!!
Thanks once again to all band members and their families for their support, to the event organisers who invited us along and to everyone who came to see us play. We finish 2017 all but fully booked for 2018, bring it on!
Mar 3 - Cambridgeshire Police Passing out parade
April 8th - Performance at The George Chatteris, 8pm
April 9th - Quartets/Mini Band contest indoors, St Albans
May 14 Full band Indoor contest , St Albans
May 21 - Stretham Feast
May 29 (BH Monday) - Downham Market Carnival
June 17 - Burwell Carnival
June 18 - Pipes in the Park, Colchester
June 24 - Peterborough Armed Foces Day 11am
June 24 - Werrington Carnival, Peterborough from 1.30
July 1 - Doddington Carnival, parade 10.30am
July 1 - Barhill Carnival, 1pm
July 8 - St Ives Carnival
July 15 - Burnham Market Carnival
August 2-7 - Festival in Gijon, Spain
August 12 - Huntingdon Carnival
Sept 3 - All England Pipe Band Championships,Chatsworth County Fair
Mid Sept - Arnhem Holland , Operation Market Garden Commemorations
Oct 20 - Cambridgeshire Police Passing out parade
Nov 12 Remembrance Sunday - Morning Cottenham, afternoon Ramsey
Nov 17 - Cambridgeshire Police Passing Out Parade
Nov 18 - Christmas Fair, Sandringham Estate
Nov 25/26 - Birmingham International Tattoo (performances Saturday evening and Sunday Afternoon)
Dec 8 - Whittlesey Christmas Extravaganza (Friday evening)