The Isle of Arran Pipe Band are a community band based on the Isle of Arran, Scotland. The band is led by Pipe Major Malcolm Wheeler and proudly wears the Isle of Arran tartan having changed from the Hunting Stewart tartan which you'll see in pre-2016 pictures of the band.
You can see the band play at events around Arran throughout the year - check out the schedule page for a list of upcoming performances.
The highlight of the band's year is the Brodick Highland Games which happens in August each year, and sees a number of bands travel over to the island to play both individually and along with the Arran band in the massed pipes and drums both at the Highland Games field and at the ferry terminal.
If you want to learn a band instrument or join the band...
...get in touch using the contact page, or pop into the band's weekly rehearsal outside at the Ormidale at 7.30pm each Friday night.
A word from James O’Neil, music teacher at Arran High School:
"When I moved to Arran in 2015 to become the music teacher in the high school, it took me a while to discover the wealth of musical expertise and legacy already existing on the island. It wasn’t until a chance conversation between David Lambert, Ally Hume and myself at the Douglas Burns’ Supper that there was a hunger for a large scale re-ignition of piping and drumming on the island for young people.
We quickly set about establishing the Isle of Arran Music School SCIO and worked in conjunction with island head teachers and local community members to bring the strands together to create a fully funded tuition programme providing equitable opportunity for all island school pupils. I am personally very proud of having around 1/5 of all island school pupils learning chanter/pads in the initial stage of the project and this has now rocketed into an established tuition programme which now forms part of that wealth of island musical offering, and in time, becomes part of the aforementioned musical legacy on the Isle of Arran."
Please follow this link to Facebook for information about the: Isle of Arran Music School Pipe Band
Many thanks to Gordon Kinniburgh from the Arran Cheese Shop for sponsoring the pipe band. The band is delighted to have a new drum and will soon be displaying the familiar Isle of Arran Cheese Shop logo. We are looking forward to performing outside the shop very soon.