The Schenectady Pipe Band Celebrates Their Centennial Year

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One of the oldest bagpipe bands in North America is paying tribute to 100 years of tradition

The Schenectady Pipe Band, a Celtic heritage organization based in upstate New York is proud to announce the celebration of their centennial year beginning in October of 2016.  As one of the oldest bagpipe bands in North America, The Schenectady Pipe Band was formed In 1917 when a stone cutter from Vermont named Isaac Riddell was chosen as the band’s first Pipe Major.  Mr. Riddell relocated to Schenectady NY and began a 100 year tradition of musical excellence that, in addition to winning the band multiple musical awards and championships, has  showcased their talents for international dignitaries, rock stars and thousands of loyal fans. It was with this tradition in mind that, in 1978, The Schenectady Pipe Band reconvened the Capital District Scottish Games, a yearly Celtic arts festival that draws thousands to the small town of Altamont, New York each Labor Day Weekend.

“The centennial celebration is our way of sharing our 100 years of tradition with our fans and the community that has been there to support us through the past century.  We have planned an entire year’s worth of events that will include concerts, album recordings, a golf tournament, and a trip to the world pipe band championships in Scotland.  All of this will culminate in an October 2017 gala event” said organizer Bill Munro.  With opportunities throughout the year to celebrate with the public, this  “Will truly be a yearlong celebration of a century of music and tradition” said Munro.

The kick-off event for this celebration will be a concert with the Schenectady Pipe Band and internationally renowned Scottish folk band North Sea Gas at the Celtic Hall in Colonie New York at 7P.M. on October 6, 2016. Come and hear more about their plans and stay for the show.  Show your press credentials at the door for free admission.  For more information on this event, or any of the activities planned throughout the Schenectady Pipe Band Centennial year celebration, please visit their website at

Watch the video: The History of The Schenectady Pipe Band

About the Schenectady Pipe Band
The Schenectady Pipe Band is a not for profit Celtic cultural organization with a mission to promote Scottish culture through education, music and fellowship. Formed in 1917, the band performs year round throughout the northeastern United States.

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