Welcome to the Malahide Pipe Band site (Work In Progress)
Welcome to the Malahide Pipe Band website.
The Malahide and District Pipe Band website was set up with the objective to give information about the band, its activities and contact details for anyone wishing to join up, support the band or just find out more information.
The website contains a various details about to current activities. In the menu options you will find a mixture of images and content which we intend to add to as the year progresses.
The objective of Malahide Pipe Band is teach piping and drumming to anyone interested, and to play at local events and competitions nation wide We hope you enjoy your time here and if you have and comments, suggestions or like more information about the band
FOUR BAND OBJECTIVES
a) To promote & encourage the culture and advancement of Piping and Drumming in Malahide and surrounding areas
b) To participate in Pipe Band competitions and represent the Malahide at competitions around the country
c) To offer piping and drumming tuition (beginners to advanced levels) in an environment that promotes and encourages fellowship between all members and other bands.
d) To support local events or other organisations where the spectacle of pipers or drummers would enhance the occasion
NEW JOINERS WELCOME
2013 - new joiners welcome, please contact the pipe band by email for more details.
If you are interesting in joining the band and learning to play what does it involve......
In summary we meet once or twice a week in Yellow Walls. Classes are held to teach people to play the Bagpipes and Snare Drums. The aim is to have a band that will play at competitions around the country and abroad during the Summer months, and to support other local events or charity events in the area too. At the same time the Band hopes to build a family friendly social aspect.
New joiners are welcome. The instruments are not particularly hard to play, but lots of practice and determination is needed to learn how to play, read music, learn scores and parade as one group. Beginners will need to supply their drum sticks and practice pads or practice pipe chanters to start. We can advise on that.
Fund raising and sponsorship is important and some subs are needed to cover the cost of running the band and for the purchasing equipment. Generally children 10+ years to adults can learn, if you have an aptitude for this, you will know very quickly. Young people generally can pick up the past time quickly and enjoy the music, competition and travel aspects
For more details on playing or just supporting the Band just email, Thanks
If you would like to see what a Juvenile Pipe Band sounds like playing at the World Championships here as some examples
HISTORY OF THE BAND
A short synopsis of the history of the Malahide Pipe Band - the band was founded in 1954 and was orginaly known as St Sylvesters Pipe Band. It played at local events and competitions in locations such as the Balmoral Show Grounds Belfast, Harolds Cross Dublin, Dunoon-Cowal Scotland and at Fleadh Ceol in Tralee.
In the gallery below is a rare Irish Pipe Band Association certificate won playing in Howth. The details noted on the certificate are as follows: 2nd prize, Juvenile Section / Miniature Band Contest / Summit Ballroom Howth / 13th April 1958 / Piping Judge George Purcell / Drumming Judge Thomas Merrigan
The band was particularly noted for 'piping in' successful sports people into Malahide village, starting outside the village and marching over the railway bridge into Malahide. One particularly remembered occasion was the piping the successful golfer Tom Cradock into Malahide after wining a national golf competition.
The Band fell into hiatus around 1963. The economic situation at the time and demands on its members meant that the band could not function as before. It was not until 1993 that the band was re-established and began to practice in the same Band Room used 30 years before. It was with great support of the local community (for which the Band is in debited) and efforts of the then band members, that the band was kitted out to parade in public again.
In its first year the band won the All-Ireland 4B 1993 and became Champion of Champions in the same year. Since then the band has continued to meet and play. Most recently the Malahide Pipe Band played at the Howth East of Ireland Championships 2008 and won 2nd prize grade 4B and Best Drums.
When the Malahide Pipe Band was re-established it was noted that the grounds of Malahide Castle would be an great venue for the pipe band competition. This idea was pursued and a spin off from the band was a dedicated team who organised the Festival of Piping and Drumming. This proved to be a well attended and well regarded season opener, drawing bands from all over Ireland and Scotland to 2007.
The Band recently decided to develop a website that would contain information about the Band, updates etc and over the years become location for past any achievements, photos or events .