Galas and Parades
Piping Services Scotland, in association with the Williamwood Pipe Band, has added a musical element to a number of gala days, parades and local fetes. This also includes providing pipers and pipe bands for marathons and fun-runs.
The gala days and local fetes that we have annually provided musical entertainment at are Strathaven Gala day (South Lanarkshire); Lilias Day Parade, Kilbarchan (Renfrewshire); Springside Gala Day (Ayrshire); Williamwood Church Fete (East Renfrewshire), Gorbals Parade (Glasgow).
We have also previously provided musical entertainment at Castlemilk Gala Day (Glasgow); Penilee Gala Day (Glasgow); Howood Gala Day (Renfrewshire) and Fauldhouse Gala Day (West Lothian).
Piping Services have assisted in providing pipe bands for both the Lord Provost's Parade and Boys' Brigade Queen's Badge Parade in Glasgow. There have been occasional requests to provide a band for other commercial and political parades over the years, but these are few and far between.
We have also provided solo pipers for each mile point in the Glasgow Marathon, and the Glasgow Half Marathon, and a pipe band for the East Renfrewshire Fun Run and 10K competition.
The partners in Piping Services have experience arranging and performing in many different concerts. The arrangement of such an event includes organising the program and running order as well as setting up the venue itself.
Most of the concerts that Piping Services has been involved in have included the Williamwood Pipe Band, however occasionally other concert organisers request pipers or drummers to accompany dancers.
The PS Partners have taken part in concerts all over the world, although there is still a need to show off the local talents in and around our home country. Some of the local shows and concerts we have performed at include pipe band concerts at a local theatre, joint concerts with other organisations, held at The Royal Concert Hall and other concert venues around Glasgow, and occasional smaller groups in community centres and smaller venues.
The Williamwood Pipe Band normally organise one concert each year, around late Autumn or early Winter. This includes the full pipe band; combinations of pipers and drummers; solo piping; drum salutes; Highland or Irish dancers and occasionally invited guest performers. Previous concerts have included The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra, the East Renfrewshire Schools Orchestra, the Barrhead Burgh Band; The Auburn Singers (Barrhead); bands from the Albertslund Musikskole (Denmark), The Rogues, a Celtic group from Texas (U.S.A.) and some other local and overseas artistes.
Some of the overseas concerts include full pipe band concerts in Denmark, Germany, Spain and The Czech Republic, smaller concerts with a mini band in Australia and Chicago and some solo work within bigger concerts in Turkey, France and Italy. For details of this please visit our 'playing away' pages of this website.
The size of the audiences have varied enormously, from a few specially invited individuals, through small groups of music lovers right up to large crowds congregating in town squares, marquees and stadiums.