Tain Pipe Band
Tain boasts its own prestigious Pipe Band. The Pipe Band performs during summer evenings on the High Street and is present at many of the events held in Tain.
History of Tain Pipe Band:
For many years pre-war (1920’s-30’s) the band was known as the Boy Scouts Pipe Band, but in the 1930s became the Tain Burgh Pipe Band. The Band went into abeyance in 1939 for the duration of the war and was resurrected in 1946 by some of the old band members and some newcomers. In 1950 the band was taken over by the British Legion, and was called the Tain B.L. Pipe Band. Their first Pipe Major was Donald Ross, and he led an 18-20 strong band. P.M. Willie Morrison later took over as Pipe Major. The Tain B.L Pipe Band went defunct in 1956, and when the band broke up, all the uniforms were badly stored, and dampness caused irreparable damage to all of the items, except for two or three drums.
In 1995 a number of individual pipers and drummers who had been playing as a group at various local venues, set up a committee and formed The Royal Burgh of Tain Pipe Band. Raising money for uniforms proved to be a hard task, until uniforms and drums were provided by Mohammed Al Fayed (Harrods) in 1996.
The primary object of the Tain Pipe Band was, and still is, to promote an interest in Pipe Band music in the area, to entertain people and visitors, and especially, to encourage the younger generation to build up an interest in music and their heritage.