The New Ross and District Pipe Band was founded in 1974 and since its inception has striven to achieve the highest musical standards.

The band currently has two separate band sections which compete in competitions at two different levels and a new Beginners’ Group bringing total band membership to almost 60 members.

Our ‘A’ pipe band which competes in Grade 3A . The ‘A’ band is in the top 3 bands in the Republic of Ireland.

Our ‘B’ band which competes in Grade 4B. The ‘B’ band acts as a development band for the ‘A’ band.

Our current Beginner’s Section was set up in Autumn 2019 and this section currently has 15 members. The band is currently in the process of fund-raising for equipment and uniforms for this group of young musicians.

The New Ross pipe band has always placed a great emphasis on teaching young people in the traditional arts of piping and drumming and a number of its members also play other instruments such as banjo, guitar, keyboard, flute and bodhran. The band always likes to feature its young musicians in its concert performances and the band takes enormous pride in the attitude and performance of its young players. The band has regularly performed its ‘Celtic Weave’ concert in Ireland and in France where the band has been a regular visitor to the Festival Interceltique in Lorient, Brittany. The ‘Celtic Weave’ concert features singers, dancers, traditional musicians, keyboard and guitar, as well as full pipe band.

The New Ross Pipe Band has visited many countries including USA (Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day parade; Virginia Tattoo), Spain, Lithuania, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and France. They have led the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in London and they have performed for Pope John Paul II in the Vatican in Rome. Highlights of their competition successes include winning the World Pipe Band Championships on two separate occasions; winning the Scottish Pipe Band Championships in Grade 3B and winning the All Ireland Pipe Band Championships in Grades 4 , Grade 3B and Grade 3A. In 2018, the band won 2nd. Prize at the World Pipe Band championships in Grade 3A.

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