Band Grade = 4B
Oldham Scottish Pipe Band was formed in 1926. Many people travelled to towns in Lancashire in the North of England seeking work in the cotton mills. One of the prominent towns was Oldham which housed many cotton mills so brought lots of people to the area for work. Some of the people who came to Oldham were a group of ex-patriot Scotsmen who, whilst working together, realised they shared the loves of the bagpipes and Highland music. Some of these Scotsmen came from Scottish army regiments. They began practicing the bagpipes together and formed what we now know as Oldham Scottish Pipeband. One practice night, one of the men turned up wearing his regimental kilt of the Seaforth Highlanders, the Green Mackenzie. From that day in 1926, they officially formed the band and they agreed that this would be the tartan the band would wear. As the years progressed and times changed, the band agreed to add a second tartan for casual events as the Green Mackenzie was the formal uniform. The second tartan that was added in 2000 was called Scotland The Brave Tartan, which has a heather colour.
Oldham Scottish Pipe Band has never been a highly graded band, possibly grade 2 at its highest but that was many years ago. The band are known and loved by many across the world and have many links internationally with other bands. They love to perform and enjoy entertaining others with their talents. They play at every kind of event you can think of, from official ceremonies to private birthdays and weddings and everything in between. They are a self funding band with every penny they earn from performing going back into the band to purchase new uniforms and instruments. They do a lot of charity work, for example in 1995 they played through the streets of Edinburgh to over a million people to help raise money for Marie Curie. This event is held every 5 years and Oldham Scottish Pipe Band has performed in every event. Once a year the band travel to Ireland to a place called Kiltimagh in County Mayo in March for their St Patricks Day parade. Whilst there, they travel to Bohola Roman Catholic Primary School to perform for the children then run a drumming and piping workshop where all the children can join in and try out the instruments. They also travel to Westport to perform on the 4 corners of Westport Town, whilst there, they visit the famous Matt Malloy’s Bar. Matt is a singer in the folkband, The Chieftains. Clew Bay Pipe Band are based just outside of Westport and they visit Matt Malloy’s bar to jam with Oldham Scottish Pipe Band whilst they are there.