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Under the leadership of Campbell Cairns, Leapmoor Pipe Band meets at 6.30pm on a Sunday evening in Westburn Church Youth Hall (formerly St Luke’s). New members are welcome to come along for drum tuition and to learn the chanter.

DSC_2066.JPG Leapmoor Scout Pipe Band were invited to lead the Greenock District Girl Guides on their Centenary Year Thinking Day Parade.

This gave the Band the opportunity to show off their new drums and trailer recently obtained thanks to a very generous grant from Awards for All

On Sunday 31st May 2009, Leapmoor Pipe Band turned out to lead the annual Greenock and District Scout Parade. Over 700 Scouts assembled in the Battery Park Greenock to march and from the Old Gourock and Ashton Church. A huge crowd of parents, friends and other onlookers enjoyed the stirring sound of the pipes and drums as they paraded along the main roads of Greenock and Gourock.


2009_LeapmoorBand_0409.jpgOn Sunday 19th April 2009,Sunday 10 members of Leapmoor Scout Pipe Band led the West Lothian District Scout Founder’s Day Parade which was celebrating 100 Years of Sea Scouts to St. Michaels Kirk, Linlithgow in the grounds of Linlithgow Palace. Along with the Centenary Band the band represented Greenock & District scouts well – so much so that they have been asked to play at the Bo’ness Childrens Festival at the end of June.

During the Centenary Year, the band was invited to form part of the Scout Centenary Band and take part in various events namely:-

Dunfermline Abbey – Founder’s Day Service – Sunday 4 March 2007.

This was the Centenary Band’s first official Outing. Over 60 Pipers and Drummers attended from all over Scotland to march through the park to the Abbey and play while guests left the Abbey after the service. 12 members of Leapmoor Scout Pipe Band played as part of the Centenary Band. Michael Oakley was one of two pipers chosen to play with the Colour Party as they moved to the front of the parade and back to the park pavillion. After the buffet the Band played a selection of tunes on the stage . The rain failed to dampen every ones spirits and all had a really good time.

Blair Castle – Centenary Awards Ceremony – Sunday 13 May 2007

12 members of Leapmoor Scout Pipe Band joined forty other pipers and drummers from all over Scotland as part of the Centenary Pipe Band in playing in this magnificent setting for those receiving awards. It rained constantly but this did diminish the performance of the band. All really enjoyed this second outing for the band. Well done.

Founders Day Parade June 8th. Greenock

12 Members of Leapmoor Scout Pipe Band supported by a dozen members of the Centenary Band led this years parade from the Esplanade to the town hall in horrendous weather. Thanks to all members of the Centenary Band who turned out to support us and to play well despite the rain. Some band members joined Clydebank Pipe Band to play at the party after the formal service.

Palace of Holyrood House – King/Queen Scout Reunion – Friday 22 June 2007

A Centenary Band of 88 Drummers and Pipers attended from all over Scotland. 12 members of Leapmoor Pipe Band gave up a days work and school to attend this prestigious event. The band played for a total of three hours in the Palace. 2 hours in the morning while the rain came down and an hour after lunch in glorious sunshine. Thanks again to all band members who managed to the event and for all their hard work.

Sunrise Day – Wednesday 1st. August.

Once again it rained !! Six members of the band turned out for this early morning event and played while the 100 sign was formed on the playing fields of the Battery Park. Thanks again to those who managed along.

Edinburgh Festival Cavalcade Parade 12th. August 2007

60 members of the Centenary Pipe Band joined this colourful parade of floats parading through the streets of Edinburgh to the cheers of 180,000 onlookers. 8 members of Leapmoor Scout Pipe Band thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the wonderful atmosphere. A Japanese tourist after the event took pictures of some of the Leapmoor Scout Pipe Band . He himself is a scout leader in Japan and wished to link up with Scottish Scout Groups. He has subsequently e-mailed the photo to myself. Again thanks for all the hard work of the band members.

Aberdeen – Scottish Gang Show – Saturday 18 August 2007

The Centenary Band played at the matinee and evening performances of this wonderful event. The majority of the band on this occasion was made up from Leapmoor Scout Pipe Band from Greenock and the Hawick Scout Fellowship Pipe Band. The evening performance was particularly pleasing in that all band members were indeed all scouts. The majority of whom were from Greenock. Kieron McGarrity was the undoubted star of the show showing of his drumming and piping skills. Well done for all the hard work that the band have put in.

Royal Yacht Britannia – Chief Commissioner’s Thank You Event – Wednesday 3 October 2007.
Five members of Leapmoor Pipe Band attended this function. The band size was restricted to 23 for the occasion. All enjoyed the reception on the ship and taking photographs in the state reception rooms. The band played a selection of marches and slow airs on the quay side as the flags were lowered at the end of the evening. Thanks to Marie- Clair Davidson, tenor drummer, Michael Oakley, Douglas McIntyre and David Storey all pipers for playing at this colourful event. All had a good sleep on the journey home after a visit to McDonalds!

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Comment from Campbell Cairns
Time October 5, 2007 at 9:11 am

Centenary Camp Ardgowan Estate 25th. -27th. May 2007.
9 members of the band camping with their own scout troops came together to play at the closing ceremony on this major district event. The main arena was extremely water logged and muddy from the torrential rain the previous day. The appearance was brief and as directed by Kenny Wilson master of ceremonies.

Campbell Cairns
Pipe Major

Comment from Donald Adey
Time November 3, 2009 at 9:15 pm

My congratulations to Campbell for keeping a grand tradition of Scout Pipe Bands alive in Greenock District. He and I reformed the old 75th in the Old West Kirk in the 1970’s. My last Scouting role was as County Treasurer for Cambridgeshire where I now reside.

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