Montreat Scottish Society

Montreat Scottish Pipes & Drums
shown above at 2004 MSS Scottish Gala)

(Shown below at 2004 Kirkin' in Montreat)

Montreat Scottish Pipes & Drums            CD (click here)
    For over 28 years, the Montreat Scottish Pipes & Drums band has entertained thousands while promoting the heritage and growth of traditional Scottish music.  Based out of the Asheville area, the band includes members from Avery, Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania, and Jackson Counties in North Carolina. 
   The Montreat Pipes and Drums competes at Scottish festivals and highland games (click for list of engagements where the band will play in 2006) in the Southeast and performs at church services, festivals, parades, and other public and private functions in the region. The entire band, smaller units, and individuals frequently play for weddings, banquets, conventions, funerals, parties, and school groups.
   The picture below was taken just after the 2000 Asheville Christmas Parade, and later modified on April 6th, 2001 (Tartan Day).  
    The Montreat Scottish Pipes and Drums have enjoyed a long history of popularity and support as they bring their message of the great highland bagpipes and traditional Scottish music to listeners everywhere.  
   The Montreat Scottish Pipes and Drums originated in 1973 as the Asheville Highlanders, and in 1974 the band began competing and performing at Highland Games and various festivals around the eastern United States.  
    In 1983 the Montreat Scottish Society assumed sponsorship of the band---originally outfitting the band in the Prince Charles Edward Stewart tartan and full military uniform.  
   In 1997 the Scottish Society designed and received  commission of the Montreat tartan, and in 2000 the band was re-outfitted in the new and unique tartan.
   The Montreat Scottish Pipes  and Drums have been regular performers at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, Montreatís Kirkin' o' the Tartan, 
numerous festivals, and special services. (Click here to see more band pictures from 2005 Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.)
   The band ha
s also been honored performers at such events as North Carolina's 200th Anniversary celebration in Manteo, NC; the World's Fair in Knoxville, TN; the 100th Anniversary of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC; and the Performing Arts Series in Pittsburgh, PA.  
   The band has joined forces for many performances with the Avery County-based Blue Ridge Brass, playing traditional as well as original music. The combined bands toured and performed in Scotland during the summer of 1997 (see the band below at Glencoe, Scotland). The combined bands will tour Scotland again in late summer 2006.
Montreat Scottish Pipes & Drums — Members
Pipe Major Joe Bailey
Pipe Sergeant Kathi Graham
Drum Major Larry Sorkin
Drum Sergeant Tim Walker
Drums Susan Bailey (Bass)
Robert Baughn
Katherine Henderson
Paul Salos
Bill Snyder
Pipes Tim Hendrix
Ella Markland
Adam McDonald
Leisa Stamey
Ora Wells
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Ron Vinson or Anna Hodgkin