Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe BandShotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band was formed in 1910 under the leadership of Pipe Major Dugald MacFarlane, under very humble circumstances indeed in that the band practiced in the kitchen of his home, a room and kitchen in a miner’s row known as a ‘But and Ben’. So conscientious were they that within four years, by hard work and perseverance, they purchased their first uniform of McKenzie tartan and from then on entered for every competition available without success, until in 1929 when Pipe Major Tom McAllister took charge, from whence they went on from one success to another to win the Grade 2 championship in 1935.
Upgraded to Grade 1 in 1936, they won on their very first appearance the British Championship and from then onwards, honours came to them hard and fast culminating in the coveted World Championship in 1948 and again in 1952.
Now, in 2005, their record is second to none - 16 times Champions of Champions, 14 times World Champions: 22 times European Champions, 29 times British Champions - not to mention 18 successes at the Scottish Championships. Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band is one of the finest pipe and drum bands in the world, certain to delight and entertain audiences of all ages.
Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band have released one album on Temple Records 'Another Quiet Sunday' (Temple Records COMD2037), which also features guest appearances by Battlefield Band
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