Bitterroot Celtic Games & Gathering 2018

The band will be at the BCGG on August 18th and 19th, 2018, in Hamilton, MT, but any members who are planning to attend need to fill out a form for the mass band or solo competition (depending on if you want to compete or just play in the opening ceremony) and get it sent in.

Please click on this link and print out the applicable form, get it filled out, and in the mail by Saturday to ensure you get it post marked in time. You can also preorder tickets for any family or friends who may want to go with you.

If you have any questions, I’m happy to answer them to the best of my ability, just send me an email, text, or call.

Jesse

Update on Email Notification System

As most of you are aware, our email notification system stopped working a few weeks ago and it has resisted our efforts to get it back up and running. After conducting a thorough overhaul of the entire website and installing and configuring a new notification application, it appears that it may be back up and running again (and if you are reading this in an email, that is a good sign!).

Lets all keep our fingers crossed (but no crossing noises please), and hope that its back working!

4th of July Parade Black Eagle

The Great Falls Shrine Pipe Band will be participating in the Black Eagle 4th of July parade again this year.


The band will be meeting at 10:00am at the Black Eagle Country Club, at the corner of 12th St and Smelter Ave in Black Eagle.


The uniform for the day will be spats, diced hose, kilt, horse hair sporran, belt, white shirt and Glen Garry. If you don’t happen to have something, wear what you have.


The parade goes east down Smelter Ave to the Black Eagle Community Center, so it should be a fun time!


We look forward to seeing everyone there!


St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2018 – Band will not participate

Due to the low temperatures, 33 is the forecasted high with a possibility of snow, and the high possibility of icy roads, the band has decided not to participate in this years parade. We regret to have to have made this decision, but the safety of our instruments and members comes first. We hope next year’s weather is better and we look forward to continuing our participation in this fun event in the future.

For anyone who would still like to watch the parade, it will start on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 1pm and follow the usual route through downtown Great Falls.

White Sulphur Springs Parade September 4, 2017

The Great Falls Shrine Pipe Band will be participating in the White Sulphur Springs Labor Day parade this year on September 4, 2017.
The band will be meeting at 7:45am at the Great Falls Scottish Rite and will then proceed to White Sulphur Springs. Once in White Sulphur, we will meet up with other pipers and drummers from around the state at the Castle, 310 2nd Ave NE, White Sulphur Springs, MT, at 9:30am.

The uniform for the day will be spats, diced hose, kilt, horse hair sporran, belt, white shirt and Glen Garry. If you don’t happen to have something, wear what you have.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

BCGG 2017


Congratulations to Bill Bailley on his first solo competition, and being awarded solo drummer of the day!  

Also, here is a quick video of some of our band members playing in the mass band during the opening ceremony today at the Daly mansion in Hamilton, MT. 

https://www.facebook.com/305699993521/videos/10155684690478522/

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2017

The Great Falls Shrine Pipe Band will be participating in the Great Falls St. Patrick’s day parade on Friday , 3/17/2017 at 3:30pm.
The band will be meeting at 2:30pm at the south side of the Civic Center.

The uniform for the day will be spats, diced hose, kilt, horse hair sporran, green (or red for drummers) coat, belt and cross belt, plaid and Glen Garry, for those that have them. For those that don’t have all of the uniform, please wear what you have. It may be cold and windy, so please be prepared!

I look forward to seeing everyone there!

The passing of our Drum Major

Ted Byers passed away peacefully last Monday at Peace Hospice in Great Falls. Ted served as the Band’s Drum Major and Quarter Master for many years, and only gave up leading the band on parade after turning 91. Even after retiring from parading, Ted remained active with other band activities including managing the band’s equipment and uniforms as Quarter Master, and assisting with the Shrine Circus.

Ted spent many years drumming with the Elks competition drum corps, and he brought that knowledge and experience with him when he began playing with the pipeband, first as a bass drummer, and then as the Drum Major. Ted’s height and bearing made for an impressive sight leading the pipeband down Central Avenue, and his attention to detail with uniform and parade drill made for a great first impression as the band marched in parades and at other events. 

Ted’s funeral will be held this coming Thursday, March 2, 2017, at 2:00pm, at the Elks Lodge #214, 500 1st Ave South, Great Falls, with a reception immediately following the service.

Kilt ‘O the Falls Highland Games and Gathering August 27, 2016

The Kilt ‘O the Falls Highland Games and Gathering will occur tomorrow from 9am – 5pm (see schedule below) in the field behind the Great Falls Scottish Rite.

The band will be participating in the opening ceremony at 1pm and the closing ceremony at 4:30pm. We will need to meet no later than 12:30pm to get ready for the opening ceremony.

The uniform for the day will be spats, diced hose, kilt, horse hair sporran, belt, white shirt and Glen Garry. If you don’t happen to have something, wear what you have.

This is going to be a fairly large event with clans, vendors, beer tent, live music, highland athletics, and of course the pipes and drums. We will have members from both the Billings Caledonia Pipe Band and the Celtic Dragon Pipe Band from Missoula attending, and my have others show up as well, so it will be a great chance to meet other players and do some in-state networking.

There will also be a solo piping competition that is occuring from about 9:30am, so if you are interested stop down and listen, or even better, compete!

The schedule of events:
9:00 – Gate opens, Games begin, Solo piping registration
9:30 – Solo Piping Competition Begins
11:00 – Piping Workshop
11:30 – Russell Country Cloggers
12:00 – Rare Ould Times
12:30 – Form up for Opening Ceremony
1:00 – Parade of the Clans
1:30 – Great Falls Pipeband Tent setup – Try the pipes!
2:00 – Cry of the Dear
3:00 – Thorns Among Roses
3:30 – Bonnie Knees Contest
4:00 – Thorns Among Roses
4:00 – Form up for Closing Ceremony
4:30 – Closing

This should be a good recruitment opportunity for new members, so please try and make it down to help man the tent from 1:30 – 4:00. I will have a set or two of pipes for the public to try, as well as a practice chanter and sticks and a pad for the drums.

See you tomorrow!