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The Wake & District Pipe Band would like to congratulate NC State Pipes and Drums for turning 40; 2008 marks the 40th anniversary of the band. The band was founded in 1968 by two graduate students, Ted Tonkinson and Bob Howland, who offered beginning piping lessons through the NCSU Student Center. William Muirhead donated funds for the purchase of the first instruments, and the band became part of the NCSU Music Department in the spring of 1969. Today, they are one of the oldest active college-sponsored pipe bands in the United States.

Over the years the Pipes and Drums have performed throughout North Carolina at concerts, parades, and festivals. Their “Music from the British Isles” concert with the NCSU British Brass band has been a NCSU Music Department offering since 1970. Other notable performances include: two guest appearances with the NC Symphony, playing for the openings of the NC Museums of Art, History, and Science, twice piping Governor Mike Easley to the Capitol during his inaugurations, and giving concerts on several occasions at UNC and Duke. The band began competing in 1973 and has participated in contests at highland games as far away as Canada and Scotland. To date they have amassed over sixty first place awards. Pipes and Drums has also distinguished itself as one of the invited bands for the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games since 1979.

To celebrate this point in the band’s history – they hosted a special concert on Saturday, November 8th in conjunction with a band alumni reunion. Here is a video link from part of the concert performance: NCSU Pipes and Drums Calypso Tune



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