Bready Ulster Scots
Wednesday – 8pm
There are records from the 1850s of a flute band from Bready leading the local lodge at Twelfth demonstrations. In the years after the Great War of 1914-18, many veterans recalled the effect that pipers had on morale in the Scottish and Irish regiments. In 1929 local people formed a pipe band in Bready.
Using second-hand pipes and drums the band attended its first Twelfth in July of that year with Willie Doherty as pipe major. Willie Doherty led the pipe band until the early 1960s, taking time out to serve in World War II. His successor was Leslie Campbell whose involvement with the band began in 1942 when he was aged fourteen. Bill Walker took over as pipe major in the late 1970s. The band started competing in competitions in 1977. In 1979 the band was second in the All-Ireland Championships, and in 1981, 1983 and 1984 it was Northwest Champions. In 1982 Bertie Campbell took over as Pipe Major and in 2000 he was succeeded by his son Robert. The band was upgraded to Grade 3 in 1989 and achieved the best from the Band in Grade 3A. The greatest achievements the band has enjoyed are:
– Runners-up in British Championships (1995, 1996)
– Runners-up in All-Ireland Championships (2002)
– Runners-up in World Championships (2003)
In 2010 the teaching of the pipe corps was taken over by P/M Alan Campbell and this has been a huge support to the pipe corps with several first place trophies won during the 2011 season including All Ireland Champions 2011 (Piping)
The Drum Corps under Drum Sergeant, Martin Campbell have been Ulster Champions several times, British champions three times and All-Ireland Champions in 2002.
Bready Pipe Band was renamed Bready Ulster Scots Pipe Band in 2004.
Lord Laird of Artigarvan is the Honorary President of the Band.
In 2011 the Drum Corps was taken over by Drum Sergeant Robert Nutt after a change in personnel.
Bready Ulster Scots Pipe Band are currently competing in Grade 4A and after some re-forming aim to be back up into Grade 3 in the forthcoming seasons.