We are a group of approximately 20 musicians across a variety of ages ranging from 9 to 76. We're all of differing ability but none of us lack the enthusiasm that matches the vision. Led by Robin Bartholomew, we keep coming out every Monday to master our instruments whilst having fun.
The Priory Centre, an extension of The Priory Church of St Andrew the Apostle in Hamble-le-Rice, Hampshire, is our home. It's a most splendid location and gives the band its name.
Our choice of tartan is the Earl of St Andrew and the cap badge is the official Armorial Bearings of the Royal and Ancient Burgh of St Andrews.
"Dum Spiro Spero"
Our motto means ‘While there is life there is hope’, or more loosely 'Never give up’. This has been a very appropriate motto for the band over its formative years!
The band was formed initially as 'The St Andrews Pipers' which consisted of 5 pipers.
The current band was created in the early part of 2006 to follow a vision of David Pickworth to create great pipe music for all, in a fun and friendly way; not high pressure competition, but a band that could produce a decent sound and that had fun!
An established committee meets regularly and is presided over by Raymond R. Brown, whose fundraising activities have allowed the band to purchase uniforms and embellishments and whose support is invaluable.