I promised some information of The Plaid & Tan Pipes & Drums, so here it is!
The Plaid and Tan Pipes and Drums is a non-profit organization formed approx. two and a half years ago. We were the idea of Nelson Stone, Pipe Major of the band and formally a piper from Fargo, North Dakota. The band meets in the mid-western city of Yankton, South Dakota. The Plaid and Tan was the first organized pipe band in South Dakota since the 1920's. The members come from many different locations including: Scotland, South Dakota; Sioux City, Iowa; and Norfolk, Nebraska. The band performs a variety of events including: parades, sports events, and festivals. The band also hosts it's annual Robert Burns Party on January 23. The party involves a lot of fine piping, poetry, harp playing, celtic dancing, and of course the TRADITIONAL HAGGIS.
Robert Burns, the Bard of Scotland, was born January 25, 1759, in Alloway, Ayreshire and died July 21, 1796. The oldest son of a struggling tenant farmer's seven children, his education was limited due to poverty. However, his parents encouraged his education and interest in Scottish folk songs. Burns loved liberty, freedom and the lassies. He is best known for his songs & poems, such as "Auld Lang Syne" and "Comin' throuth the Rye". Burns fans celebrate his birthday every year in January with food, music, poetry, and good company.
John Brady, President of The Plaid and Tan, and the Scotland Rotary Club will be hosting the second anuual Scottish Games Festival. The festival is scheduled for September 18th, 1999, and will include events such as the cabor toss, throw for distance, and wagon pull. It promises to be even more exciting and interesting than this years festival.
The band and individual members are available to perform for your engaements! Please feel free to contact any of the members for more information.
The band performs many traditional bagpipe pieces including: Scotland the Brave, Brown Haired Maiden, Scots Wha Hae Wi' Wallace Bled, and Skye Boat Song. We also feature soloist pieces and drum salutes which augment the traditional sets of material.
If you have any questions please e-mail me and check back to see any updates and The Plaid & Tan performance listings.