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Help the LA Scots travel to Scotland
$2,880 Raised
58% of $5k goal
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2 Years running
Hello! We are the LA Scots Pipe band, the only grade 1 pipe band in the USA. We are asking for your help get us to Scotland for our annual trip to the World Pipe Band Championships. More ...

The Los Angeles Scottish Pipe Band was originally started in 1961 by founding members P/M Jimmy Thompson, P/S Ian MacDonald and D/S Charlie Capperauld. This group was very successful throughout the 1960s and the early 1970s. During the peak period when they reached Grade A Status (now referred to Grade 1) the band had some of the best talent in the area, including Jimmy McCall. Former Gold Medal Winner in Scotland. This group competed through 1974. In the early 1990s, son’s of founding members revived the “LA Scots” name by combining players from two existing bands in the area – Beach Cities Pipe Band and Scottish Heritage PB under P/M Scott Ruscoe and D/S Tom Foley. Scott MacDonald became Pipe Major in 1992. Scott is the son of former founding member P/M Ian MacDonald. Under Scott’s leadership, the band established itself as the premier pipe band in the United States. The LA Scots started off in Grade 2 and competed successfully in Canada and Scotland. The band’s crown prize was winning the 1997 World Championship in Grade 2 in Scotland – marking the first time an American band had won this honor. Later that summer the band was upgraded into Grade 1 by both the Western United States Pipe Band Association and the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association. This is the highest grade a band can reach and is an elite level of international accomplishment. In Grade 1, the Los Angeles Scots have placed as high as 11th in the World Championships on three occasions at the annual competition held in Glasgow, Scotland. Most recently the band placed 13th Overall in the 2013 event The band is now under the leadership of P/M Colin Armstrong and D/S Molly Steuber. Colin has been leading the band since P/M Scott MacDonald stepped down in 2005. Colin is Scott’s nephew making him a third-generation Pipe Major from the MacDonald Family. The Los Angeles Scots are considered the Premier Pipe Band in the United States – evidenced by the number of players who travel thousands of miles to be a member of this successful organization. Since the 1990 relaunch of the LA Scots, the band has been home to over 150 band members! The current Grade 1 group is made up of 20 Pipers, 10 Snare Drummers, 7 in the Bass & Tenor Section, and a Drum Major. The band is also home to a Grade 3 and 4 competition bands. Many of our players are active instructors, judges, and respected leaders within the international pipe band community.

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