The most common form of pipe band consists of a section of bagpipe players, a section of snare drummers, assisted by tenor drummers and usually one, though occasionally two, bass drummers. The entire drum section is known collectively as the drum corps. The music played by pipe bands generally consists of music from the Scottish tradition, the Irish tradition and the Breton tradition, either in the form of traditional folk tunes and dances or music from the Western tradition that has been adapted for pipes. Examples of typical pipe bands forms include marches, slow airs, up-tempo jigs and reels, and strathspeys. In conventional pipe band music, each section of instruments has a different role in the music.
The band was formed in , and along with the City of Melbourne Highland Pipe Band is one of the oldest pipe bands in Australia. As one of the only pipe bands in Western Australia at this time the band called themselves 'The Gay Gordons' and adopted the Gordon tartan in their uniform. As early as it had become known as the Coastal Scottish Pipe Band. An event which was, among other festivities, organised to coincide with the Centenary of Western Australia. The economic depression of the coming years was to have quite a large impact on the band. In the years following World War II , Coastals regained its full strength and by the s and 60s the band was actively performing at many notable social turnouts including the first visit to WA in by the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. In , the band was renamed the City of South Perth Pipe Band and also adopted the Ancient MacLaine of Lochbuie clan tartan, which continues to be part of the current uniform. It was also in the coming years that the band produced the first known recording of Pipe Band music in Western Australia. In , the City of South Perth council reviewed their sponsorship of the band, and on 28 August of the same year the band officially readopted their former name "Coastal Scottish Pipe Band WA". Since this time the band has had success at both state and international levels of competition.
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James joined the Moorabbin City Pipe Band where he became pipe major at 14 years old until moving onto the grade one Nunawading and Victoria Police. It was at the Victoria Police where James learnt the challenging skills of bagpipe setup and tuning from the likes of Robert Crozier and Ross Bates. In , he was promoted to pipe major where he led the professional outfit for 11 years, culminating in a grade 2 World Championship and a grade 1 North American Championship. James was the founding pipe major of Perth Metro and has been the driving force over the past 10 years, teaching and mentoring many players to help them realise their potential. This culminated in the grade 3B World Championships.
There's nothing like a pipe band to get everyone in step. We love a bus trip to the country and are happy to stay overnight. Typically, we lead a parade and then provide music throughout the day. Add some atmosphere to your wedding with a full pipe band, mini band or solo piper.