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Dysart & Dundonald Pipe Band


From the CD Booklet " The Pipe Major's Choice "

There was no doubt that when Dysart and Dundonald burst on to the world pipe band scene, they had something of the ' dead end' kids about them. Here was a bunch of young musicians practically unknown outside their home county of Fife rubbing shoulders with some of the greatest bands in history. But this bunch of kids was led by an oustanding pipe major, a man who from the outset was determined to make his mark in the highly competitive pipe band world.

Pipe Major Bob Shepherd knew he could make it to the top, even if he had to break the mold to do it. Together he and his ruddy-faced youngsters provided a potent mix that shook the pipe band world to its roots. The big five bands in the early 1970s were Glasgow Police. Edinburgh Police, Muirhead and Sons, Shotts and Dykehead and Red Hackle. Between them they dominated the prize lists and usually lifted all the major honours.

Then came along Dysart. Such was the quality of their music that even the big boys had to listen.Once on the ascendancy in Grade One, Dysart and Dundonald could no longer be dismissed as a few pithead amateurs up on their luck. The clear tone, the simple but effective stylising of the tunes, and the dedication and enthusiasm of the pipers and drummers, made Dysart's music irresistible to both piping public and judges a like.To anyone listening with an unbiased ear, it came as as no surprise when they were proclaimed World Champions in 1977 and 1978.

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