Hudson Highlands Pipe Band
In the Beginning
An organizational meeting was held July 6th, 2005, prompted by the desire of local resident and uilleann pipe maker, Seth Gallagher, to field a band for the local Memorial Day parades. With the blessing and support of the Cold Spring Fire Company and a mix of enthusiastic players, the Cold Spring Fire Co. Pipes & Drums was born.
In March 2011 the band and the Cold Spring Fire Company mutually decided to part ways, with the band becoming its own entity. The Cold Spring Fire Co. Pipes & Drums officially became the Hudson Highlands Pipe Band on March 14, 2011.
We're Going Places
The Hudson Highlands Pipe Band is a sought after band for local parades. We perform in most of the area St. Patrick's Day parades, and at firemen's parades, private parties and community events throughout the year. In 2008 we were invited to play in the NYC St. Patrick's Day parade and performed that evening at Carnegie Hall with The Chieftains. We have since played with them at Towne Hall (NYC) in 2010, NJ Performing Arts Center (Newark, NJ) 2010 and again at Carnegie Hall for their 50th Anniversary Concert on March 17, 2012. On March 8, 2014, we are again honored to share the stage with The Chieftains at Town Hall (NYC).
On March 17, 2014 the band will march in the NYC St. Patrick's Day parade for the 2nd time. We turned down invitations to Albany and Boston parades this season due to conflcits in our schedule.
We compete in the Grade 5 level at several EUSPBA competitions each year, including the Rockland County Feis, the International Celtic Festival at Hunter Mountain, and the Capital District Scottish Games at the Altamont Fairgrounds. In 2011, the band placed 3rd overall in Grade 5 at Hunter Mountain, with the pipers placing 1st.