About us

A short chronology . . .

Formed originally in January of 1969, this is one of the oldest continuing pipe bands in the southeast U.S.A., and the first one ever formed in Tampa.

Bay Area Pipes & Drums was formed by a group of local businessmen with the stated purpose "to promote the love of Scottish music and to preserve Scottish traditions and culture, particularly in regard to pipes and drums in the form of a marching band."

In February of 1969, the Ancient Douglas was adopted as the uniform kilt tartan.

In the 1970's, several members of the Egypt Temple Shrine Highlanders pipe band left that group to form St. Andrew's, and when the Tampa Pipe Band ultimately folded, their members asked to join St. Andrew's and were welcomed to the band.

Some of the pictures on this page date way back toward those earlier times, some are much more recent. There are many more pictures on the 'gallery" page.

And since those times, the band has performed literally hundreds of times for military events, fairs and festivals, church kirkins, highland games, and many different kinds of special events - including in 2017 a live performance in Lakeland with the world famous "The Chieftains".


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