North Berwick Pipe Band

© 2013-2024 North Berwick Pipe Band


  • 1901 to 1914? - William Hume

    First recorded Pipe Major of any of the North Berwick bands

  • 1950 to 1954 - D.R. MacLennan

    Pipe Major of the North Berwick Rover Scout Band

  • 1957 to ?? - Ben Aikman

    First Pipe Major of the current incarnation of North Berwick Pipe Band

  • ?? to 1962 - Ian Russell

    No information as yet

  • ?? to ?? - Gordon Elliot

    No information as yet

  • ?? to 1966 - George Darling

    George went on to become President of the band in 1967 and was instrumental in starting up the original North Berwick Pipe Band Contest which ran until 1974

  • 1966 to 1972 - Tony Patzschky

    With the instigation of the NB Pipe Band Contest, Tony started the Band on the Competition circuit culminating in 1972 with a 1st position in Grade 3 at the Bathgate contest.

  • 1972 to ?? - Tom Fergusson

    Tom was a founder piper of the current North Berwick Pipe Band and he tutored young pipers well into the 2010’s. Tom was made Honorary Life President of the Band.

  • ?? to 1984 - George MacNicoll

    No information as yet.

  • 1984 to 1986 - Jim Tait

    Jim led the band on the first of its tours of New England and officially took over from George MacNicoll later that year.

  • 1986 to 1990 - Richard Fairnie

    No information as yet.

  • 1990 to 1994 - Gavin Black

    Gavin returned to the band in 2013 as Pipe Major of the Junior Section of the band. A role he continued in until 2019.

  • 1994 to 2001 - Paul McGinley

    No information as yet.

  • 2001 to 2002 - Jamie Starr

    No information as yet.

  • 2002 to 2013 - Allen Angus

    Allen originally joined the band around the 1990 tour of New England and played as a back row piper for a number of years. He moved to play with other bands including Glencourse and Straven before returning to North Berwick as Pipe Major.

  • 2013 to 2013 - David Anderson

    David was a former member of the band who moved on to compete in Grade 1 with Lothian & Borders Police and latterly with Shotts & Dykehead when they became World Champions in 2015. Unfortunately Grade 1 commitments did not permit David to continue long as Pipe Major. David still Tutors the Junior Section of the Band.

  • 2013 to 2018 - Keith Milligan

    Keith is another former member of the band who moved on to improve himself playing with Stockbridge Pipe Band in Edinburgh. A new business brought him back to the North Berwick area where he is putting his experiences to good use. Due to pressures of work and hip problems Keith stood down as Pipe Major in 2018 but continues as a piper with the Band.

  • 2018 to date - Eddie MacFadzean

    When he retired Eddie moved into the North Berwick area from Coventry where he was Pipe Major of the Coventry Pipe Band. He played as a piper with North Berwick until 2018 when he agreed to step into the gap created with Keith standing down.