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History

Early Years

The First Highland Watch of PA was founded in 1967 by a small group of pipers and drummers who after being in other Philadelphia-area pipe bands wanted to form their own bands The band selected Henry Boyd as its first Pipe Major and served in that capacity for 14 years until 1980. Also at its inception the band selected Stuart Montgomery to serves as its first Drum Major. Like Henry he held this position until 1980. In its early years the First Highland Watch was known primarily as a a street band, performing in parades and concerts through out the Delaware Valley. In its early years the band could also be seen playing at: the Deep River Ancient Fife and Drum Corps Muster in Connecticut and in Toronto for the Scottish World Festival.

The Pipersville Scottish Fair

In 1974 the First Highland Watch organized and ran the 1st Annual Bucks Country Highland Country Fair at the police association grounds in Pipersville, PA.

Conviniently, the fair was located in a town know as Pipersville thus giving the fair it's unoffical name: the "Pipersville Fair". The first year was a modest start with only a couple of pipe bands performing.

The second year saw the beginning of a traditon that would exist until the games end: hosting a Canadian military pipe band. This assisted in making the event a fixture on the local calender --always taking place on the 3rd Saturday of September.

Many local pipe bands, including competition bands, enjoyed the laid back atmosphere of the fair and returned year after year. In the later years, world-known folk groups (such as the Tannehill Weavers) played there.

Sadly, last fair was held in 1989. After a combination of 3 successive years of bad weather and losing access to the police association grounds, the games were finally brought to an end.

After all this time, the band still fields inquires about the event, showing the lasting impression the band and this event created on the residents of Bucks County.

 

 

 

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End of Year!

The Watch came on strong this year finishing 7th overall in the EUSPBA Grade 4 standings. The band is already hard at work preparing for next season.

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