The Annual Burns Dinner
In 1975 the band began hosting hosting an
annual Robert Burns Dinner in 1975 in part to thank the Fair volunteers
and to provide yet another venue for misplaced Scots and Anglophiles to
once again get together.
Piper Major Boyd Retires
The band began a subtle transformation when in 1980 Pipe
Major Henry Boyd retired. This change began the transofmration that would
have an effect on the bands present competition efforts. With PM Boyd
retiring, the band selected a young piper, Jeff Clarke to take the PM
position of the band.
The Governor's Own First Highland Watch of Pennsylvania
Because of the success of the Scottish Fair, the Watch began a long relationship with many politicians who served the state of Pennsylvania. With the games so close the November elections it became a frequent stop for many of the states representatives. It was during one of these stops that a friendship was developed with now US Congressman James Greenwood. This friendship led to the then State Senator presenting a declaration to the State House which made the Watch the PA Governor's Official Pipe Band. Something made firm when then Governor Dick Thornburgh reviewed the band and presented them with a state flag and the declaration.
This relationship continues today with the band last being used during Governor Thomas Ridge's first inauguration festivities.