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Torphichen & Bathgate Pipe Band are excited to announce not 1 but 2 new appointments for the 2017 season. Following the recent recruitment drive, TBPB can now officially confirm the appointment of Amy Low as their new Pipe Major and Gordon Prescott as their Leading Drummer for the 2017 Season.

Amy is not a new face to the band having previously played with TBPB from 2012 - 2015. For the 2016 season Amy joined the Vale of Athol Pipe Band to further her playing in a grade 1 Band. Although this is Amy's first appointment as Pipe Major, Amy brings with her experience and expertise gained from her employment with Falkirk Council where she works on their Youth Music Initiative 'Traditional Project' teaching pipes. Amy is "looking forward to the winter preparations for what looks to be a very promising 2017 season for TBPB."

Gordon also has a wealth of experience which he brings with him as the bands new Leading Drummer. He has been a member of numerous drum corps and with them has won various drum corps titles in grades 3 & 4 including British, Scottish, European and World Champions. Throughout his 13 year drumming career, Gordon has also been Leading Drummer in a Military Pipes and Drums band as well as a drumming instructor at the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming. Gordon describes himself as "a young leading drummer but ambitious " and is looking forward to the season ahead with a promising drum corps and band.

The band would also like to take this opportunity to thank both lain MacPhee and Lorna Heggie for their hard work and commitment during the 2016 season as PM & LD respectively. Under their leadership they steered the band through a challenging season whilst creating a strong platform for Amy and Gordon to build upon in the upcoming season.

For those who are interested in joining TBPB, the band would invite any interested players, from either dicipline, to come along to one of the bands practice nights at Armadale High School to have a listen and speak to either Amy or Gordon to find out more about the exciting season ahead. For more information please contact us via Facebook or the contact page on the website.


Torphichen and Bathgate Pipe Band was Established in 1902 and is one of the oldest civilian pipe bands in the World.

The Village

A small but beautiful village just a few miles from the larger town of Bathgate in West Lothian, Torphichen can lay claim to one of the oldest continuously operational serving Pipe Bands in the world.

The name Torphichen originates from the gaelic: Torr-fithichean, which translates as ‘the Raven's Hill’.

The village church is said to have been founded in around 400 C.E by St. Ninians, whilst the Knights Hospitaller of St John made Torphichen their Scottish Headquarters in the 12th century.

It is also rumoured that William Wallace held his last convention of the barons here in 1297. The ancient remains of the Torphichen Preceptory still stand attached to the rear of the newer parish kirk, which in itself is one of the oldest parishes in Scotland.

Today, the village has a population of around 600.

The Early Years

Earliest picture of Torphichen Pipe Band 1908.  Donated by Moira Turpie From its formation in 1902 the band was originally known as the ‘Torphichen Pipe Band’. One of the earliest known pictures can be seen opposite.

This picture is from 1908 at Torphichen’s first ever Gala Day. Taken at the foot of the Low Brae, it shows Robert Nelson (right) and Peter Battision (left) on horseback, followed by the band

Through its connections to the village of Torphichen, the band is affiliated to the order of the Knights of St John. Throughout the band’s history it has proudly carried the emblem of the Maltese cross on its official band ties and Bass drum, together with specially designed Pipe Major & Pipe Sergeant Drone banners.

The photographs below show the band with a remarkably healthy membership through its early and developing years, allowing the band to flourish even through both world wars.

Torphichen and Bathgate 1930 - kindly donated by Ann Kerr Torphichen and Bathgate 1935 - kindly donated by Nancy Watson

Torphichen and Bathgate 1930 - kindly donated by Ann Kerr Torphichen and Bathgate 1940's - Pipe Major Donald Ramsey Shaw

Torphichen and Bathgate 1951 leaving Greenside - kindly donated by Ann Kerr Torphichen and Bathgate 1954 pictured in 1954 in the Loan - kindly donated by Diane Young