The Gaels of Fundy Pipes & Drums is a recreational pipe band, representing communities in Digby, Yarmouth, and Annapolis Counties, Nova Scotia.
Under the leadership of Pipe Major Stuart MacDonald, the Gaels of Fundy practice weekly, and perform at Community Events, Parades & Festivals.
Established in 2011, the Gaels of Fundy Pipes & Drums is proud to represent the “Fundy Shore”, and is the first pipe band to represent south-west Nova Scotia.
Pipe Major Stuart MacDonald had a dream of introducing the art and craft of playing Highland Pipes and Drums, and the creation of a pipe band, to the Digby area.
The formation of the Gaels of Fundy Pipes and Drums in January of 2011 saw that dream turn into reality.
Our story has some interesting facts about the Gaels of Fundy …
1. The name “Gaels of Fundy Pipes & Drums” refers to…
- Our collective Gaelic Heritage; and
- A reference to past weather events known (Gale) to the Bay of Fundy throughout our history.
2. The tartan worn by the band members is the “Flower of Scotland.”
The Flower of Scotland tartan is predominantly blue, green, black and red.
The Flower of Scotland Tartan was a specially created tartan woven as a tribute to the late Roy Williamson, writer of the words and music of Scotland’s national song, Flower of Scotland.
3. In memory of Ian Russell, the Gaels of Fundy have emblazoned our bass drum with his family crest.
Ian was critical to the formation of the Gaels of Fundy Pipes & Drums, and was not only involved in establishing the pipe band, but was a great supporter who will always be remembered.
We have created a Memorial For Ian Russell here.
4. The Gaels of Fundy Pipes & Drums have been well received at various events in Digby & Annapolis Counties, including:
- International Gathering of the Clans, Annapolis Royal
- The Annual Army Cadet Review, Weymouth
- The Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life, Digby
- The Canada Day Parade, Weymouth
- The Cherry Carnival Parade, Bear River
- Escorts for the King’s Orange Rangers in the Scallop Days Parade, Digby
- Nova Scotia Day – Annapolis Royal
- 2011 Remembrance Day Services – Digby / Bear River
- Annual Robbie Burns Dinner, Cornwallis
- And a variety of private and public functions, including weddings, conferences, special events, and funerals.
5. The Association of Gaels of Fundy Pipes & Drums is a registered non-profit association.
Membership is open to playing, and non-playing members who have a love or an interest in Highland Pipes & Drums.
Send us your comments and/or questions or feel free to call at (902) 245-8798
Digby, NS, Canada
Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada, Home of the Gaels Of Fundy Pipes & Drums!