Appalachian Saint Andrew's Pipes & Drums
Our band's goal is to entertain audiences throughout the Southern Appalachian region, performing the timeless music of the Great Scottish Highland Bagpipes and Drums. Our band performs at various parades, ceremonies, public and private events around the North Georgia and Western North Carolina areas.
According to Founder, Roy McKee, our goal is to build a membership dedicated to Scottish Piping and Drumming, to become more efficient in the playing of Scottish Pipes and Drums as well as to improve performance standards as both individuals and as a band.
We are a performance pipe band, working hard to become the premier Pipe and Drum band in the Southern Appalachian region. We are currently under the musical leadership of Pipe Major Richard Smith, who comes to our band with 20 plus years of Piping experience, having been a long time member of the John Mackintosh Pipes and Drums in Atlanta, Georgia, serving there as Pipe Major for 6 years, until retiring to Blairsville in 2011. Pipe Sergeant Dorothy Bugg provides assistance to PM Smith and has been with our band for a number of years, being a valued leader. The Drum Corps is under the leadership of long time band member Drum Sergeant Russell Stockton.
According to band President Ken Sampson, our objective is to perform the music of the Pipes and Drums whenever and wherever the occasion arises. In doing so, we honor our Celtic Heritage and do our part in continuing centuries long traditions.