About the Baltimore City Pipe Band
The Baltimore City Pipe Band was formed in 1966 by Jim Quigg. The original members consisted of his students, several former members of the MacKenzie Scotts Pipe Band, and other local pipers, with Jim being the Pipe Major. The band was given permission to use the name “The Baltimore City Pipe Band” by Mayor Theodore R. McKeldin. The Mayor also provided some funding to help the band purchase equipment and uniforms.
Over the years the band has had many different members and several Pipe Majors: Jim Quigg, Bill McIntyre, Bob Michael, Tommy Travers and Ed MacFarland, the current Pipe Major. The position of Drum Major is currently vacant but in the past has been held by Ron Fonshill and Stan Curtiss.
The band has several uniform combinations with the full dress consisting of the Red Scott tartan and a royal blue tunic. The contrasting colors of this combination provide an impressive and distinctive look. The band’s emblem, designed by Tommy Travers, is the Baltimore Battle Monument encircled with the band’s name and thistles, all superimposed on the St. Andrews Cross.
Today the band is a non-competing band made of private individuals dedicated to the enjoyment and preservation of Scottish Bagpipe music. The band performs at a variety of events to include parades, dances, charitable and social functions, and community festivals in Baltimore and throughout Maryland.