Cape Town Caledonian Pipe Band

About Us
about-us

About Us

We are a grade 4 pipe band located in Cape Town, South Africa.

History.

The Cape Town Caledonian Pipe Band was established in 1924, is a grade 4 pipe band, wears the Ancient MacDonald tartan and is based in Cape Town South Africa

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Competition.

In 1997 the Cape Town Caledonian Pipe Band started to attend competitions, and to start off with, the band attended five graded gatherings that year.

Four gatherings up in Johannesburg and one at Amanzimtoti, which the Cape Town Caledonian Pipe Band ended up winning Grade 3

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Matters of Interest

The Cape Town Caledonian Pipe Band has a long history of related band members, in some instances up to 5 members of the band.

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92

Years Old

7

Pipers

10

Drummers

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Drum Majors

history

History

This is a short historic timeline of how the Cape Town Caledonian Pipe Band started and where are we now:

1924 – The Beginning of the Road
The Cape Town Caledonian Society Pipe Band was formed in 1924HendersonPipes and wore the MacKenzie tartan. At the same time, in 1924 a Sir Mackie Bart of Glenreasdell, Scotland (engravings on the chanter stock ferrule
), presented the Pipe Band with a number of sets of Henderson bagpipes (unknown), of which four are still in the band’s possession today, and two of those sets are currently being played in the band

 

1939 – Outbreak of World War II

At the outbreak of the Second World War the band was dismembered because members of the band enlisted in the Armed Forces. Once peace had been declared the Pipe Band was reformed 1946.

1949 – New Beginning

Mace1In 1949 the word ‘Society’ was dropped from the band name, and so become the Cape Town Caledonian Pipe Band. The reason for this was that the band no longer was under the financial control of the Society

On the 20th of June 1949, His Worship the Mayor of Cape Town. Councilor H.E. Gearing presented a Mace
to the band to commemorate the City’s official adoption of the Cape Town Caledonian Pipe Band.

The fact the Pipe Band was in serious need of uniforms at the time, a grant was received from the City of Cape Town to aid the band’s needs.

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Photos from the City of Cpae Town adoption ceremony, 20th June 1949.

1980 – Formation of the Cape Town Piping Society Pipe Band

In 1980, Ted Hey, who served as Pipe Sgt for the Cape Town Highlanders during World War II bought all the uniforms from the defunct Port Elizabeth City Pipe Band who wore the Ancient MacDonald tartan. He then recruited a few ‘retired’ members of the Cape Town Caledonian Pipe Band and some youngsters he had tutored to for the Cape Town Piping Society Pipe Band.

1981 – Amalgamation of Bands

During 1981 negotiations to amalgamate both bands resulted in the Cape Town Caledonian Pipe Band becoming the Cape Town Piping Society Pipe Band – although the Callies band had insisted that some part of their name retained. However, this never materialized.

1982 – New Tartanmacdonald-clan-ancient-10oz-wool-tartan-swatch_lg

in 1982 the new Cape Town Piping Society Pipe Band resulted, wearing the Ancient MacDonald tartan.

1989– From Ceremonial to Argyle

It was in 1989 that the band changed from wearing Ceremonial dress to the more comfortable Argyle uniform, which is now the accepted dress of all civilian pipe bands world wide.

2000 – Back to Caledonian

In 2000, the band’s name changed back to the Cape Town Caledonian Pipe Band. This was an unanimous decision by all the band members at the band’s AGM, as the pipe band began orientating itself towards competitions.

The band still wears the Ancient MacDonald tartan today.

Previous Pipe Majors:

Date Name Description
1924 – 1930’s Pipe Major Sandy Cruickshanks

 

Being a Pipe Major before the 2nd World War, it is believed that he could have been the first Pipe Major in the band. So we are probably looking at 1924 – 1930’s
1930’s – 1944, 1946 – 1970 Pipe Major George ‘Knobby’ Clark R.M Ex Royal Marine
1970 Pipe Major Ian MacPherson Knobby Clark’s son in law, temporary took over the Pipe Major’s armband for a short period.
Not sure of dates Pipe Major Ian Clark (son of P/M Knobby Clark) Ian then took over Pipe Major duties from Ian Mac, also sometime in 1970
1974 – 1981 Pipe Major Roger Hendry
1983 – 1987 Pipe Major Ted Hey Retired from piping in 2007
1988 – 1999 Pipe Major Jim Wilson
2000 – Present Pipe Major Tony Reis
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Passion leads to opportunity, opportunity leads to performance, performance leads to success!

Tony Reis – Piper Major
members

Members

We believe in a diverse range of personel to bring creative skills, thoughts, and ideas to the band.

Tony Reis

Tony Reis

Pipe Major
Philip Marwick

Philip Marwick

Drum Major
John Van Niekerk

John Van Niekerk

Leading Tip
Mogamat Opperman

Mogamat Opperman

Pipe Sergeant
Michael Leighton

Michael Leighton

Piper
Terence Hutton

Terence Hutton

Piper
Emlyn Madizwa

Emlyn Madizwa

Piper
Carmen Millar

Carmen Millar

Piper
Niki Cilliers

Niki Cilliers

Piper
Tatenda Phiri

Tatenda Phiri

Bass Drummer
Eugene Trofimczky

Eugene Trofimczky

Side Drummer
Simon Mukwere

Simon Mukwere

Side Drummer
Ethan Rutters

Ethan Rutters

Side Drummer
Zaheed Smith

Zaheed Smith

Tenor Drummer
Louise Matschke

Louise Matschke

Tenor Drummer
Lesley Reis

Lesley Reis

Tenor Drummer
Theo Caesar

Theo Caesar

Tenor Drummer
Sihle Nonjola

Sihle Nonjola

Learner Drummer/Drum Major
Tony Reis

Tony Reis

Pipe Major
Philip Marwick

Philip Marwick

Drum Major
John Van Niekerk

John Van Niekerk

Leading Tip
Mogamat Opperman

Mogamat Opperman

Pipe Sergeant
Michael Leighton

Michael Leighton

Piper
Terence Hutton

Terence Hutton

Piper
Emlyn Madizwa

Emlyn Madizwa

Piper
Carmen Millar

Carmen Millar

Piper
Niki Cilliers

Niki Cilliers

Piper
Tatenda Phiri

Tatenda Phiri

Bass Drummer
Eugene Trofimczky

Eugene Trofimczky

Side Drummer
Simon Mukwere

Simon Mukwere

Side Drummer
Ethan Rutters

Ethan Rutters

Side Drummer
Zaheed Smith

Zaheed Smith

Tenor Drummer
Louise Matschke

Louise Matschke

Tenor Drummer
Lesley Reis

Lesley Reis

Tenor Drummer
Theo Caesar

Theo Caesar

Tenor Drummer
Sihle Nonjola

Sihle Nonjola

Learner Drummer/Drum Major
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Gallery

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our-services

Our Services

Our dedicated band members are happy to play at any function.

Corporate Events

We have played at many year end functions, Christmas parties and award ceremonies for many different well established companies.

We have played at events all over Cape Town ranging, from the Bellville velodrome, Grand West Casino to the CTICC.

Social Events

We have played at many social events such as birthday parties, weddings, markets, night clubs and music festivals.

Memorial Services

We have played at many memorial services through out the Cape Peninsula, such as MOTH memorial services and private memorial services.

gig-guide

Gig Guide

February
       
Date Time Description Location
7th 09h00 Border Boys Memorial Parade and Service Bergvliet Moths
19th TBC Knysna Celtic Festival Knysna
       
April
       
Date Time Description Location
17th 09h00 Volunteer Wildfire Services Open Day Klapmuts
30th TBC South Coast Gathering Amanzimtoti
       
June
       
Date Time Description Location
18th TBC Pretoria Boys Highland Gathering Pretoria Boys High School
       
July
       
Date Time Description Location
30th TBC Benoni Highland Gathering Benoni High School
       
November
       
Date Time Description Location
6th 09h30 Marshal Smuts Memorial Parade Somerset West
13th 15h30 Battledress Memorial Parade Fish Hoek
       
December
       
Date Time Description Location
4th 16h30 St Lukes Hospice Switching on Lights Kenilworth
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repertoire

Repertoire

2/4 Marches: 3/4 Marches: 4/4 Marches:
Mairie’s Wedding Green Hills of Tyrol               Scotland the Brave
High Road to Gairloch When the Battle’s O’er            No Awa’ Tae Abide Awa’
Highland Laddie   Lochanside Rowan Tree
Highland Wedding  Colin’s Cattle Sarie Marais
Hugh Kennedy  Shoals of Herring Lord Lovat’s Lament
Athol Highlanders March to Loch Katrine  Mary Grant Loch Ruan
Ariogan The Dawning of the Day
Pipe Major Angus MacDonald  Nine in a Row
O’Byrne Across the Glen 
6/8  Marches: 9/8 Marches: Slow Airs
Athol Highlanders

(6 parts)

Heights of Dargai Highland Cathedral
Mrs Lilly Christie Heather Grant of Strathyre  Amazing Grace         
Cock of the North O’ Flower of Scotland
Auld Adam Skye Boat Song        
Bonny Dundee Sunrise Over Alba
Hundred Pipers South African National Anthem
Redford Cottage MacNeil’s Farewell to Barra
Leaving Port Askaig  Brig o Don 
Pipe Major Tony Reis  Cape Town Caledonian Pipe Band’s Farewell to Jack Redmond
Strathspeys: Reels: Hornpipes:
Struan Robertson The Ale is Dear Jimmy Blue
Molly Connell Tail Toddle Cape Town Caledonian Pipe Band 
Patty’s Choice Sound of Sleat Black Bear 
Struan Robertson Tatumtitabra
Pipe Major Sandy Gordon Outward Bound
The Auld Fiddler 
Hamilton’s Knutsack 
Combined Tunes Laments
Band of Brothers Flowers of the Forest
Send in the Clowns Piper Alpha 
The Way Old Friends Do
Celtic Crest
Hector the Hero

Sets:

Set 1 Set 2 Set 3
Old Rustic Bridge           Mingulay Boat Song    Shoshanna’s Lullabye
Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shores (Air) Orange & Blue Bango Breakdown
Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shores Keel Row           Glasgow City Police
Rainbow Country   Itchy Fingers          
Blue Bells of Scotland

Competition Sets:

Selection MSR
Pikeman’s March Australian Ladies
Pay the Piper The Dorrator Bridge
Sir Adam The Rejected Suitor
Pikeman’s March Reprise
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news

News

Congratulation Shameega and Mogamat

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We would like to congratulate Shameega and P/Sgt Mogamat Opperman on the birth of their daughter yesterday evening. A very proud moment indeed. May she bring you plenty, plenty joy and happiness.

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Congratulations Mogamat

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Congratulations to Mogamat Opperman on accepting his appointment as Pipe Sgt of the Cape Town Caledonian Pipe Band. We hope you enjoy your new role in the band, and look forward to working together with you for many years to come!

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Well Done Brogan!

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An exciting moment for our youngest band member, 10 year old Brogan Reis, practicing for the first time with the band.

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