About the Band


About our History:

The Laurel Highlanders Pipes & Drums was established in 1975 by
John Duxbury, Jr. and was named for the Laurel Highlands, a ridge known
for its Mountain Laurel, our state flower. We march under the flag of
Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, and use the state emblem as our
cap badge. Our kilt is made of the Douglas tartan, which was also chosen
by our pipe major, as the colors blue/green/white that are representative of the
colors in the Laurel Highlands. We were 2nd place Champion Supreme of
Grade V of the E.U.S.P.B.A.* in 1996.

About us now:

With 17 pipers and drummers in the band, the Laurel Highlanders
travel across Eastern U.S.A. & Canada for competitions and also
perform for various organizations and participates in parades in surrounding
communities. The Laurel Highlanders Pipes & Drums is classified as a
Grade IV Pipe band as of 1997. Our band members live in an area that
spans over 100 miles, and meet once a week for practice.
The band is under the direction of:
Jim King Pipe Major

About our Outlook:

All the band members have a group spirit that is like a family and we join
together to make it work. Several pipers and drummers have won medals
on an individual basis. The band does accept new members in both piping
and drumming and has teachers available for both.

John Duxbury was instrumental in leading the band to become a
Grade IV band. His life was devoted to playing, coaching, and teaching the pipes!

*E.U.S.P.B.A. – Eastern United States Pipe Band Association

  In Loving memory.
John’s pipes are now silent; as he left this earth on June 4, 2007..
The band members will continue to hold his memory close as
they move forward in new directions and growth.


Site Maintained by….NJ King

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