Epping Forest Pipe Band

Epping Forest Pipe Band

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The Epping Forest Pipe Band is a Highland Bagpipe and Drum Band which performs at various events.

History

In 1974, Bryan Bredin, Nobby Hall and Alan Geddes of the Waltham Forest Pipe Band, a well established traditional Highland Bagpipe and Drum Band, had the idea of forming a junior Pipe Band, so that children could be taught the art of playing the Bagpipes and Drums.

In its first five years, the Band performed at a variety of functions including local fetes and Royal British Legion parades.

The first landmark in the Band's history was in 1978, when they toured Poland for two weeks, raising money for a new Polish hospital. This was rapidly followed in 1979 with another landmark in the Band's history, performing live on BBC television, in the Birmingham Studios for "Pebble Mill at One".

No sooner had the Band changed their name, than they received a second invitation to return to Poland for another two week tour. So once again in 1980, the newly named, "Epping Forest Pipe Band", took to the skies and travelled to Eastern Europe. Not only was this to be a fund raising trip, but an educational one too, as the Band visited the Salt Mines, Kraków Square, Zachopany and the Birthplace of the famous composer, Chopin.

During the 1980s the Band grew from strength to strength, under the continued Pipe Majorship of Bryan Bredin. More and more children were benefiting from membership of the band. Performances were given at many venues, some of the more notable being...
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