New Film About the Boys Brigade and the 214 BB Pipe Band/ Troon Blackrock Recruiting

A new video about the Boys Brigade in general and the 214th Glasgow Company and its famous pipe band has been posted on the Pipers Persuasion website.

The video, by Pipers Persuasion editor and publisher Allan Hamilton,  features Piping Press editor Robert Wallace who was a member of the 214 ‘piping academy’ which also spawned P/M Ian McLellan of Strathclyde Police Pipe Band and many other top players.

The video also contains footage of an interview with an Australian woman, Irene McClue, originally from Glasgow, whose husband David was a member of the 214BB in the 1950s. The interview with Mrs McClue was a purely chance affair as viewers will see.Robert Wallace talks of his early days in the BB and the band, how it achieved success and how it was influenced by P/M Donald MacLeod. P/M MacLeod and 214 pipe major Alex MacIver were both Lewismen and close friends. The film was made in the Mitchell Library’s archive department. Throughout the month of November the library mounted a special display of documents and photographs connected with the Boys Brigade and its founder Sir William Smith.

Read more about the 214BB here. Check out the Pipers Persuasion website here. The picture at the top of this article is of Boys’ Brigade pipers playing at the 50th Jubilee gathering in 1933 organised to celebrate the BB’s founding in 1883.



Troon Blackrock Pipe Band are looking to recruit pipers and drummers, both snare and tenor, to play with the band in the 2018 season and beyond. A statement reads: ‘We are in grade 4A at the moment and are hoping to progress up through the grades over the coming years. As well as taking part in competitions we also participate in parades and gala days.

Troon Blackrock Pipe Band

‘Our members range from nine-year-old learners through to players in their 60s. We practice on a Monday night from 7.45pm until 9.45pm in St. Meddans Church Halls in Troon. Interested parties are more than welcome to drop in to our practice night or alternatively you can contact us via our Facebook page or by email at troonblackrock@yahoo.co.uk


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