Programme Notes: CTMT 2014
“The Algoa Caledonian Pipe Band is the only pipe band in Port Elizabeth and performs at a variety of functions every year. With almost 30 playing members (and a steady stream of learners), the sound of bagpipes and drums is never far away in the Friendly City. The ACPB was initially formed in 1996 and achieved tremendous success under the leadership of the esteemed Jack Fearn, but after his passing and the emigration of other members, it lay dormant for a few years before being revived by Alistair Wilson and Llewellyn Faifer in 2002.
Although being a relatively young band, due to various amalgamations, splits and more amalgamations over the years, we can trace our ‘heritage’ back to 1892, when the Port Elizabeth Caledonian Pipe Band was first formed by Scottish members of the British settlers in the Cape. Currently led by Pipe Major Derek Soutter and wearing the Red MacPherson tartan, the band continues on this proud Scottish musical tradition and is committed to the growth and development of Scottish culture and music with a new generation of South Africans.
For more information on the band, visit http://algoacaledonianpipeband.yolasite.com.” (CTMT 2014)
Programme Notes: CTMT 2015
“The Algoa Caledonian Pipe Band is the only remaining pipe band in Port Elizabeth, following the decline over the years of a number of regimental and civilian pipe bands, including the country’s only ladies only pipe band.
The band was originally formed in 1992 after disagreements with the management of the regimental band, Prince Alfred’s Guards Pipe Band; although small in numbers, it had great success on the competition field under the leadership of the esteemed Pipe Major Jack Fearn. Following his tragic passing and the emigration of other members, the band folded in 2001. However, in 2003, under the leadership of Alistair Wilson, the band was revived with the few remaining members of the original band and a few other pipers and drummers who were not playing with any other band at the time. Starting off with only a handful of players, the band merged with the Port Elizabeth Caledonian Pipe Band, and the Algoa Callies, as it is known today, was born.
Since then, the band has more than trebled in size, with 16 pipers and 11 drummers on the books, and a number of potential learners in the pipeline. The band regularly teaches people to play the pipes and drums, and provides full tutorship in the art of piping and drumming to learners of all skill levels.
The sounds of bagpipes and drums are never far off in the Friendly City, with the band performing at a wide variety of public and private engagements throughout the year, as well as competing regularly at the local gatherings in the Western and Eastern Cape. This is the second year the band has proudly attended the Cape Town Military Tattoo. Although the Algoa Caledonian band was only formed in 1992, it can trace its heritage back more than 120 years to 1892, when the Port Elizabeth Caledonian Pipe Band was initially formed by Scottish settlers in the Cape.
The band wears the Red MacPherson tartan and is led by Pipe Major Derek Soutter, Drum Major Llewellyn Faifer and Drum Sergeant Roy Laurie.” (CTMT 2015)