The Hills District Pipe Band formed in 1970 with the remnants of the Toongabbie Pipe Band (officially disbanded in 1969). Based in Castle Hill, the band chose the tartan of McDonald of Clan Ranald - whose insignia bears a castle and sword, with the motto "my hope is constant in thee".
At that time, a drummer in the band had Scottish heritage and wished to wear his family's tartan - Argyle of Sutherland. The other drummers adopted this tartan, and that is why to this day the pipers and drummers wear different tartans; a feature unique to the Hills District Pipe Band.
The band plays at various cultural and musical events throughout the year, with the centre piece being the annual ANZAC dawn service in Martin Place in Sydney. The band creates a sombre mood before the service, playing slow airs. During the wreath laying in the service, our Pipe Major plays The Lament and the Australian lament, titled Gallipoli. After the service the band plays upbeat tunes, to awaken the day and announce the dawn. The band also takes part in the ANZAC street march through the city in honour of all who have served their country in the Armed Services during times of War.
In 2018 the Hills District Pipe Band played at:
Bundanoon is Brigadoon Highland Gathering
Officer’s Passing Out Parade at Parklea Prison
Martin Place Dawn Service
Sydney ANZAC Day Parade and Scottish Act of Remembrance
Cumberland RSL ANZAC service
Galston RSL ANZAC street march and service
Glenorie RSL ANZAC march and service
ANZAC Performance at Bupa Dural
Galston High School ANZAC service
National Walk to School Day at Arcadia Public School
Muswellbrook RSL community night
Aberdeen Highland Games
PLC Sydney Tattoo 2018
Inala 40th Annual Fair
Rouse Hill Santa Parade
Armistice day services
Global playing of Battle’s O’er, Armistice Day 2018
Galston Rotary Twilight Christmas Markets, Galston High School
Stay Tuned Choir performance of “You’re The Voice”
The members of the band are proud of their history and traditions and also are looking to the future. The band values the camaraderie of its members, the importance of the traditional Scottish music, the renewal of the band through young members and the loyal support and friendship of our community and sponsors. If you would like to learn to play the bagpipes or drums and play in our band you would be most welcome.