Huntly owes its name and existence to the Gordon family. In 1319 Robert the Bruce granted the lands of Strathbogie to Adam de Gordon originally of Berwickshire. The family base at Strathbogie castle was renamed Huntly castle in 1506.
Over the years the Huntly Pipe Band has played in many locations, not only in the United Kingdom but also overseas. During this time we have collected a fantastic selection of images which we have placed in a gallery for the enjoyment of our web site visitors.
The Gordon tartan is synonymous with the Band. This famous tartan was devised by Forsythes of Huntly. Forsythe had taken the standard army plaid and woven in a yellow stripe, which as he wrote to Lord Huntly, “he trusted would appear very lively”.
The band has two uniforms; a Number One ceremonial dress used for special occasions such as the Armistice Parade, Lonach and Braemar Gatherings. The number one dress consists of a busby and white hackle, green doublet, with cross belt and belt, plaid, kilt and hair sporran. The hose are diced red and white with red flashes, spats and black brogues.
More commonly the band now wears its Number Two outfit. This consists of black glengarry and green hackle, green jacket and waistcoat, Gordon kilt, black leather sporran, black hose, green flashes and ghillie brogues.
Huntly and District pipe band are committed to promoting piping and drumming in the area for young and old. Our piping tutors are Hamish Dean and Ian Stuart, drumming tutors are Glenn Morrison and Connor Dean.
The band has travelled to Europe many times, during which we have made long-lasting friendships some of which span three generations. This year we are returning to Amiens, France in July.
Huntly and District pipe band play at a variety of events. Highland games take up a big part of the summer months including massed band events at Dufftown and Nairn Highland Games and Braemar Gathering.
The current Pipe band comprises of many members and a dedicated team of committee members and office bearers. Without doubt the continued success of the pipe band is reliant on the continuing hard work and support of our team.