The Cyril Scott Pipe Band was formed in January 1997. It was created to be a competition band for upper grade pipers and drummers living in and around Central and Southwestern Ohio, with a few devotees from Northern Kentucky. The band takes its name from the Cyril Scott Printing Company in Lancaster, Ohio. The President and owner of Cyril Scott, Mr. E. L. McClelland, generously sponsored the band's uniform and equipment needs during its start up. It is on Mr. McClelland's behalf that the band proudly wears the Ancient MacLellan tartan and adopts the MacLellan clan crest as the band's peculiar but "colorful" logo.
In its first competition season it realized success in Grade-III by playing the Highland Games circuits in Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Ontario, Canada.
In 1998, the band entered the RSPBA's World Pipe Band Championship contest in Glasgow, Scotland, and took 2nd place among 30 other Grade-III bands.
The band returned to Scotland in year 2000 to compete once more at the world championship level. In two preliminary contests, Millennium Pipes, Edinburgh, and Strathallan, Bridge of Allan, Cyril Scott placed 2nd and 3rd respectively among 16 other Grade-III bands. That year at the Worlds, the Band placed a respectable 14th out of 28.
Since 2002, a smaller and more localized membership maintains rehearsal activity. In 2006, the band elected to create a teaching band with the goal of attracting and training new pipers and drummers. In 2008 Cyril Scott embarked on attracting younger members into the band by offering free bagpipe and drumming lessons for kids from ages ten to sixteen years of age. The band now has a growing youth band that will be the future of pipe bands in Columbus, Ohio. Thanks to these efforts and the addition of offering free lessons to Central Ohio kids, a base of new talent is emerging from the area giving Cyril Scott the opportunity to form a solid performance band. It is our goal to build ranks once again into a larger, more formidable compition band.
We seek to perform publicly whenever possible for enjoyment and experience. It is our intent to bolster "esprit d' corps" by extending a warm welcome to all levels of players, from raw beginner to advanced professional. The most important criteria isn't playing ability but rather strong enthusiasm for bagpipe and drum playing and to enjoy oneself in the process. We also encourage collaboration between piping, pipe band playing and ceilidh performance with other Scottish folk music, instruments, and Scottish dance.
In addition to Grove City, Cyril Scott Pipe Band will also travel to Columbus, Galloway, Lockbourne, Orient, Groveport, Hilliard, West Jefferson, Ashville, Dublin, Amlin, Canal Winchester, Mount Sterling, Reynoldsburg, Unionville Center, Worthington, Lewis Center, Blacklick, Pickerington, Plain City, Powell
and many other locations in and around the Grove City area.
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