CAPITAL DISTRICT Unmistakable sounds from Great Highland Bagpipes will soon be bursting out of Scotia-Glenville High School’s auditorium as the Tartan tradition comes alive.
The Scotia-Glenville Pipe Band is hosting its fifth annual Celtic Jam on Friday, March 2, at 7 p.m., which provides the band with a more relaxed event to show off their piping and drumming skills. In 1989, the pipe band was founded to enhance the school district’s Scottish heritage, but has since evolved into a private, nonprofit organization involving young people throughout the Capital District and beyond. In addition to traditional Scottish music, the event features the Colonie based Braemar Highland Dancers, Liam McCool on accordion and the rock band Piping Hot, which features area students.
Band director Maureen Connor said the event is a great performance opportunity for the pipe band, which has started to showcase its talents to the community.
“I just thought to myself, the band has done so well … and nobody knows about us,” Connor said about starting the event. “Especially, locally within the Scotia community, I thought we didn’t have a lot of presence.”
The event also gives the band something to practice toward during a lull before competitions and activities in the spring and summer. Band members are currently working hard to prepare for a planned third visit to The World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, in August.
Since the band has moved it practice location to the Celtic Hall on New Karner Road in Colonie, it has continued to expand its membership. The move was spurred once it outgrew its practice area in Scotia.
“The band has been growing quite a lot over the last couple of years,” Connor said. “As the band gets bigger and there is more kids in it, then we bring in either their brothers and sisters or friends to get involved.”