gavin newlands pipe band

Gavin Newlands, the MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has congratulated Johnstone Pipe Band and his constituent from Inchinnan, Pipe Major Keith Bowes, after obtaining 1st prize in Grade 2 and 9thfor Grade 4 at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow at the weekend – the most successful year in the Pipe Band’s history.

gavin newlands pipe band

The World Pipe Band Championships were attended by 230 pipe bands and 8,000 pipers and drummers from across the world to Glasgow Green compete in the competitions.

Gavin Newlands, the MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“Congratulations to Johnstone Pipe Band on their most successful year in their history – and a special congratulations to Pipe Major Keith Bowes Jnr on an outstanding start to his new role.

“I am immensely proud that Johnstone Pipe Band, whose drummers and pipers come from across Renfrewshire, are going from strength to strength after their success at the Scottish, British, UK and European Championships.”

Keith Bowes, the Pipe Major of the Grade 2 Pipe band, added:

“I was shocked when we won because it was my first year as the Pipe Major after taking over from my Dad, who served for 20 years, last year.

“It is quite fitting that my Dad won Grade 3A last year and I’ve picked up the baton and we’ve won Grade 2 this year.

“This is a newly formed band and this is the first year that we have competed in Grade 4, so to secure 9th place is brilliant.”

Johnstone Pipe Band

Pipers bag Glasgow Airport funding for new equipment


Pipers of all ages from across Renfrewshire are set to benefit from money for new equipment through the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund.


Johnstone Pipe Band’s ‘learner’ class now has 30 members, following a successful recruitment drive. The band itself has 36 members, and 20 of these are under 18.

An award of £1,000 from the FlightPath Fund will fund the purchase of new chanters, drum skins, snares and beaters which will help to ensure that the learners are able to progress to playing bandsmen.


Johnstone Pipe Band is run by volunteers and performs at local, national and international events and competitions. The members also work with schools in the town introducing pupils to pipe music, and explaining the disciplines and life skills that can be learned, and the official qualifications that can be achieved by joining up.


Alan McGeoch, secretary of Johnstone Pipe Band, said: “This new equipment will provide a massive boost to both the learner classes and the band. I am also hopeful it will also enable us to attract new members and learners by showing that as well as providing excellent tuition, we have high standards when it comes to equipment.”


Glasgow Airport’s operations director Campbell Mackinnon added: “Johnstone Pipe Band does great work in the community by encouraging people, particularly young people, to learn and perform a style of traditional Scottish music.


“This award from the FlightPath Fund will enable the band to continue its work at a local level, while also representing Johnstone and Renfrewshire at national and international events and competitions.”

Find out more about Glasgow Airport and the Flight Path Fund here.