Colum Cille: History of Colum Cillle  Pipes and Drums

An Emerging Band with a Wealth of Experience

      Founded during the summer of 2001, the Colum Cille Pipes & Drums membership includes veteran musicians as well as beginners.  From the band’s inception, its founders had certain goals in mind.  First, members of the band did not want to be identified as only a Scottish or Irish pipe band.  Instead, the band chose to be an organization that welcomed people of all backgrounds and performed music from a variety of genres, including Gaelic and American.

      Additionally, Colum Cille Pipes & Drums wanted to form a band whose goal was to teach both adults and children to play the highland bagpipes and drums as well as improve musically by competing regularly throughout New England.  In Colum Cille's first-ever pipe band competition at the New Hampshire Highland Games, the band's drum corps placed 2nd out of 15 bands.  The band's return to the N.H. Highland Games in September 2007 resulted in an over-all band finish of 6th place out of 15 Grade 5 bands.  More recently, in 2008, Colum Cille placed 2nd at the N.H. Indoor Games, 1st at the R.I. Highland Scottish Festival, 1st at the Maine Highland Games, and 1st at the N.H. Highland Games.  In 2009, the band was promoted to Grade 4 and completed two competitions, placing 1st at the R.I. Highland Scottish Festival and 5th out of 13 bands at the N.H. Highland Games. The band competed in the World Pipe Band Championship in Glasgow, Scotland in 2011 in grade 4. The band had its best season ever in Grade 4 in 2013, and we look forward to continuing success in the competition circle.

       Band members wanted to embrace all that Colum Cille represented.  Often referenced by his Latin name, Saint Columba, Colum Cille was an Irish prince and warrior who became a priest and scholar.  An Irish saint who brought Christianity to Scotland during the 6th Century, Colum Cille spread faith, knowledge and culture throughout Europe from his monastery on the Isle of Iona.  For that reason, Colum Cille is revered by Irish and Scottish, Protestant and Catholic and is a symbol of the unity of all people.

        The band is presently being led by Pipe Major Colin Walsh.  Colin has played the bagpipes for seven years and competes solo in Grade 4 at competitions throughout New England.  Kate Zanello, who has been playing the drums for over 30 years, leads the drum corps.  Kate has earned medals for solo competitions in the U.S. and Canada and has been a member of winning drum corps, competing in a range of Grade 5 to Grade 2.  

      Novices and experienced pipers and drummers from Cape Cod and beyond are welcome to join the Colum Cille family. Since Cape Cod Bay mantles the area stretching from Boston to Provincetown, the band enjoys a vast region for recruitment.  In addition, its central location in Sandwich gives it easy access to performances on both the Cape and mainland.

      Colum Cille marches in scores of parades from New York City to Newport to Boston, and of course, Cape Cod.  The band is available for parades, festivals, concerts and other performances throughout New England.  Since its inception, the band has built a dynamic resume, which includes playing at the Annual Harpoon Brewery St. Patrick's Day Party, Newport’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Orleans and Hyannis 4th of July Parades, the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra-Mashpee Night at the Pops Concert, the Cape Cod Marathon, and a number of community service and charitable events.

      Please consider making a tax deductible donation to Colum Cille Pipes and Drums.  We are a 501(c)3 organization.

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