For a small state, Connecticut is
home to a surprising number of bagpipe bands. There are
bands representing police, firefighters and corrections officers;
bands formed as culture and arts organizations celebrating Celtic
heritage; bands who focus on competitive discipline, from Grade V to
Grade II. Shrine and Masonic organizations
are represented as well as groups who have formed simply for the
enjoyment of playing the pipes and drums and participating in
community events and parades.
Many of these organizations are
based within only a few miles of the Capitol city of Hartford, but
only The Trinity College Pipes & Drums calls Hartford home. Pipes and Drums have a long and honored history at Trinity
College. Students formed the first TCP&D
in 1957 to promote their college and their Celtic heritage in the
community. The band is still
a student oriented band with a dedicated core of seasoned players.
One of the bands goals is recruiting young players, getting them on
the road to proper piping & drumming skills and then, hopefully,
sending them off to greater glory in the solo or pipe band
Under the musical direction of
pipe-major Bruce Lazaroff and drum-sergeant Ed Fisher, the band
plays an important role in the annual homecoming football game,
where members are often invited to grace the tailgate gatherings of
home and visitors alike. Among the band's duties are escorting in
each new college president and ushering in the graduating class at
the traditional commencement procession every spring.
Not limited to the austere rituals
of acadaemia such as tailgaiting, the band also plays many parades
and competitions throughout New England and the Northeast and is a
member of the Mid-Atlantic branch of The Eastern United States Pipe
Band Association. Our professional instructors provide tuition in
both piping and drumming to all interested and committed people.
The historic Macleod of Assynt is
the band's official tartan.
Each year the group
produces a Ceilidh, a Celtic party with music and dancing or a variety concert featuring
pipe bands and
other perfomers such as Scottish &
Irish dancers, folk singers and groups featuring harp, fiddle,
small-pipes, etc. This year
though, in an effort to raise some desperately needed funding for
uniforms, musical equipment and operating costs, the band will instead
host Scotland's own Battlefield Band in
concert on April 2, 2005 at the Theater for the Performing Arts in
Hartford. The Trinity Pipe Band will welcome attendees with a short
performance before turning the show over to the Battlefield Band for
what is guaranteed to be a
great night of quality entertainment.
As we are
a not-for-profit 501c(3) organization, a portion of ticket prices and
some concession items may be considered as charitable contributions
for tax purposes.
Trinity College Pipes & Drums of Hartford
Battlefield Band Poster