(Bonnie Klein Photo.  Click to enlarge)       
About Us

Under the leadership of Pipe Major Scott Williams, Pipe Sergeant Madelyn Evans-Langlois, Drumming Instructor Ray Halliday, and Lead Drummer Judy MacMullin-Smith, the Clan Thompson Pipe Band has its headquarters in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. First formed in 1984, the band competed successfully at the Grade 3 level for almost a decade, winning the Grade 3 North American Championship in 1989. In the early 90s, the band took an extended layoff, but was re-formed in 2006 and has become a popular concert and parade band with performances across Nova Scotia, and in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

In 2016, the band staged two benefit concerts in churches in the region, with two more in 2017. It was a thrill for the band to be accompanied by pipe organs and to play for Highland dancers. The concerts proved to be very popular. Three are planned for 2018: at Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic Church in Stellarton on May 27th, St. James United Church in Antigonish on July 1st, and St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church in Arisaig on August 19th.

With a current roster of twenty-six musicians, pipers and drummers of all ages, who come from many different parts of the province, we strive for excellence and are proud of our teaching program. If you are a piper or drummer, or want to become one, contact us. We welcome new members and have teaching programs for anyone who might like to develop piping or drumming skills.

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 More Concerts!

(St. James United Church, July 1, 2018. Click photo for a larger version.)

In 2018, the Clan Thompson Pipe Band has been continuing its series of benefit concerts in local churches. We began the series in 2016, with a concert at Sharon St. John United Church in Stellarton, where we raised about $1700 for the Fort MacMurray Fire Relief Fund. We followed that with our first concert at St. James United Church in Antigonish which supported the Antigonish Highland Society Foundation. In 2017, we played at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in New Glasgow in support of their organ restoration fund, and played our second concert at St. James in Antigonish, in aid of their Music Bursary Fund. This year, we played at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, in Stellarton, NS on June 3rd (see photo here) and followed that up with our third performance in St. James United Church in Antigonish on July 1st. Though we played two such concerts in 2016 and 2017, this year we agreed to do a third benefit concert at St. Margaret of Scotland Roman Catholic Church in picturesque Arisaig, a fishing village on the Northumberland Strait, on August 19th. This concert will be in support of the purchase of new hymn books. Each concert features a number of local musicians, dancers and vocalists in addition to selections by the Clan Thompson Pipe Band and selections by various members of the band playing other instruments, such as trumpet, organ, small pipes, etc. All proceeds from these concerts go to the local churches or charities of their choice.



Upcoming Events

May 19, 2019 Rehearsal, concert in Westville United Church 
May 26, 2019 Concert, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Stellarton 
June 2, 2019 Concert, St. Paul's United Church 
June 30, 2019 Rehearsal, Antigonish (if necessary) 
July 7, 2019 Concert, Antigonish 
August 17, 2019 Canso Regatta Parade 
August 18, 2019 Concert, Arisaig RC Church 
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