The Southern Cross
Pipe Band was founded in Montevideo, capital city of Uruguay in South
America, in the early 1990s, by a handful of friends that shared their
passion for the Great Highland Bagpipe.
In the beginning just a wishful dream, the project evolved throughout
the years to become an amazing well-knit group of more than 30 members,
including pipers, drummers and highland dancers, performing in almost
all English-speaking community events and beyond.
Such an effort in such a far flung part of the world and away from the
competition and tuition circuit was not easy at all. In spite of this
and with a clear learning and technical improvement attitude, the Band
achieved a unique blend of friendship, effort and discipline that has
proven paramount to the Band’s success.
In February 2002 the Band achieved a significant 4th place in the Atlanta
Highland Games and a 2nd place in the SUSPBA Highland Games in Ft. Lauderdale,
FL, in the US, in its very first international competitions. It was
a major accomplishment and a great learning experience. In addition
to the competitions the Band attended the EUSPBA piping and drumming
workshops in Atlanta and received instruction from P/M Sandy Keith (City
of Dunedin Pipe Band) and Bruce Gandy.
Some 6 years ago the Band realized skilled tuition was really necessary
to keep on improving. Instructors that have made the trip to Uruguay
ever since are Canadian piper, PPBSO and RSPBA adjudicator Bob Worrall
, House of Edgar Shotts and Dykehead tenor drummer Tyler Fry, Canadian
dancing champion Carleigh Leighton, City of Dunedin Pipe Major Sandy
Keith, PPBSO adjudicator Ken Eller and Canadian champion piper Ann Gray.
Special mentions and thanks go to Bob Worrall that has made the trip
to Uruguay 6 years in a row, Tyler Fry that has been to Uruguay 4 times
and Ken Eller that traveled to Uruguay twice to teach us!
In addition to the competitions in the U.S., the Band has staged 7 piping
Festivals (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006), and co-organized
the First Montevideo Celtic Festival in March 2003 with Jacksonville-Zonamerica.
Indeed the event became a milestone in Celtic music in the region starring
the best Celtic music bands from Canada, the U.S., Chile, Argentina
The Band is determined to foster and preserve highland bagpipe music
and Scottish dancing in a fun and team spirit environment.
The Band’s key drivers?
· The highland
bagpipe represents Scotland.
· Team spirit.
· High standard in planned objectives.
· Skilled tuition.
Contact us! We will be delighted to help you learn and above all enjoy
the highland bagpipe, drumming and highland dancing!
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