Tullylagan Pipe Band

The story begins in 1923 when a group of men from the Ulster Special Constabulary, based just outside Cookstown, decided to form a band. That day marked the dawn of a new era in the pipe band fraternity for that was the day Tullylagan was born. Named after the area from which it originated it has become one of the best known and well respected bands in piping circles.

FIRST OUTING.

On the 12th August 1925 Tullylagan Pipe Band was formally introduced to the public when they hit the road for the first time, leading Donaghrisk RBP 31 on parade. First members included J Warnock, T Swaile, A Trainor, J Trainor, H Black, S Taylor, S Millar, J Montgomery, H Montgomery, A Nobles and J Black

The first band tartan was Cameron, however following a request from McGregor Greer, owner of Tullylagan Manor, they switched to McGregor tartan, the tartan that is still worn today.

FIRST COMPETITION.

Under management of Tommy Green in the 1930’s Tullylagan entered the competition arena winning practically every contest they entered, including a total of six Ulster Championships.

WORLD CHAMPIONS.

In 1962 under Norman McCutcheon and the expert guidance of Tommy Green Tullylagan became the first band from outside Scotland to lift a World Championship, in Grade 3 in the grounds of Balmoral outside Belfast.

Since then there have been many ups and downs, many pipe majors, like Hugh Scott, William Warnock, David Chesney and David Trainor and many leading drummers like John Rea, Ian Downey, Kenny Wilson, Robert Scott, and Geoffrey Hamilton, many prizes like all Ireland and Ulster titles and a world beating drum crops (grade 3) under the leadership of present leading drummer David Brown in 1985.  (Achievements)

TODAY’S BAND.

The present Pipe major of the band is Warren Robinson. Many players today have come from the junior band. The junior band has been a trade mark of Tullylagan down through the years, and is still carried on today.

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