The National Youth Pipe Band
The NYPB is the main project of the IPBA's College of Piping and Drumming. We are very proud that a number of our members are involved in the National Youth Pipe Band who are performing nationwide in the near future... Click here for concert dates etc.
More about Killeshin Pipe Band.....
Our band currently has approximately 20 members. Our members age from 75 to 11 We are one of the few pipebands in ireland offering lessons to both adults and children.
The band practices every Tuesday and Friday nights in Killeshin community hall from 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Some of the tunes we play are Itchy Fingers,Highland Cathederal, Hungarian Fiddler,Kerry Polka and Sweeney Polka. Our Tartan is called modern mckenzie.
Brief history of KPB...
1970 was a great year for Ireland when Dana won the Eurovision song contest. It was to prove to be the biggest event for our band as well. Dana was due to perform in the Ritz Ballroom in Carlow town shortly after her win. The band was booked to play and escort her into town.Over the years, the band was also called upon to perform for various political events. During his visit to Kilkenny we were asked to play for Eamon de Valera at an election rally.The band has also led Laois contingents through the streets of London and Birmingham on the national saint’s day. In 1992, the band was contacted by music promoter JC Pomery requesting them to perform in France. For 28 days the band played all over France. We now refer to the experience as our ‘Tour de France’. The following year we returned to France and performed on the circuit again.We have travelled to many many parts of the world including New York just 5 years ago.We have also gone to many parts of England.We won the best band award in the Birmingham St.Patricks day parade in two years in a row.We have also gone to London.