Sign in to follow this  
Irishpiper

*** Irish Pipe Band Forming In Houston ***

Recommended Posts

The Houston Irish Pipe Band was formed on 17 March 2013 (St. Patrick's Day) in Houston, Texas and are an independent, military-style, Irish regimental pipe band. We are the newest band in Texas and the only Irish pipe band in the Southwestern United States (that we know of). Membership in the band is open to those who wish to play in a military-style, regimental Irish pipe band. Unlike civilian pipe bands who generally like to "let it all hang out" on parade, the Houston Irish are dedicated to what the Canadians call "The 3 D's" - dress, drill and deportment and studious musicianship. We only accept those who are willing to respect tradition, have strict bering on parade (in public) and look proper. We do not allow drunkenness, bad grooming, unkempt bandsmen or civilian conduct. Uniformity consists of the ancient Saffron kilt, the khaki Irish caubeen, military khaki shirt, pipers belt, etc.; band dress will mirror the look of the 38th Irish Brigade about the time of the Fall of Rome in June, 1944. Tunes will consist primarily of local Texas, Southern and American folktunes and marches as well as Irish and Scottish pipe tunes. We emphasize "American" because that is who we are - our audience will be local Texans and we wish to fully submerge American and local folk tunes into our band, something we believe is unique. The Marine Corps Hymn, Caissons, Dixie, Bonnie Blue Flag and various other tunes will highlight our expanding repertoire. Our motto is "Ten Simple Tunes Played Well." The band does not compete, although individual bandsmen may. We should have our website up this week. Basic chanter, dress, drill and deportment training is offered free of charge to all band members. Band practice currently takes place at a bandsman's residence off Hwy 59 & Chimneyrock (in the Galleria). For more information, please contact Mick Stewart, Pipe Sergeant, texaswildgeese@gmail.com.

All that having been said, unlike many bands, we welcome *anyone* to come to our practice or join us for a dram or a pint at our host bar, The Harp, on Richmond Avenue. You'll find something that has not been found in pipe band for many years: a smile, a handshake and good Texas hospitality. Many times, pipe bands have a tendancy to be insular and impossible to "break into." We welcome anyone to contact us.

Slainte!

Edited by Irishpiper
update band email contact

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Congratulations on the formation of a new pipe band. As it is the intention of the band, whilst on parade, to mirror the look of the 38th Irish Brigade about the time of the Fall of Rome in June, 1944 I was wondering where you going to souce sufficient numbers of P37 webbing belts, summer weight short sleaved battle dress with scottish cutaway and puttees. Also are you going to allow a bit of leeway and allow the wearing of sporrans.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

downunderkilt,

The Pattern 1937 khaki web waist belts we get from What Price Glory (www.whatpriceglory.com) which also carries reproduction British WWII Khaki Aertex shirts and British repro WWII (cut away) Khaki Service Dress jackets. The difference with the actual wartime uniform will, indeed, be the wearing of black leather sporrans, which, during the Second World War (1939-45) were not worn by active duty pipers of the Irish regiments. For members of our band who choose to play reenactments, parades, etc we will remove the sporrans and wear ammo boots and puttee's to maintain strict authenticity. A photo of our summer uniform can be found here:

http://st.louis.irish.tripod.com/irishwarpipe/id3.html

Scroll down to the wartime photo of the massed pipes and drums of the Irish brigade beating retreat on the piazza, after the fall of Rome, 1944.

Notice the British WWII Khaki Drill (KD) along with Saffron kilts, caubeens (which are British WWII General Service Caps or what the soldiers called "Caps, Ridiculous") and puttee's and "ammo boots." The Irish Brigade's wearing of the caubeen was stipulated later in an ACI which allowed the soldiers of the brigade to wear Ireland's most noticeable headgear.

Edited by Irishpiper

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Irishpiper, I have purchased a lot of gear from What Price Glory and I have seen the photos to which you are referring. I have seen the photo that your avatar is based on too.

http://st.louis.irish.tripod.com/irishwarpipe/id15.html

I think it's grand nod to the 38th that you are outfitting the band in such a way. Good one and all the best with the band, Cheers

Edited by Downunder Kilt

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

downunderkilt,

Many thanks sir.

Our objective is to go in a different direction from the standard civilian pipe band experience with the "waiter" dress and "anything goes" attitude (which usually leads to drunkenness, silliness, childish behavior, etc ]. This includes making our practices specific, dedicated and serious as opposed to the loosy-goosy civilian practice where family members, kids, and friends are brought and before long you have a BBQ with a few cold ones.

By choosing to be military, we wish to honor the Irishmen who served in the British Army (from both Eire and Northern Ireland) and fought against the Axis in Western Europe and the China-Burma-India (CBI) theatre. Say the words "51st Highland Division" and everyone knows the unit designation since the 'Highway Decorators' had a magnificent battle record garnered by the famous Highland and Lowland Scottish Regiments. The 38th Irish Brigade (within 78th 'Battleaxe' Division) also had a heroic wartime record fighting in Italy alongside all Empire forces - mentioned by many authors - as a forgotten front during the war.

We hope to be able to shed light on the men who served in the Med theatre (specifically Italy) as well as Burma (the Royal Irish Fusiliers served in this theatre) and honor their service.

Edited by Irishpiper

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Be sure and keep us posted on when and where you are going to be.Will we see you at the Houston Highland games next week?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

branmakmorn,

I am not sure if I will be in town next week, but will IM you if my schedule changes.

Havent been to the HHG in at least two decades!

Thanks bud.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Would love to see you there. I've been going almost every year since they began in downtown Houston at the old Garden in the Heights-that place isn't even there any more. Really missed it the last couple of years. Look for me around the athletic field I should have a BOTK t-shirt on or my BOTK kilt pin on my beret.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

O btw, I mentioned to my boss the other day about you forming a pipe band and giving lessons and he got big smile on his face. I gave him you Irish war pipes email and you personal and told him to let you know he got the info from branmakmorn from the brotherhood. You may have new recruit, he's a great guy and fairly new to the kilted scene but really wanting to learn the bagpipes a dream of his since college. Thanks will keep you posted

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bran,

Many thanks for you kindness of passing on my email.

Our band is always open for basic chanter practice for those who wish to learn.

Regards.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Our band website is now live:

www.irishwarpipes.org

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

.... after seven years, the Texas Wild Geese have reformed ranks and are back.  The Drums & Pipes of the Houston Irish and will be cranking up soon.  Our email has changed ( texaswildgeese@gmail.com ) and you can also reach us on Facebook:  Drums and Pipes of the Houston Irish.

FIND US HERE ..... https://www.facebook.com/texaswildgeese/

All the best.

 

UP THE IRISH!

Mick 

Edited by Irishpiper

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

For those who are interested in our band, you can find us on Facebook at:

 

DRUMS AND PIPES OF THE HOUSTON IRISH
https://www.facebook.com/texaswildgeese/

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this