Midlothian Scottish Pipe Band

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Midlothian Scottish Pipe Band
Established 1975
Location Midlothian, Illinois (Practice is in Lombard, IL)
Grade 3
Pipe Major Tristan Wilson
Drum Sergeant Andrew Watson
Tartan Modern Caledonia
Notable Honours Midwest Pipe Band Association Champion Supreme: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013[1]
Website midlothianpipeband.com
Past Pipe Majors:
Ian Swinton
Bob Boyle
Adrian Melvin
Evette Miller
Past Drum Sergeants:
Jim Sim
Marty Boyle
Adam Rusek

The Midlothian Scottish Pipe Band is a leading American pipe band from the suburbs of Chicago. In their 37 years of existence, they have been successful in grades IV through I and currently play in Grade III.


Founded in 1975 by pipe major and lead drummer Ian Swinton and Jim Sim, the goal of the organization was to create a home grown pipe band which would also be highly competitive on the world stage. By 1978 the new band had been promoted to grade III and the work of the band in teaching younger students was beginning to show as they entered the band. In 1981 the band won all 10 of the contests it entered and was promoted to Grade II. The band, which by now also fielded a grade IV band of junior players, traveled to Scotland in 1983 with both bands and over 100 people for three weeks.

They competed in five competitions and were named the best overseas band at the World Pipe Band Championships. In 1985 they were upgraded to Grade I, signifying that Ian and Jim had brought a band from Grade IV to Grade I in 10 years. The band went back down to Grade II in 1987 due to the loss of several players. In 2001 the band dropped down to Grade III, and merged with the Chicago Metropolitan Pipe Band under the leadership of Pipe Major Bob Boyle and Leading Drummer Marty Boyle. The band went back up to grade II one year later. Ian Swinton rejoined as pipe major in 2004, bringing new life back into the band. In 2005, Midlothian was the Midwest Pipe Band Association Champion Supreme.[2]

In 2006 and 2007 the band took second place at the North American Pipe Band Championships at the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville, Ontario, Canada. The band also earned the Midwest Pipe Band Association Champion Supreme awards for both 2006 and 2007.[3]

In the Fall of 2011 the band reorganized under the direction of Pipe Major Evette Miller with the band competing in Grade III in 2012. The band had a successful first year back in the circle and followed that with a very successful year two in 2013, including winning Champion Supreme in Grade 3[4] which was the highest competing grade in the MWPBA for that season. Following the end of the 2013 competition season, Pipe Major Evette Miller and Drum Sergeant Adam Rusek stepped aside from their leadership roles as Tristan Wilson and Andrew Watson became the new leadership within Midlothian Scottish.

The band has earned the name "The best in the Midwest."

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