(02/21/13) - It's the oldest of its kind in Michigan - this week, the Flint
Scottish Pipe Band turns 97 years old.
The band, usually about 40 members strong, plans to celebrate in style on Saturday with their annual Winter Ceilidh at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Davison. The Scottish festival features food, drinks, highland dancers, and of course - plenty of piping.
"It's phenomenal. We have people from all over the United States and even Canada coming. We are the biggest on the eastern coast, nothing has matched what we do," George Murray, Flint Scottish Pipe Band Member.
Money raised at the Ceilidh goes right back into supporting the band, which will compete in May for its fourth national championship in the past six years.
"Putting uniforms on our players, buying band equipment. We also have a scholarship program. We pay for pipers, drummers and dancers to go to different festivals and different dance and piping schools to learn the Celtic arts," Murray said.
One of those recipients is 18-year-old Christina Monzo. She's a third generation band member.
"It's really competitive and really fun, and it looks great on a resume to do something that nobody else does, hardly," she said.
The standard required uniform costs around $10,000.
For more information on the Winter Ceilidh, click HERE.
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