About the Band
The High Desert Pipes and Drums celebrated
its nineteenth anniversary in 2012. Pipe Major and Founder Bill Horn maintains
his original goals – to promote Scottish Bagpipe music in New Mexico – striving
for authenticity and excellence.
COMPETITIONS: In 1997,
HDP&D became one of the first bands in the Western United States to
travel to Scotland to compete. Although we placed very close to the bottom on
that trip, we learned – and two years later became the first US band to win
Grade IV at the
Band Championships. The magnitude of that win grows
with each passing year, as we remain the ONLY US band to have won that grade in
the more than 50 year history of the competition. In 2001, on the third trip, HDP&D
won Best Bass Section and Marching and Deportment
at the Worlds.
In 2007, the members of HDP&D completed a
fourth trip to Scotland to compete, and although we did not bring any silver
home to New Mexico from the three competitions (North
Bridge of Allen,
World Pipe Band
Championships), the trip was still a great success and proved that we are
still on track.
Instrumental in the success of the High Desert has been the ability of Bill
Horn, the founder and Pipe Major, to obtain direction from some of the best
Scottish musicians in the World. From its inception, HDP&D has
focused on quality instruction, hosting seminars with Terry Lee, Jack Lee, Reid Maxwell,
Stuart Liddell, Angus MacColl, Adam Quinn, Alan Bevin, Duncan Miller, and Alastair Gillies. Band members have
received instruction at the
Piping Centre in Glasgow, and attended schools in the United States.
Obtaining the best instruction is a primary focus in the band's annual budget.
OUR LOYAL SUPPORTERS:
Our thanks to businesses such as
Argyle Welding Supply,
Sports Bar, Forgemaster Iron, CTSI and individuals too numerous to mention,
as well as organizations such as the
St. Andrew’s Society for providing financial support and performance
support of the community has been a vital element in our growth and longevity.
OUR ALUMNI: Just as you
never forget your first job, you also do not forget your first pipe band.
HDP&D students have played in bands from Washington, California,
Colorado, Florida, Kansas in Grade 4 to Grade 1 bands. Even though HDP&D
is a Grade 4 band, it has produced a number of Grade 1 and Grade 2 pipers and
HDP&D is proud of the
diversity its members – people of different ages, backgrounds, musical
abilities, brought together by an interest in this unique music. Doctors,
lawyers, students, scientists, business people, teenagers, kids all united by an
Many of our members are family; Fathers and sons, Fathers and
daughters, sisters, brothers, mothers. Remember the Maestas Clan, the Primozics,
Kent and daughter Amanda, Jim and son Dan, Shawnee and Joseph, Paul and daughter
Patsy,the Broadhead family, Reardon family, the Drennans, McBride, and
LESSONS: Practice —
Practice — Practice - Lessons every Thursday from 6:30-7:30 at 3815 Hawkins St.
THE FUTURE: It has been
exciting to watch the band kids, such as Joel Bristol, Daniel Appel, Mason
Parsons, Katy Houska, Tim Borgman, Stuart Clements, Amanda Argubright and others
grow up. We look forward to the next generation.
Whether you are 7 or 70, the High Desert Pipes and
Drums, as one of Albuquerque's Best, encourage you to “Indulge
Your Inner Celt”.