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History of Kentucky United Pipes & Drums

Formed November 2003

Kentucky United Pipes and Drums began as a vision of president/drummer Barry Miller as a way to promote piping & drumming in central Kentucky through a competition pipe band.

The first meeting was held at the home of Barry and Nancy Miller on November 14, 2003 to see if the interest was there for such an organization. The response was overwhelming and so Kentucky United Pipes and Drums was born.

Applications for Pipe Major were taken prior to the first meeting and the first Pipe Major of KUPD was chosen. Will Young of Versailles, Kentucky was chosen due to his experience and successes as a grade 2 EUSPBA piper and band member.

Other first year officers were chosen and include Vicky Goodloe-vice president, Ross DeAeth-pipe sergeant, Rick Clayburn-drum sergeant and treasurer, and Connie Clayburn-secretary/band support with the understanding that elections will be held each year.

The first performance of KUPD was at the Kentucky Scottish Weekend May 8th, 2004 with the band giving a strong performance winning 3rd place and the drum section taking 1st place.

The highlight of 2004 was the performance of KUPD at the Stone Mountain Highland Games in Stone Mountain, Georgia where the band took 2nd place out of 17 bands in grade 5, a great ending to a first year from a band at that time was not even 1 year old.  2005 began with KUPD taking first place at Kentucky Scottish Weekend.  More recently, KUPD finished 3rd out of 16 bands at the Stone Mountain games in October 2006.

In October 2006, the band voted to wear the Commonwealth of Kentucky tartan as the official tartan of the band.  Kilts were purchased and arrived in time for the Kentucky Scottish Weekend in May 2007.  Click here for the History of the Kentucky Tartan

In 2009, KUPD began competing as a grade 4 pipe band.

If you would like information on how you can get involved in piping or drumming, please email us or sign our guest book with your inquiry and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


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