Join Newton Aycliffe Pipe Band

Come and have a go at playing the pipes or drums, we are now looking for new members.

The band are a regular feature at various community events throughout the year, they lead the remembrance service parade at Eston, perform at various shows as well as many other events during the year.

We have several different instruments which include:


Side Drum

Tenor Drum

Bass Drum

One to one tuition for learners.

One to one tuition.

The pipe band is currently looking to recruit new members regardless of their skill level. No matter what experience, we will help teach and develop you to play what ever instrument you choose.

If you wish to learn the bagpipes we have instruments available to use. Pipers initially start on the chanter which is used to practice and learn on, once learners achieve a certain level they will then start learning to transfer those skills onto the bagpipe.

Tenor drummers practicing togetherIf you wish to learn the drum we can provide you with a pad and sticks to learn on until you are ready to progress to the drum of choice.

We provide excellent tuition and support free of charge to learners.

We provide a band uniform for our members once they are ready to perform, this is provided free of charge however remains the property of the band.

Tuning the pipes drones

The band have a few potential members in the pipeline however they still require additional members to drive the band back to success!

Any one that wishes to join the band or come a long should get in contact with us through our band contacts page or alternatively through the bands Facebook page.

Tenor Drummers practicing

NAPB Christmas Party

Newton Aycliffe Pipe Band’s Christmas party will be held at The Angel Inn, Gilling West on Saturday 13th December, 7.30pm onwards!… All welcome and we hope to see as many as possible P.S. THERE WILL BE LIVE MUSIC!!! There will also be a hot and cold buffet which is £5.50 each, please contact Michael at to book your place and be quick as there aren’t many spaces left!

Many thanks to Luke Kirby for making the Poster 🙂

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Engagement – Paul & Susan


Newton Aycliffe Pipe Band would like to congratulate Paul Cook and Susan Nicholson on their engagement.

Everyone at NAPB would like to wish you all the best and we can’t wait for the engagement party!


New Pipe Major


Newton Aycliffe Pipe Band would like to welcome Paul Cook as our new Pipe Major for the coming season. Paul joined the band at the age of 14 years old and has a lot of experience in the band including being a Pipe Major for many years before. We look forward to the coming season and have lots of new and exciting things to come, so keep your eyes peeled!

NAPB would also like to thank Cameron Dulston who handed the reins over to Paul. Cameron has been Pipe Major of the band for several years now but is now taking a break as Pipe Major.

Piper of Loos – WW1 Centenary

by Michael Hall

The 4th of August 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the day Britain entered one of the costliest conflicts in history, the First World War. Many bloody battles ensued and millions of people were injured or lost their lives. There are countless stories of heroism and bravery in the face of grave danger and horrific scenes.

The Battle of Loos was a savage battle and one of the major British offensives launched on the Western Front in 1915 during The Great War. On the 25th of September the British were able to break through weaker German trenches and capture the town of Loos. One story from the battle is that of Piper Daniel Laidlaw of the 7th Kings Own Scottish Borderers.


They were under heavy shell fire on the morning 25th of September, 1915. A cloud of poison gas drifted over their position and a few of the men began to cough and choke, many succumbed rapidly to the effects of the gas and the remainder were shaken by the disturbing sights they saw. The overall effects of what was going on around them began to understandably unnerve the men in the trenches. Its difficult to imagine the horror they faced and that’s before they even went over the top. The commanding officer screamed for Laidlaw’s assistance “Pipe them together, Laidlaw, for God’s sake, pipe them together”.

ww1pipers2With absolute disregard of danger and in an act of extreme bravery Laidlaw mounted the parapet, marched up and down and played the company out of the trench. Bullets whizzed past him, shells burst near him, but oblivious to the danger he played the companies regimental tune, “Blue Bonnets Over the Border”. Seeing the men take courage, the commanding officer gave the order to advance and shouted, “Come on, Borderers, who’ll be the first to reach the German trenches?”

Laidlaw followed his regiment into the assault, men were being killed all around him, but Laidlaw continued piping until he got near the German lines where he was hit and fell wounded. Like many other wounded pipers, he attempted to play on, he eventually managed to get up and hobble after the regiment.

Pipers of the Trenches

For his efforts the 40 year old Laidlaw received the Victoria Cross, one of only 74 awarded to Scots during the First World War, he also received the French Criox de Guerre and was afterward promoted to Sergeant-Piper and later became known as The Piper of Loos. A piper doing exactly what they did best, encouraging the men into an attack. Their drones drawing courage and drive whilst their chanters play melodies which remind them of their homelands and of their fight for freedom.

This is just one brief story of extreme bravery during horrific and unthinkable conditions of Pipers leading their regiments into battle. Hundreds of pipers died on the battlefields of the Great War and it is in their memory along with all those brave soldiers to date who have paid the ultimate price for our Country and Freedom, a price that we shall be eternally grateful.

We will remember them.

New NAPB website!


Welcome to our brand new and updated website for NAPB!

You may have noticed some major changes to our website which has been under development for some time. We have updated many things and we hope you like the changes that we have made. One of our major changes is our new web address:

There are many further changes to come with some great new ideas in the pipeline so make sure you keep visiting and checking back regularly.

We would like to know what you think of our new site so please get in touch.