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.
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.
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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