The Los Angeles Scots Pipe Band (L.A. Scots) was first formed in 1961. The band competed successfully throughout the 60s and early 70s, being virtually undefeated from 1961 to 1971. Recognized for its excellent, innovative music and playing ability, the original band performed under that name for the last time in 1974.
In 1990, the band was revitalized from the nucleus of the Beach Cities Pipe Band and the Scottish Heritage Pipe band. The band was reformed from the sons of the old L.A. Scots and several members of the original L.A. Scots Junior Band.
The band is currently under the direction of Pipe Major Scott MacDonald who took over the band in 1992. The band has continued to improve under his leadership and has developed an international reputation. The Drum section is under the direction of Andrew Brubaker. The band now competes in Grade One after winning the World Grade 2 Pipe Championships in Glasgow, Scotland in 1997. Since then, the band has placed as high as 11th place in World Grade One, something no other U.S. pipe band has done.
The band’s first released CD, “At the Beach,” has been very successful and is sold internationally as well as in popular music stores around the United States. The band has also has performed and recorded with Rod Stewart and Mike Oldfield (Tubular Bells), among others.
The L.A. Scots have performed in Canada, Scotland, Ireland, France and are scheduled to play in New Zealand, Italy and Taiwan in the next couple of years. If you are interested in finding out more about the band and its upcoming schedule, go to www.lascots.org. The band is Sponsored by The Pearl Drum Company, McCallum Bagpipe, and Fitzgeralds Casino Hotel.