Clan Hay is one of only a very few clans to have its own pipe band.
The Clan Hay Pipe Band was founded in 2004 and is based with Clan Hay’s Continental Europe branch in Brussels. Under the able leadership of Pipe Major Philippe Vervoort, who is also personal piper to the Earl of Erroll, Chief of Clan Hay, the band is renowned throughout Europe for its very high standards of performance and its impeccable appearance.
The Clan Hay Pipe Band performs regularly in Scotland and is one of the principal attractions of the annual Clan Hay gathering in Aberdeenshire every August. On a bigger stage, the band led the Clan Hay at the major international clan gatherings in Edinburgh in 2009 and at Bannockburn Live in Stirling in 2014.
As a result of their performance at Bannockburn Live, the Clan Hay Pipe Band has been invited to perform at the 2015 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which takes place on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle in August.
The Clan Hay Pipe Band supports its expenses by constant fundraising throughout the year. This involves not only the cost of travel from Belgium, but instruments and uniforms are vastly expensive: just a pair of socks for a piper costs £100. The band therefore depends on generous benefactors to assist with expenses, most notably, last year, Henry Lafayette Collins III, who made possible the band’s presence at Bannockburn Live and after whom the band’s new bass drum is named.
If you would like to sponsor the Clan Hay Pipe Band, please contact the treasurer on pam.rotheroe-hay@Hotmail.co.uk. All donations are valued, however small, and are acknowledged in the Clan Hay tent at the annual gathering and in the Clan Hay Journal. Benefactors contributing £25.00 sterling or more will receive a certificate from the band.