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R.A.F. Kinloss

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Band Name: Royal Air Force Kinloss Pipes & Drums

Established: 1947

Grade: 4A

Tartan: Royal Air Force

Pipe Major: Barry Ashby
Tel 01309 676432

Lead Drummer: Joe Dempsey

Drum Major: Brian Calder

Secretary: Geoff Allen

Location: Forres, Moray

Practice Info: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2000hrs, R.A.F. Kinloss


In 1947, a band was formed at RAF Kinloss comprised mainly of national servicemen. Around the same time a band was formed at RAF Edzell with many players coming from the pre war band at RAF Montrose, including the officer in charge, Flt Lt George Sutherland who had secured new tartan for his band, namely Ancient Sutherland. In 1957 the band from Edzell moved to Kinloss who then adopted this tartan and wore it with pride for the next 58 years. On 01 October 2015 the band changed its tartan to the RAF tartan.  This move is in accordance with the Chief of Air Staff policy of ‘back to blue’ and brings the band into line with the other three RAF pipe bands that have already made the change. In the mid 90’s both Kinloss and the RAF Lossiemouth band were struggling for numbers so they decided to merge, with the Lossiemouth personnel making the move as they were the smaller of the two. The Kinloss band thrived and enjoyed many years of success in competition. When RAF Kinloss closed in 2012 the band moved again and became the RAF Lossiemouth Pipes & Drums.


Last Updated: 10/10/15