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    SALPD 15 Year Anniversary

    August 19th, 2015
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    SALPD Bass Drum

    I would like to take this time and wish all of us at St. Andrew’s Legion Pipes & Drums a Happy Birthday on the 23rd, which also happens to be William Wallace Day.

    On August 23rd of 2000, a small group of people came together from various backgrounds and some of us already had experience in Piping & Drumming. Our goal and mission was not to be like 90% of P&Ds in this country taking the competitive route, with no disrespect towards their directions, but form a group that would perform for public and private events to promote a proud heritage that had been passed down through the ages from across the “pond” from Scotland and Ireland. We endeavor to be good musicians, but more important, we endeavor to be good people with a positive impact on our community. We are steadily growing in numbers and with satellite bands in association with us now initiated in various schools, I can attest that I am very proud of everyone.

    I could go on and on with boast and praise, but in the words of Sir William Wallace “I have led you to the ring, now dance the best ye can”. In other words, keep up the good fight and continue to push forward.

    Yours aye, Tim MacLeod ~ Pipe Major & President of St. Andrew’s Legion Pipes & Drums

    Awards Night Winners

    April 22nd, 2011

    As promised here is the list of the awards that were won at our awards night on April 2nd. Congratulations to all the winners!

    General Service

    General Service


    Bill Britton
    Thomas Denson
    Francine Dermer
    Tammy DeWitt
    David Humphrey
    Justin Ingram
    Mac McClendon
    Sean McCllean
    Alex McGrath
    Phillip McKann
    Keith Porter
    Donald Raybould
    Daniel Ripley
    Shawn Scott


    meritorious  service

    Meritorious Service


    Bill Britton
    Scott Elder
    Mac McClendon
    Alex McGrath
    Keith Porter
    David Ramsey
    Donald Raybould
    Daniel Ripley
    Bradley Trimble


    Cross and Thistle

    Cross and Thistle


    Thomas Denson
    David Ramsey
    Donald Raybould
    Daniel Ripley
    Bradley Trimble




    Virginia Fallen Firefighters

    April 20th, 2011

    Below is the video from the Virginia Congress where the Virginia Fallen Firefighters Ceremony is mentioned and SALPD gets mentioned by name. Please take a moment to watch and remember those who have paid the ultimate price in protecting us. The ceremony is June 4th at RIR Raceway. We along with the Old Dominion Emerald Society will help pay homage to Virginia’s Bravest.

    Ft. Lee Wrap Up

    April 13th, 2011

    Now for a follow up to the Ft. Lee Celtic Festival. First some comments from our Pipe Major who also happened to help organize the event. Those will then be followed by my own take on the event. First a word from Tim:

    With only less than two months of planning and a small budget, Ft. Lee Celtic Festival was a very nice success. We reached in the hat and pulled out a very big rabbit. Uisce Beatha , Poison Dwarf , Coyote Run, along with the Ft Lee Rock Band filling the stage throughout the day, folks had plenty of great entertainment. The combined Pipes & Drums of City of Alexandria, Greater Richmond, St. Andrews Legion took the parade field with Ft. Lee’s own 392nd Army Band for two massings, and each band rendered sets during stage breaks.

    Nothing against competition piping, but paying bands to come into an event like this, with the sole focus to entertain and show the crowds what they can do is a very nice breath of fresh air. I dare say with all due respect, if we were all judged on what the crowds love and cheer, City of Alexandria P&D would cream the rest of us. Drum Major JJ Powers and PM J. Sprague have done a spectacular job of preserving the idea and image of what a Scottish Regimental Pipes & Drums used to look and sound like long before the more civilian model of pipe bands came into common place. Though of course their band does compete in grading, they excel in the show and exhibition side. Then of course, on the other end of the piping spectrum, we had the intensely focused Greater Richmond Pipes & Drums who have risen to in grading in the Competition World. As for my own band, St. Andrew’s Legion, they did a good job and for many in the ranks, it was just the first or second time playing in public. It’s always a pleasure seeing the excitement in the new member’s eyes and to hear their enthusiasm when they’ve made their first gig.

    Mother Nature gave us a soft Scottish day with an overcast of clouds, but the rain stayed away, though the weather conditions did make it a challenge for tuning pipes. Clans, Societies and Vendors filled the hillside of the Hideaway Club. As one of the coordinators for the festival, I was very pleased with the response from the public and the participants. Some very nice suggestions were made by some that seemed to have fallen in love with the event. The soldiers and their families were thrilled that so many from the public came on Post to show their love and support. We all support the troops, what American doesn’t? It adds so much more when you can be there in person to show and tell them. We’re planning on continuing the festival annually, and once we decide next year’s date, we will let everyone know. Dan & Megan are excited and this event can only keep growing.

    T. MacLeod

    Thanks Tim. I do think this event showed a lot of potential and agree with Tim that the weather probably kept some people away. Entertainment was top notch with The Ft. Lee Rock Band, Uisce Beatha, Coyote Run, and Poisoned Dwarf. It was REALLY nice to have the Army folks put the tent up for us. We always put some piece in wrong and realize it half way through. Hopefully we remedied that at take down by re painting the connections. I have to admit some of the “rules” had me worried but everything was fine. The two biggies being no bladed weapons and you couldn’t bring food. Everyone in SALPD didn’t wear any weapons but looks like everyone in Alexandria had either a dirk, sgian dubh or both. They even had a vendor selling swords. Who needed to bring food when the Army supplied the bands with lunch and the prices, both beer and food, at this festival were very reasonable. This festival was very laid back from a performance perspective so we had time to check out the other bands and I have to agree with Tim about Alexandria. Not that Greater Richmond was worse, their sound is absolutely amazing, but Alexandria really puts on a show. The guys from both bands are great guys to hang with as well. I was stopped a couple of time for picture opportunities (not that I’m complaining but there are way more photogenic people to choose from) and I had a chance to chat with some of the people from the base who were more than pleased with the festival. To which I replied thank you we couldn’t do any of this without you guys. I think that’s what made this event special. Our mission is to help spread/preserve Scottish Culture but when we can do that and give back to the community that’s when it becomes really special. Yes we perform at the Virginia War Memorial and other ceremonial type events but being able to play for the men and women of the armed forces in their down time just to help entertain them is really special. Hopefully this event will grow and get better. It is definitely on worth attending.

    Ft. Lee Celtic Festival

    April 3rd, 2011

    Festival Info

    A quick heads up about a free that’s right FREE Celtic Festival. This coming Saturday April 9th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Ft. Lee is the 1st Annual Ft. Lee Celtic Festival. There will be all the usual suspects: Pipe bands, Celtic vendors, music groups, the various Clans and Societies and Celtic food. Did I mention it’s all free? The price is right and you can do two things at once participate in a great new festival and help support the troops. For more information please visit Come join us help support the troops and have fun while doing it. Hope to see you there.

    Awards Night/Update

    April 3rd, 2011

    SALPD 10 Years

    SALPD 10 Year Medal

    Wow I can’t believe it’s been four months since our last post. It’s also been two years since our last awards presentaion. We’ll fix both of those issues right now. This evening SALPD held our awards dinner at the Innsbrook location of our sponsor Capital Ale House. The evening had the band dressed to the nines with everyone in their best. Be it Officer Mess, Prince Charlies or Doublets everyone looked great. The food and service was great as was the company. At events we always find time to hang out but we always know there is a performance right around the corner. With events like this everyone is relaxed and having a good time. With VCU in the Final Four there was lots of score checking going on from everyone in band to the wait staff.

    I’ll have a full list of all the people who were awarded medals later but the awards from the evening included general service, meritorious service, cross and thistle and the new SALPD 10 year medal. That’s right SALPD will be 10 years this coming August and in honor of that fact we introduced the 10 Year medal pictured in this blog. There was also the presentation of a special award to our Drum Major Don Milligan. Don has been fighting some health issues the past 3-4 months and it was great to see him out and about this evening. All in all everyone had a great time.

    We’ve had so much happen in four months from new members, to new practice schedules, to new tunes. The posts will come more frequently and get everyone caught up on the happenings and keep you abreast of the current goings on. In the mean time congrats once again to all the folks who received awards tonight. We hope to see you all at our up coming events. Take care and we’ll see you out there.

    James Henry Batten, Jr.

    November 1st, 2010

    This past Saturday at 3:00 AM our Pipe Major Tim Batten lost his father to a long battle with Cancer. Tim was there with his dad. The entire band would like to express our deepest sympathies to Tim and his family in this trying time. The Legion will be there to help put Mr. Batten to rest. The tartan we wear is the Batten of Argyll tartan and we will hopefully do him justice. Click here for the obituary.

    James Henry Batten Jr.

    Born 23 July 1927. Died 30 October 2010. Born the oldest son of seven children to James Henry Batten Sr and Maudie Ellen Batten. He grew up on what was known as Bloomfield Plantation in Western Albemarle County. His family origins was of mixed Scottish, Irish, and English heritage.

    At 17 he enlisted in the Virginia State Guard (later National Guard) 29 Division, 116th Infantry K Company. In 1960 he left the Army National Guard and became a Police Officer at the University of Virginia Police Department, rose to the ranks of Sergeant and Investigator, and served also as interim Chief of Police. He also earned a Degree in Criminal Justice and taught Statement Discourse Analysis, Firearms and Arson Investigation at University of Louisville Kentucky.

    He retired a Police Officer in 1984 and became a full time Minister of the Christian Church/ Church of Christ. He was also a farmer who raised cattle, horses and agriculture. He enjoyed Hunting and Fishing. He is proceeded in death, by his wife Charlotte Jean, and has four children: Ellen of Barboursville Va, James Henry 3rd of Scottsville, Va, Evonne of Salisbury NC, and Tim of Chester Va.

    Cold and Flu Season

    October 30th, 2010

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    One time at band camp… If you’ve seen the movie you know the rest. But do you have any idea what goes on at bagpipe band camp? Below is some advice passed on from our own Fay King that she picked up from one of her many trips to The North American Academy of Piping and Drumming.

    Make sure you keep your blow sticks, pipes & practice chanters clean….especially after being sick. Sandy Jones pointed out at NAAPD this summer that it’s important not to reinfect yourself after an illness by playing dirty pipes. He had some issues with the Cadet Corps at the Citadel getting sick over and over. He finally figured it was the germy blowsticks & pipes. Our own Pipe Major chimed in with this tip. Make sure you open your bags up and let them completely dry out after playing it helps keep the moisture down and kill off germs.

    Fay thinks she being a bit of a Mom on this one but other than being a kick butt piper its what she does besides it’s some good advice. For those of you who don’t know about NAAPD check out there site above. They have summer camp sessions that are really awesome. Fay goes regularly as does Dennis, and Robin has been numerous times as well. I’ve been and can speak to it’s awesomeness. You get instruction from world class pipers and at least two concerts a day from them. Not to mention the setting in the mountains of North Carolina. Well worth it.

    So keep those blow sticks clean and stay well this coming season. And don’t be afraid or snicker the next time you hear “One time at bagpipe band camp….”

    Meadow Highland Games Wrapup

    October 25th, 2010

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    I just want to thank all of you of the St. Andrew’s Legion and the staff at State Fair of Virginia who made this years Highland Games & Celtic Festival a great success! We had 99% attendance of the band and I appreciate everyone’s team effort to show the public and attendees the best performances and show of professionalism our pipe band can deliver. This particular festival is always so anticipated with enthusiasm, but at the same time saddening in a way, for it marks the end of the Highland Games/Festival season each year, but we still have a bunch of other events until December.

    We even have picked up a few new recruits that will start flowing in to practice over the next several weeks, we have our work cut out for us to bring them into the fold. Congratulations to our own Don Raybould who took 2nd place in the Drum Major’s Competition, and to our shared members who also play with Great Richmond Pipes & Drums that took 1st place in Grade 3 and 3rd in Grade 5.

    Thank you to our officers who were always attentive to the needs of our members and to the staff of the Festival. Thanks, also goes out to our sponsors such as MacLaren Jewelers and Capstone Insurance, along with the families and support folks who do so much to help us behind the scenes. Without you, this band wouldn’t exist. I think Chris Fox should receive an award for dedication! Any guy who will drive all the way from upstate New York to play with us, deserves special mention.

    It was a pleasure to have Albemarle Pipes & Drums with us on Saturday to merge in playing with us on circle ups. The combined group looked and sounded like a powerhouse out there. The crowds that immediately gathered upon the first strike ins, were impressive. Mark Chapman is doing a fine job and we look forward to working and playing with APD again in the future. You just never know what sort of impact your art will have on people. I remember playing my pipes years ago for the Charlottesville Fire Department and I met a young female firefighter who was just entranced with the Pipes. This weekend she was one of the APD folks playing right beside you. So always know this, you may be just doing what you normally do, but you are always planting seeds in the minds and hearts of those you come in contact with.

    Last, I want to thank Mr. Roberts and Miss Ross of the State Fair of Virginia, who along with the rest of their staff, who do such an outstanding job of running, managing, and putting one of the top largest Celtic Festivals on the entire Eastern United States and largest in Virginia.

    To everyone- Great Job!!

    Aye, Tim Batten MacLeod, President of St. Andrew’s Legion Pipes & Drums

    USA Patriots’ Day Music Classic

    September 4th, 2010

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    Join St. Andrew’s Legion on September 11th in Powhattan County for the USA Patriots’ Day Music Classic. This event will be hosted by Mr. Clyde Childress. For those of you that have been following the band Mr. Childress has put on an event the past two years. The first was on July 4th of 2008 and last year on Flag Day. The events that he puts together are always family friendly fare that help support the Virginia Wounded Warrior Fund. Mr. Childress is a retired and highly decorated Marine.

    This years event is sure to have a little something for everyone from former America’s Got Talent Winner Kevin Skinner, Fighting Gravity’s Lead singer Schiavone McGee, bluegrass bands, the Ft. Rock Band and some pipe band you may have heard of as well. Oh wait did I forget to mention Charlie Daniels. That’s right Charlie Daniels will be headlining the event. For the full list of artists, directions and a complete list of vendor/entertainment please visit their site What race weekend you say. Come to this event first spend some time help a good cause then head to the race (if you still want to go). If you feel like you have to go to the race consider making a donation to the Virginia Wounded Warriors Fund. For information on how to donate download this brochure We look forward to seeing you all there and helping to support such a good cause.

    For those of you wondering what Patriots Day is here is a quick blurb about it(via Wikipedia):

    Patriot Day occurs on September 11 of each year, designated in memory of the 2,993 killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks. Most Americans refer to the day as “Nine-Eleven (9/11),” “September Eleventh,” or some variation thereof. U.S. House of Representatives Joint Resolution 71 was approved by a vote of 407-0 on October 25, 2001. It requested that the President designate September 11 of each year as “Patriot Day.” President George W. Bush signed the resolution into law on December 18, 2001 (as Public Law 107-89). It is a discretionary day of remembrance. Initially, the day was called the Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001. On September 4, 2002, President Bush used his authority created by the resolution and proclaimed September 11, 2002 as Patriot Day. On this day, the President directs that the American flag be flown at half-staff at individual American homes, at the White House, and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments, home and abroad. The President also asks Americans to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 A.M. (Eastern Daylight Time), the time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.