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Atholl HIghlandersThe Atholl Highlanders Pipes and Drums USA of Stone Mountain, Georgia.

The band first formed in 1981, but in 1983 was granted permission to wear the Murray of Atholl tartan, to bear the name “Atholl Highlanders”, and to be the representative of Lord Murray, the 10th Duke of Atholl, in North America.

In 1996, the band played during the Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games; in January, 2000 they appeared at Super Bowl XXXIV in Atlanta; August, 2000 and 2005 they played in the Millennium Piping Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland; and have played in many other prestigious events.  They continue to play for departing and returning military units and for fallen soldiers.  They are the Featured Band for     The Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games.

The band is under the musical direction of Pipe Major, Lisa Wight and Drum Sergeant, Konrad Clemens, and marching direction of Drum Majors Don Bogue and Ben Linton.

North Atlanta Pipes and DrumsNorth Atlanta Pipes & Drums was founded in 2007 by four seasoned musicians: pipers Bradford Beaton, Mark Blihovde, Robbie Rogers, and drummer J.J.  Hayden. Their vision was to bring together a core of accomplished pipers and drummers that love playing and are ready to compete, while also welcoming developing players. The band is under the direction of Pipe Major Bradford Beaton and Drum Sergeant J.J. Hayden, two very well known musicians in the southeast.

The band was founded on a philosophy of good people, good musicians and good music. 2009 marked the band's first full competition season, where entering as a new Grade 5 band it placed 2nd at Greenville and 3rd at Charleston. In addition to competitions, North Atlanta Pipes & Drums performs at public and private events. Highlights last year included playing for the dedication of a new million-dollar pipe organ and playing for Memorial Day ceremonies.  The band wears the Royal Stewart tartan. A small band with ambition and a big heart, NAPD welcomes talented, experienced pipers & drummers. Come join us!

John  Mohr MackintoshJohn Mohr Mackintosh Pipes and Drums has a reputation for remarkable showmanship and competitive spirit. For over a quarter century, John Mohr has continued to perform the timeless music of the pipes and drums throughout the Southeastern United States.

John Mohr’s motto, Invictus (L. unconquerable), reflects the spirit of the band’s membership. Wearing the brilliant red Mackintosh tartan, John Mohr proudly bears the name of the eighteenth-century adventurer Captain John Mohr Mackintosh, whose exploits are in the chronicles of early-American colonial history.

A member of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA), John Mohr competes in EUSPBA Grade V pipe band competitions throughout the Southeast. In 1996, John Mohr performed at the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games on thirteen consecutive dates. For sixteen years, John Mohr was a featured participant in the Stone Mountain Military Tattoo. John Mohr also performs as host band for the Stone Mountain Highland Games in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

The band is currently under the musical direction of Richard Smith, Pipe Major. The drum corps is under the leadership of Drum Sergeant Jennifer Gregory. According to Drum Major and Band President Gordon H. Wilson, FSA (Scot), “John Mohr's ongoing objective is to perform the music of the pipes and drums whenever and wherever the occasion demands. In doing so, we honor our Celtic heritage and do our part in continuing centuries-long traditions.”

Alhambra HighlandersThe Alhambra Highlander Pipes and Drums is the oldest Shrine Pipe Band in North America. It was formed in 1934 and has been in existence ever since. The Alhambra Highlander Pipes and Drums presently have 30 members with approximately 20 active playing members. The band won its division of the Shrine Imperial (National) competition in 1997 in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Alhambra Highlander Pipes and Drums band may be contacted thru its present Captain Billy Milen at (423) 338-5184 or (423) 241-9208.

 

Appalachian Saint Andrew'sAPPALACHIAN SAINT ANDREW’S PIPES AND DRUMS

The Appalachian Saint Andrews’s Pipes and Drums of Blairsville is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2014.  The band’s goal is to entertain audiences throughout the Southern Appalachian region, performing the timeless music of the Scottish bagpipes and drums. The band performs at various parades, ceremonies, and public and private events around the North Georgia and Western North Carolina areas. The Band originated in 2004 under the direction of Pipe Major Roy McKee, who came to Blairsville in 2003 from the Mizpah Shrine Band in Ft. Wayne IN. According to Roy, “Appalachian Saint Andrew’s goal is to build a membership dedicated to Scottish Piping and Drumming, to become more proficient in the playing of Scottish pipes and drums, and to improving performance standards as individuals and as a band.” The Band is currently under the musical leadership of Pipe Major Richard Smith, who comes to the Band with over 20 years of piping experience, having been a longtime member and Pipe Major of a pipe band in the Atlanta GA area, until retiring to Blairsville in 2011. Pipe Sergeant Jon Dipert comes to the band with over 30 years of piping experience, having been a long-time member of a pipe band in Palm Beach FL. The drum corps is under the leadership of Drum Sergeant Russell Stockton. The Appalachian Saint Andrew’s Pipes and Drums is actively recruiting pipers and drummers now, both experienced and beginning! The Band promises excellent instruction at no charge and a friendly and supportive environment. The Band invites anyone interested to come and visit a rehearsal session at Saint Clare’s Episcopal Church in Blairsville in Blairsville on Saturday mornings beginning at 9:00am. Further information may be obtained by contacting P/M Richard Smith at 770-833-5411. According to Band President Dorothy Bugg, “Appalachian Saint Andrew’s ongoing objective is to perform the music of the pipes and drums whenever and wherever the occasion arises. In doing so, we honor our Celtic heritage and do our part in continuing centuries-long traditions.”

The Band is under the musical leadership of Pipe Major Richard Smith, with assistance by Pipe Sergeant Jon Dipert and Drum Sergeant Russell Stockton.

Senior Drum Major Don Bogue
The Senior Drum Major on Parade is Don Bogue of the Atholl Highlanders Pipes and Drums USA of Stone Mountain, GA. He joined the band in 1996 and led them in their performance at Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000 and in the Tunes of Glory Parade in New York City in 2002. He has been the Senior Drum Major on Parade for the Alabama Highland Games, the Loch Hartwell Highland Games and the Charleston Highland Games. He was a Division Drum Major in the Millennium Pipefest Parade in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2000 and in the Pipefest 2005 Parade in Edinburgh.

He is a retired Air Force command pilot who flew 279 B-52 combat missions over Vietnam and has served in Thailand, Guam, Japan, Australia, Greenland and the United Kingdom. He travels to England and Scotland every year.

 

Sam JohnsonSam Johnson has been described as a part-yesterday-part-today kind of man, a red-blooded, flag waving American, Christian, performer, traveler, kilted fly fisherman, talker, loyal friend, gentleman, do-gooder, mountain man.

He discovered his talent and love for bagpiping in 1998. It was musical legend Glen Campbell and the South Dakota Symphony playing a PBS fund raiser in 1998 that inspired his piping career. Since that time he has played solo stage performances with audiences of over 10,000, to small informal gatherings.

Each year he performs numerous weddings, funerals, corporate and social gatherings, parades, plays, sports and military events, church services, memorials, rocket launchings, and even Knights Templar convents. His pipe band career includes playing with the Appalachian St. Andrews Pipes & Drums, North Atlanta Pipes & Drums and Chattahoochee Celtic Pipes & Drums.

Currently Sam is taking a sabbatical from his pipe band responsibilities as he tends to the duties of his job as President of the Clan Gunn Society of North America. He plans to return to piping as soon as his two year term is up. He and his wife, Betty, have lived in Dahlonega for twenty one years. He is the general partner of the Graytrout Group, Inc., a twenty-four year old management consulting firm focusing on revenue generation schemes, management processes and negotiation management.

 

 

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