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Thurso Pipe Band Returned From New York After A Packed Schedule For Tartan Week
The Thurso Pipe band arrived back on Tuesday night after a hectic 5 days in New York to take part in the cities Tartan week celebrations.  As well a playing at the parade the band played at the pre parade Ceilidh held by the New York Caledonian Society and at Times Square.  Band secretary David Manson said "There were many highlights of the trip with us being filmed in Times Square, Playing for the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, playing down 6th Avenue, trips to the statue of Liberty and the New York Empire State Building as well as some lighter moments of the trip with pipers Bryan More and Graham Fryer doing a Marlyn Munro over a ventilation grating in the middle of Times Square and Bryan playing jingle bells on the pipes to a packed bar while they sang along". David added "the band, partners and friends really worked hard over the 5 days with us playing at a variety of venues at short notice, we can be very proud of ourselves as we put on a good show in the Big Apple"

A full report of the trip will be on the bands website shortly.

Band Instruments Badly Damaged In Transit
The band had a couple of hiccups with one set of pipes going missing for 4 days, and when they finally got them they were damaged and when they flew into Aberdeen the bass drum and mace had not arrived with the rest of the luggage, when we finally got them the bass drum was totally wrecked.   Looks like the band will be back on the fund raising trail to repair or purchase some new kit.