The Members

Over 300 members past and present have devoted time, energy and sociability to the Band since 1947. Every organisation needs its leaders and administrators. The Band Officials from 1948 to the present day are listed below:
Pipe Major Leading Drummer Drum Major
D.C.Duncan 1947 - 1976 J.K.MacDonald 1976 - 1989 I.Dallas 1989 - 1991 R.Stewart 1992 S.Rhynas 1993 - 1994 A.Elrick 1995 - 1998 S.Rhynas 1998 - 2002 N.Selbie 2002 - 2005 R.Stewart 2006 - 2010 N.Selbie 2011 - present W.Oliphant 1948 J.Sutherland 1949 - 1951 G.Jelly 1952 J.Sutherland 1953 - 1954 A.Fraser 1955 A.Fraser/E.S.Willox 1956 E.S.Willox 1957 - 1965 J.McEwan 1966 D.Brown Snr 1967 - 1973 R.Forman 1974 - 1975 R.McDonald 1976 - 1981 G.Diack 1982 - 1984 S.Morrison 1985 - 1986 D.Brown Jnr 1987 - 2008 S.Niven 2008 - 2010 N.Gibson 2011 - 2012 M.Haggart 2012 - 2103 S.Lipp 2013 - 2015 J. Fleming 2016 D. Richardson 2017 - Present W.Skinner 1954 - 1991 G.Ross 1991 - 2012 C.Hall Jnr.2008 - 2012 A.MacDonald 2012 - 2014
President Treasurer Secretary
J.P.McDonald 1948 - 1950 A.Black 1951 W.Maitland 1952 - 1956 W.Andrews 1957 - 1960 E.S.Willox 1961 - 1963 A.Black 1964 - 1975 R.Forrest 1976 - 1984 D.Ogston 1985 - 1988 G.Gauld 1989 - 1998 D.Welsh 1999 - 2000 A.Stott 2000 - 2001 C.Walker 2001 - 2004 K.Mann 2005 - 2006 A.McAskill 2006 - present W.Maitland 1948 - 1950 D.Cruickshank 1951 - 1957 W.Skinner 1958 - 1974 W.Cheyne 1975 W.Robertson 1976 - 1977 F.Philip 1978 G.Beattie 1979 G.Beattie/A.Philip 1980 - 1988 I.Grieve/D.Welsh 1989 - 1998 I.Grieve/I.MacDonald 1998 - 2001 R.Niven/I.MacDonald 2001 - 2005 L.Niven 2006 - 2014 F.McKay 2014-2016 K. Milne 2017 - Present S.Robertson 1948 J.McDougall 1949 - 1951 G.MacLeod 1952 - 1953 D.Cruickshank 1954 - 1956 E.S.Willox 1957 - 1960 W.Skinner 1961 R.Forrest 1962 - 1967 E.Ross 1968 D.Brown Snr 1969 - 1970 D.Brown Snr/I.Murphy 1971 I.Murphy 1972 - 1982 A.Elrick Snr 1983 - 1985 H.Dallas 1986 - 2007 R.Ellis 2008 - 2014 F.Gauld 2014 - 2016 P. Watt 2017 - Present

The first Bucksburn & District Pipe Band

 It is remarkable that the Band had just two Pipe Majors - the key post in the organisation - between 1947 and 1989. The Band recognises firstly the immense contribution of Pipe Major David Duncan whose enthusiasm over nearly thirty unstinting years of service set high standards which the band strives to maintain. Following Davey's retiral, Jim MacDonald gave a highly commendable twenty years of service - thirteen of which as Pipe Major. Bucksburn & District Pipe Band, 1951

Bucksburn & District Pipe Band in new uniform, 1951 P/M D.C. Duncan is behind the bass drum

Following his retiral from the Band, Jim MacDonald donated a trophy in February 1991 - The Jim MacDonald Trophy - to be awarded at the end of each season to the Junior Band member who demonstrated the most in terms of progressing their playing and helping those around them. The first recipient of that trophy was Drummer Mark Thomson. PM D Duncan and DM Gordon JellyAlthough around for only a short time as a member, D/M Gordon Jelly (pictured with P/M D.C. Duncan) had a lasting influence on the standard of drumming in the Band. Gordon, originally from Motherwell, started his life-long drumming career as a twelve year old in the Boys' Brigade. He tutored a great many drummers including the legendary Alex Duthart and eventually became Drum Major with Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia in 1948 when the Bucksburn Band was getting established. The first practical help Gordon gave to the Band was his personal involvement in selecting new drums. In 1950 he was persuaded by Pipe Major Duncan to tutor the drum corps on a part-time basis. This involved him travelling to Aberdeen by train on a Sunday and spending the whole day with the corp. Eventually Gordon joined the Band for a season before emigrating to Australia in 1952 where he died on 12 February 1997. The Band is proud to have had an association with such a great drumming talent. The professionalism and efficiency of Bill Skinner as Drum Major and Treasurer for thirty eight years and seventeen years respectively is also worthy of note. Another member with an astonishing record of service too is former Side AND Tenor Drummer and Leading Stroke Roddy McDonald, having thirty-two continuous years with the Band, during which he showed an enduring commitment not only to his own appearance in the band, but to those around him as he strove to pass his knowledge onto the juniors. Lillian Nicholson and Joker Watt at Aboyne GamesThe Band has never been lacking in real characters - individuals who have brought good humour and levity to proceedings. Right back at the beginning the Band enjoyed the wit of P/M George Cruickshank and the antics of Piper Stevie Brown and Bass Drummer Jim Massie. From the mid 1960's through to the early 1980's the Band relished Joker Watt's repartee. The different side too of Joker was his impeccable appearance in Band uniform and his willingness to promote and encourage neatness amongst his fellow members. Other members who have always had a good craic are piper Michael Brown and drummer Graeme Beattie, and Ian 'Jabba' Alexander and Michael Brown (drummer), with both Batman and the Panto Horse making appearances on trips to N.Ireland. And what of the Boxy Girls? The Band had to wait nearly forty years before recruiting its first female playing member - Piper Lillian Nicolson - in 1984 which may be put down to its male-dominated military origins. While female members were late in appearing in a Bucksburn Band uniform, the notion of a band for men and boys quickly disappeared and as many women as men make up the band.