Band History



The St. Andrew’s Pipe Band of Miami, was formed in 1964 by Jack Sutherland as Pipe Major assisted by Luke Daniels as Pipe Sergeant, adopting the MacKenzie tartan for their kilts. Jack had played for many years with the Miami Scottish Bagpipe Band, the only Band to play at the first Grandfather Mountain Games.


Although the Band is Scottish by association, most of the members are not Scottish. They just love the pipes and drums.


 The Band has played, and continues to play, in many annual parades and events, including the Orange Bowl, Macy’s, St. Patrick's Day, and Fantasy Fest in Key West, including an event at which Prince Edward was the honored guest. Other events include the Donn Handicap at Gulfstream, Veterans' and Memorial Days, Police Memorials, the christening of many cruise ships, at a concert in Vero Beach and the fall festival at Greenport, Long Island.  Band member have also played in the islands of the Caribbean and several Latin American countries.


The Band has participated in the Key Biscayne 4th of July Parade for over 40 years and has competed at Scottish Highland  Games  around  the State, in particular at the annual S. E. Florida Scottish Festival and Games, now in its 35th year.


The Band is currently led by Pipe Major Nigel MacDonald, assisted by Pipe Sergeant Robert Ritchie and Drum Sergeant Betty Rogers.