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History of Colorado Youth Pipe Band

The Colorado Youth Pipe Band (CYPB) was started in 1989 by bagpiper, Neil Gillette (and others). Jamie Cuthill (current CYPB director and one of the original band members) remembers “when the band first started, there were two snare drummers, one tenor drummer, a bass drummer and four bagpipers. None of us came to the band with any experience.” The band soon began competing and performing around Colorado. The band’s first competition was in Canon City where it received a 2nd place! Neil directed the band for 13 years and took it to competitions beyond Colorado - from California to North Carolina and to the 2000 World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. 


Neil handed the band over to current director, Jamie Cuthill, in 2002. Since that time, the band has continued to perform and compete – including additional trips to Scotland in 2007 and 2013. Over the years, the Colorado Youth Pipe Band has trained dozens of pipers, drummers and Highland dancers and performed hundreds of times. It is currently the longest running pipe band in the Denver area. 

The Colorado Youth Pipe Band bagpipers and drummers proudly wear the Hamilton Hunting Modern Tartan for all performances and competitions. 

Colorado Youth Pipe Band in North Berwick 2007
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