About

 

The White Spot Pipe Band and Highland Dancers is a youth pipe band that has been in continuous operation since 1956.  Originally formed by Don Bellamy as the Optimist Junior Pipe Band, the name was changed in 1963 to reflect the generous sponsorship and patronage of Nat Bailey and his White Spot Restaurants.  For almost 50 years the organization has provided instruction and encouragement to more than 500 young people.  The band currently has a membership of about 65 youth between the ages of 5-18 at two different levels; beginner chanter & drum-pad and Grade 4 senior Pipe Band, as well as highland dancers.  Some of the current instructors are former students.

In addition to being dedicated to the musical development of youth, the White Spot Pipe Band has always emphasized a commitment to community, personal growth and development, and the preservation of Scottish heritage.  In order to underscore community responsibility, the band performs in numerous local events such as Canada Day, Remembrance Day, Sunshine Foundation for kids, and the Cops for Cancer relay. Over the years the band has traveled extensively throughout North America making several feature appearances at the Calgary Stampede and Parade and performing at three World Expositions; Expo ‘62 in Seattle, Expo ’67 in Montreal and Expo ‘86 in Vancouver.  White Spot was privileged to be the first pipe band to play at the ‘Arizona’ Memorial in Hawaii.  In 2012 the band travelled to Beijing, China to participate in the Beijing International Tourist Festival.

The organization promotes both team building and individual growth, urging children to compete in both individual and in band competitions.  For the past 8 years the White Spot Pipe Band has earned the title of "Grade 4, Pacific Northwest Pipe Band Champions" 7 times. In 2005 as a fundraiser, the Band produced its first CD which was a proud culmination of those achievements and the dedication of the students, instructors and families. Proudly wearing the BC Centennial tartan, the Band traveled has traveled to Scotland to compete in the World Pipe Band Championships 3 times; 2005, 2008 and 2011.

In August of 2011 White Spot Pipe Band placed 2nd at the Bridge of Allan band competition, near Stirling, and then a few days later, placed 5th in the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.
 

There are three things that are important to the White Spot Pipe Band:

  • Travelling to Places -- Travelling to various parts of the country and abroad provides band members with life skills such as learning to work and play together both as a team and independently.

  • Competition Band -- Competing in Highland Games throughout the Pacific Northwest develops and enhances the playing and dancing skills of the Band Members.

  • Performances -- To be a well known Pipe Band by doing public and private performances is one of the key goals of the Band.

WSPB Highland Dancers

The White Spot Pipe Band Organization is unique as it has a Highland Dance Team that performs at events and functions and competes at highland games along side the Pipe Band.

Dancers of any level are welcome. No previous dance experience is necessary, classes range from beginner to Premier category.