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The South Park & District Pipes & Drums was established in 1998 by a group of piping & drumming friends who had a desire to perform in the Belmar, NJ St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  The band was assigned to lead The Women of Irish Heritage of the Jersey Shore that year, and is proud to have led them in the Belmar parade every year since.  After the 2003 parade season, the band decided to form up as a full-time pipe band, and began holding weekly practices at the South Orange, NJ Elks Club.

In addition to the Belmar St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the band’s parade schedule includes participation in various parades in the New York / New Jersey metropolitan area.  In 2004, the band became active in the bagpipe band competition circuit.  Competing in EUSPBA-sanctioned contests primarily in the northeastern United States, South Park & District was ranked 6th overall for 2004 and was the number one band in grade 5 in the Metro Branch.  Prizes included a first place finish at the Bonnie Brae Scottish Games in Liberty Corner, NJ.  Not bad for a first year!  This remarkable first step is a tribute to the desire and hard work of the band’s members.  In 2006, the band finished first in 2 contests in a row:  the NJ Irish Feis in Holmdel, and the Rockland County Irish Feis at Stoney Point, NY, and finished the competition season in 3rd place overall, out of 125 bands!  South Park was promoted to Grade 4 by the EUSPBA for the 2007 season.

The name, “South Park and District” is derived from the two towns in northern New Jersey that are important to the band:  South Orange, where the band rehearses, and Park Ridge, where the band holds it’s business address.  Rehearsals are on Thursday nights at the South Orange Elks Club, 220 Prospect Street, South Orange beginning at 7:30 PM.

For booking inquiries, please call Brian Monteverdi, band manager, at 201-259-7984.

Brian Monteverdi – Manager

Bill McEvoy – Pipe Major                   Senator Pat Dodd – Drum Major Emeritus (1938 - 2010)

Bill Cotter – Pipe Sergeant                 Andy Dickson – Drum Sergeant

Paul O’Sullivan – Pipe Corporal         Kevin Teevan – Drum Corporal

 

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