Cross Creek Pipes & Drums was established in 1984 in Fayetteville, NC, by Bob Palmer, a piping enthusiast and immigrant from the United Kingdom. In a 1983 Fayetteville Observer article about piping in the Cape Fear region, he commented that it would be wonderful for Fayetteville to have its own pipe band. Bolstered by a dozen responses to the article's invitation, Bob Palmer mustered people, funding, and the materials necessary to bring a pipe band into existence.
Cross Creek Pipes and Drums became a non-profit group in 1985 and in the process a name was chosen to highlight the historic significance of Scottish culture to the region. "Cross Creek" comes from the name of a trading community on the upper Cape Fear River, founded around 1760, which was the commercial heart of the largest settlement of Highland Scots in the 18th century.
1984 - Spring - Bob Palmer gathers interested folks and gives piping instruction
1984 - Fall - Bob Palmer applies for CCP&D to be a non-profit organization
1985 - Winter - 1st Band Performance - Robert Burns Dinner with the Andrew's Society.
1986 - Spring - Fayetteville Dogwood Festival with new Carolina Tartan Kilts under PM Bob Palmer.
1990 - Fall - CCP&D - First Contest - Flora McDonald Highland Games
1991 - Fall - 2nd in Grade 5 - FMHG - PM Dan Chisholm
1992 - Spring - 1st in G5 - Savannah Scottish Games - PM Bill Palmer
1992 - Summer - 1st in G5 - Virginia Scottish Games - PM Bill Palmer
1992 - Fall - 1st in G5 - Charleston Scottigh Games - PM Bill Palmer
1993 - Upgraded to G4, but lost members and returned to G5.
1995 - Fall - 1st in G5 - Charleston Scottish Games - PM Doug Elwell
1997 - Spring - 1st in G5 - Savannah Scottish Games - PM Doug Elwell
Bob Palmer - Jan 1984 - Nov - 1988
Bill Palmer - Nov 1988 - May 22, 1990
Bill Reid - May 22, 1990 - Nov 1990
Daniel Chisholm Nov 1990 - Nov 1991
Bill Palmer - Nov 1991 - Oct 17, 1992
Doug Elwell - Oct 17, 1992 - Dec 5, 1992
Kirk Rose - Dec 5, 1992 - Nov 30, 1993
Bob Palmer - Dec 1993 - Dec 1994
Doug Elwell - Dec 1994 - Dec 2006
Peter McArthur - Dec 2006 - Present