Cross Creek Pipes and Drums
Cross Creek Pipes and Drums

History

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.  

1985 - 1st Band Performance, PM Bob Palmer - Robert Burns Dinner with the St. Andrew's Society of NC

Timeline

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 St. Andrew's Society of NC.

1986 - Spring - Fayetteville Dogwood Festival with new Carolina Tartan Kilts under PM Bob Palmer.

 

1986 Performance with PM Bob Palmer
1986

1990 - Fall - CCP&D - First Contest - Flora McDonald Highland Games 

1991 - Fall - 2nd in G5 - 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 Scottish Games - PM Bill Palmer

1993 - Upgraded to G4, but lost members and returned to G5.

1995 - Fall - 1st in G5 - CSG - PM Doug Elwell

1997 - Spring - 1st in G5 - SSG - PM Doug Elwell

2006 - New Modern Tartan of the Carolina's Kilts issued.

2017 - Fall - 2nd in G5 - Scotland Co Highland Games - PM Peter McArthur

2018 - Spring - 1st in G5 - Loch Norman Highland Games - PM Peter McArthur

2018 Loch Norman Highland Games

Pipe Majors of CCP&D

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

1989 Flora MacDonald HIghland Games
2017 Scotland County Highland Games
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