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Monaghan Pipe Band

New York City's Premier Pipe Band

Grade 2 for 2002

Monmouth Highland Games, May 5th, 2001

Chartered by the Monaghan Men's Club in 1929, the Monaghan Pipe Band is one of the oldest pipe bands in the United States.

The band continues to thrive as it comes off its greatest year to date. The band won many honors in grade three, one of the highest grades offered in the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association. In route to winning the coveted title of Champion Supreme, the band won six first places and one second place in seven EUSPBA sanctioned contests. The band won the EUSPBA Championship title at the Colonial Highland Games and the Northeastern Championship title at the Capital District Games. Additionally, the band won the Celtic Classic Invitational and took additional prizes in Canada. As a result of this remarkable success, the band has been promoted to grade two for the 2002 season.

Monaghan won the honor of Best Pipe and Drum Band at New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade. The band has performed at Radio City Music Hall on the opening night of Riverdance, and as the musical guests on CBS' This Morning.

While named after a county in the Republic of Ireland, where many of its original members hail from, membership in the band is open to people of any ethnicity and religion. Members typically hail from the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

The musical leadership of the band has recently been assumed by Pipe Major John J. Wassman and Lead Drummer Gordon Bell, two of the nation's finest Celtic musicians. The band has a significant amount of young talent, as well as a number of established veteran players, all of which is guided by grade one leadership - the key to its current success, and the door to an even greater future.

For booking information, or for information on how to join the band, call band manager Dan Hamilton on the Monaghan Hotline at (516) 457-9797 or e-mail Dan at

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