Celtic Tradition, Contemporary Learning

The Scotia-Glenville Pipe Band was founded in 1991, named for the village and town in upstate New York in which it originated and giving a nod to the Scottish ancestry of Scotia’s founder, Alexander Lindsay Glen.

Born in Scotland in 1605, Alexander Lindsay Glen later fled to Holland because of religious persecution and eventually emigrated to New Netherland with early Dutch settlers. Glen, an agent of the Dutch West India Company, purchased land from the native Mohawk Indians on the north side of the Mohawk River across from Schenectady. He called his estate Scotia (Latin for Scotland). The home he built along the river in 1658 passed through several generations of the Glen and Sanders families and today is known as the Glen Sanders Mansion.

To highlight the area’s Scottish roots, the band adopted the Clan Lindsay tartan and the Lindsay crest. The crest features a swan and the motto Endure Forte, which means “endure bravely.”

In 2016, the band’s name was changed to the Capital District Youth Pipe Band. The new name better reflects the diverse geography of our band members as well as the organization’s unique focus on youth. Today’s band continues to honor their Scotia heritage. They still wear the Lindsay tartan and crest, and, in 2019, proudly adopted a new logo created by renowned pipe band logo designer, Kevin Wisehart, that features the Clan Lindsay swan.

The band has competed five times at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2007, they took third place in the Novice Juvenile grade; in 2009, third place in Juvenile; in 2012, first place in Novice Juvenile; in 2015, as a mixed-age band, they took sixth place in Grade 3A; and in 2019, they took first place (and best drum corps) in Novice Juvenile B. As two-time World Champions, the Capital District Youth Pipe Band is currently, without doubt the premier youth pipe band in the United States.

The Capital District Youth Pipe Band is a division of Scotia-Glenville Pipe Band, Inc., a non-profit corporation in the State of New York with 501c3 Tax-Exempt Status.
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