15th of November 1978 - Muirhead & Sons Pipe Band officially disbands


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On the 15th of November 1978 - Muirhead & Sons Pipe Band officially disbands on their 50th anniversary, 1978


Muirhead and Sons Pipe Band, founded in 1928, was a pipe band based in Grangemouth, Scotland. The band was named after, and affiliated with, the company Muirhead & Sons, a sawmill based in Grangemouth and founded by George A. Muirhead in the 1880s

The band was highly successful, and started competing in 1932; The band won the World Pipe Band Championships a total of eight times.

Under the leadership of Pipe Major Jackie Smith in 1955, 1956 and 1961

Under Robert G. Hardie the band won the World Championships in 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969

This total has been surpassed only by Strathclyde Police, Shotts and Dykehead, and Field Marshal Montgomery pipe bands who held the title twenty-one, fifteen, and thirteen times respectively, and equalled by the Clan MacRae Society Pipe Band which also won eight times.
The disbandment of Muirhead & Sons Pipe Band on their 50th anniversary in 1978 marked the end of an era in the world of music. Their legacy, spanning five decades, undoubtedly left an indelible mark on the rich history of pipe bands, showcasing their talent and dedication to the craft.
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