Greater Scranton Black Diamonds Pipe Band

History/Background


The Greater Scranton Black Diamonds Pipe Band was formed in May 1995. Originally, it consisted of five members. It has grown in numbers and talent since that time, with numbers reaching as high as 30 band members in recent years. In addition, there are always students learning to play the pipes and drums in preparation for becoming full band members.

Most band members live in the Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Greater Scranton area. It is a volunteer unit, and has members that range in age from teenagers to senior citizens and who come from diverse backgrounds.

The band performs at numerous annual events. It attends St. Patrick’s Day Parades in Pittston PA, Scranton PA, Wilkes-Barre PA, and Stroudsburg PA, and the annual Armed Forces Day Parade in Scranton in May. The band has participated in the Washington DC, Memorial Day Parade, the Harrisburg PA St Pat's parade, and has performed multiple times at the West Point Military Tattoo. The band also performs at numerous volunteer fire company parades throughout the area during the summer months.