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black skull corps of fife & drum
- Me, Myself, and I
- This is a brief history of the black skulls formation up to the present day.
The band was formed in the southside of Glasgow in October 1980, going by the name of the crown defenders, by the present bandmaster and some present band members.
When the band was formed there were only two members who could play instruments, the bandmaster and the band corporal, all the rest of the new found members were young local boys and girls with no experience of any kind who had never held a flute or drum never mind played one. With no money or instruments the task to get theses kids instruments and teach them to play them was underway. With a lot of hard work and dedication and very hard fundraising it wasn't long before everyone had an instrument, playing them was a different matter. All the members playing flutes were taught the flute using a simple ABC method. The Drummers were taught the basic rudiments but had to learn to play tunes by ear as there was no simple music of any form for them. After 4 to 5 months things started to progress, the band was play simple selections. In May of 1981 the band had taken its first engagement with Finlay Drive District, sadly no longer there. The bands highlight of their first year was the engagement they took in Sandyrow N/Ireland for the 12th July celebrations.
After the season's engagements had finished the band started to raise funds again for new uniforms for the next year's engagements. In September of 1981 the band had changed its name to black skull, laughed about at the time, but has never looked back since, and the rest is history as they say.
The most asked question about the band is were does the name come from.
Back in July of '81 the band had painted an emblem on its bass drum as most bands did at the time, it just happened to be a skull painted black wearing a bandsman's hat and a cigarette hanging from its mouth ( now that's another story ). At the 1981 Glasgow main demonstration a band called the Orange & Blue from Ulster came over to take part in the parade. Our bandmaster got talking to some of the members from the band and asked what part of Ulster they come from. when he was told they came from a village called blackscull (spelt with a C and not a K as we do) he thought they were pulling his leg as our bass drum had just been painted with the new emblem on it ( a black skull wearing a balmoral ). After a bit of research about the village and some deliberation the band adopted the name of BLACK SKULL. And that's how the name came about.
In 1983 the band by now was firmly known by its new name and had raised money once again to purchase new uniforms, flutes & drums, and create a new era in the band scene. Nowadays most bands take it for granted about buying a new uniform, but back in 83” bands of our standing didn't have uniforms like the bands of today so when black skull appeared with theses new uniforms, new personalised drums and a different style of music
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