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About Crow Creek

Members

Crow Creek Pipes & Drums is one of Alaska's competition Pipe Bands. Because of this desire to become better pipers and drummers, there is a strong dedication to producing a technically accurate quality sound that covers all genres of Scottish Bagpipe music.

Associate Members are piping and drumming students as well as those interested in helping the band with performances and competitions. Once an Associate Member is able to play the current Band repertoire, he/she will be recommended by the Pipe Major to become a Performing Member.

Performing Members are pipers and drummers who are sufficiently proficient in the playing of bagpipes and drums to participate in ensemble performances with the Band.

The band is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of the Performing Members who elect the President, Secretary, Treasurer, Manager and Pipe Major.

Performances

Crow Creek Pipes and Drums enjoys the opportunity to share our music with our community. From parades, picnics, and charity runs to holiday commemorations, graduations and memorial services, our aim is to provide music that stirs and encourages those around us. While Anchorage is home, the band has performed throughout Alaska in communities such as Nome, Fairbanks, Kodiak, Seldovia, Kenai, Seward, Homer, Soldotna, Cordova, Palmer, Wasilla, and Talkeetna. As a non-profit educational organization, the Band also provides many reduced cost concerts for non-profit educational and charity organizations and events.

Instruction

Crow Creek Pipes and Drums values the opportunity to be able to provide piping and drumming instruction for those wanting to learn. Lessons are held on Saturdays at the First Congregational Church, 2610 E. Northern Lights Boulevard, Anchorage 99508. Due to Saturday band performances at varied times through the year, lessons times may alter. Have a look at the Band Calendar.

Piping and Drumming Lessons:  12:00pm to 1:00pm

Piping students are expected to purchase their own practice chanters and tutor book. Drumming students are expected to purchase their own sticks and drum pad.
Please click here if interested in lessons

History

Crow Creek Pipes and Drums was created in 1979 by a small group of pipers and drummers (Geoge Moerlein, Chris (Reamer) Moerlein, Chuck Burgin, Chris (Fisher) Walker who wanted to form a competition grade pipe band. This small group competed in quartets and solos and the group attracted more musicians following the 1981 Highland Games which coincided with Fur Rondy. In 1981, the band became a non-profit organization under the guidelines of the U. S. Internal Revenue Code. Initially, band members wore their personal kilts with their own tartans. Later, in order to compete in sanctioned games, they chose the Red Ramsay tartan for their kilts. This choice of tartan brought them to the attention of the Clan Ramsay Association of North America and in 1994 Clan Ramsay issued a certificate of honorary clan membership to the band.

Crow Creek entered its first "Outside" competition in 1991 at the Santa Rosa Scottish Games in California. As a Grade IV band, they placed 2nd. In 2001 the Band was briefly promoted to Grade III and placed 5th in Inverkeithing, Scotland and 18th at the Bridge of Alan. The Band has also competed over the years at the Pacific Northwest Highland Games in Enumclaw, Washington, the Yukon Celtic Festival and the Top of the World Highland Games in Dawson City, YT/Canada. Since the early 1990's, the band has developed a strong musical foundation under the leadership of Pipe Majors Joe Albrecht (1992-1994 and 1999-2011), Mike Webster (1995-1998), and Teddy Krogh (2011 - 2014). Currently the band is under the leadership of Ian White.

Photo Courtesy of Bob White
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