HAMILTON CELTIC  PIPES AND DRUMS

 

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Audio heard~ "Amazing Grace"

Solo performance by Pipe Major Sara H. Kent dedicated to the memory of her mentor and friend,

Pipe and Drum Major Winifred "Winnie" E. Stanley

The Hamilton Celtic Pipes and Drums performs the verses following and also dedicates this performance to Winnie.


  

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Hamilton Celtic Pipes and Drums

was established in memory of

 

Pipe Major and Drum Major

 

Winifred E. Stanley

This page is dedicated to her memory...

1925-2006

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Winifred E. Stanley was born in London, England. At age 11, Winnie joined the ranks of the first girl pipe band,

the “Dagenham Girl Pipers.” The world famous pipers were much-admired in many of the countries in which

Winnie and her colleagues played. Their travels took them all over Europe, India, Ceylon, America (almost all

all of the States), and Canada. Winnie was first introduced to the United States at the young age of 14,

when the band played at the World’s Fair in New York in 1939 under the direction of Pipe Major, Edith Turnbull.

 

Pictured above is Winnie as the Drum Major of the band; she carries a 5 ½ foot, six pound mace, and is fully

clad in the uniform of the Dagenham Girl Pipers: the Royal Stewart plaid kilt and hose, and black velvet

tunic with white lace Jabot.

 

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Winnie was known to exhibit remarkable skill as the Drum Major, tossing her mace higher than ten feet  into

the air. All of the girls in the band were required to learn piping, drumming, dancing and marching but Winnie’s competence with the mace developed to such a degree that in 1952 she was selected with 9 other members of the band to perform on New York’s Broadway. They opened in Lou Walter’s Broadway Restaurant-Theatre, the “Latin Quarter” in Times Square, New York on November 9, 1952. This was only the beginning of a long venue for Winnie and her band that year, which carried them throughout the United States.

Pictured above: Winnie, known at that time as Winifred Pile, performing with immense

confidence in front of fascinated children.

 

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This Capital Record cover features the ten young women who were on tour in the United States.

 

Pictured front to back: Winifred E. Stanley, Margaret Walsh, Pat Edwards, June Manser,

Catherine Walsh, Rita Easteal, Particia Barron, Gloria Floyd, and Janet Wiseman.

 

Winifred Stanley

 

Winnie served as the Dagenham Girl Pipers' Drum Major for 25 years, dedicating her talents with the band to raising funds for various organizations; as was the goal of the band's original founder. Along the way, Winnie was always willing to share her gifts. She became the instructor of many people in the areas of Reading, Lancaster and Pottstown, Pennsylvania. She taught piping, drumming and highland dancing to many students, who were inspired by her passion for the music and arts of the Celtic culture.

 

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Continuing in her vocation, Winnie formed the Cairngorm Pipe Band of Mt. Penn in 1983. Many of her students performed with her in this band. As Pipe Major she was able to shape their talents and lead her students through ten years of events including parades and many local functions.

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Winifred Stanley

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Annually, they performed at the Hamilton Bank in Reading, Pennsylvania on Christmas Eve. Pipe Sergeant Sally Kent is pictured 2nd from the left, with Pipe Major Winifred Stanley on the far left.

 

 

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Naturally, the band grew in numbers as shown above. Pipe Major Winifred Stanley is pictured far left in the first row and Pipe Sergeant Sally Kent 2nd from right.

 

 

 

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St. Patrick's Parade - Pottsville, PA
Cairngorm Pipe Band
March, 1988


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Ormiston House

Fairmont Park, Philadelphia

Christmas

When the Cairngorm Pipe Band disbanded in 1993, Winnie and her Pipe Sergeant Sara Hamilton Kent (one of Winnie's first students in America) got together to play for many local organizations. They found themselves asking...

 

"What shall we name ourselves?"

 

As fate would have it, Sally's family/clan/middle name is Hamilton and it is the tartan kilt she wears; Winnie worked for the Hamilton Bank of Reading! The name Hamilton definitely had to be part of this new act. They decided to call themselves The Hamilton Pipers.

Above photo: The cities of Philadelphia and Atlantic City were not excluded from their event schedule and the Piping hot duo found themselves at places such as the Sands, Resorts, and the Taj Mahal; in addition to several years piping Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of December for the Christmas events held at the Ormiston House.

 

 

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In addition to the service tours that Winnie performed with the Dagenham Girl Pipers, She also toured many countries as an officer in E.N.S.A. (Entertainments National Service Association.) E.N.S.A. was formed in the United Kingdom and was an organization that provided entertainment for the British Armed Forces Personnel during and following WWII. Winnie also served as a Captain in the Civil Air Patrol Auxiliary of the United States Air Force of Reading, Pennsylvania.

Each year a Memorial Day Service is organized and conducted by the American Legion Post #934 of Exeter Township, where Winnie lived. Exeter's American Legion honours her dedication and service, as well as the service of three other Exeter Township Veterans, with a wreath. Solemnly the band marches to the beat of a single drum following the Memorial Service to post their tribute by her resting place.

It is with honour that the band plays "Amazing Grace" for the extraordinary inspiration she had on many pipe band members. The band annually performs this musical tribute at the Forest Hills Memorial Park.

Pictured above are band members in 2007. From left to right: Richard Clark, Liz Cuzick, Sally Kent, Walt Hamilton, Ken Hollingsworth, Carol Sterner, Don Walls, Mike Schultz, Dan Braumbach, and Drew Limpus. Ada Rathensberger sits with the wreath; she remembers Winnie's ability to teach Scottish Dancing to her Girl Scouts.

The forever united, Hamilton Celtic Pipes and Drums will ensure that Winnie's memory, service and love for this music will live on for countless generations to come...

 

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Contributing to the Memorial Day service this year, 2008 and pictured from left to right, Back row: Bill, Keith, Casey, Don, Charlie, Dan. middle row: Sally, Eileen, Walt, Mike, Liz, Dick, Rich, Drew, Joe Front row: Matt, Jake, Paul, Eileen, Mary.

   

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