Bagpipers from the Riverview High School Kiltie Marching Band and Sarasota Military Academy plus the SMA Color Guard will perform at the opening ceremonies on Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 2-5:00pm. The pipers are a tribute to the importance of the Scottish community in the development of lawn bowling as a local and world sport.
A bagpiper from local Scottish organizations plays Amazing Grace each Sunday at sunset in Bayfront Park near the Dolphin fountain. This community activity is independent of the US Open tournament. The Piper in the Park program pays tribute to the landing of the Scots in Sarasota and their founding of the city in 1885.
Members of Blue Skye Pipes and Drums, the only all-female pipe band in the United States, are shown playing at the park. Blue Skye incorporates many Celtic instruments, such as bagpipes, harp, fiddle, and guitar into its performances. William Wallace, a recipient of 2012 National Tartan Day Award, holds the Scottish flag. (Photo courtesy of Chuck Donohue / LCD Photography)
Recently, the Sahib Temple Pipes & Drums Band were guest pipers.
Robert Howard, President of the Caledonian Club of Florida West, holds the flag of Scotland at one of the Piper in the Park events. The Caledonian Club of Florida West is a sponsor of both the Piper in the Park program and Bowls USA 2016 US Open.
Dan Jittu of the Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club, Piper Rob Thierfelder of the Caledonian Club, & the staff of the Chidley Library pose for an after-party photo for the Historical Bowls Exhibit & Cocktail Party.
Robert Howard President, & Rob Thierfelder Piper of the Caledonian Club of Florida West at the Chidley Library party for US Open Lawn Bowling guests