The City of Mt Dora is known for its support of varied cultural events throughout the year that are supported by citizens and visitors alike. Mt Dora has embraced the Scottish/Celtic culture with several events including their now annual Scottish Highland Festival, Burn’s Night, Kirkings and golf tournament. Additionally, they are a sister city with the city of Forres Scotland and actively support the cultural exchange between the two cities and their citizens.
The Pipes & Drums of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office is an established bagpipe and drum band who performed at the Mt Dora Scottish Festival in 2016. Inspired by the support of the city of Mt Dora at this event, they began discussions with the city to explore the idea of a partnership and the formation of a new band identity.
There began a common interest to create a lasting legacy that will serve the citizens of Mt Dora and promote the Scottish/Celtic community for years to come.
In June of 2017, the formation of a City of Mt Dora Pipe Band was agreed upon, the recruitment of band members began and the first official band rehearsal was held on Monday July 7th. Since that time the band roster has grown to include members from Mt Dora and from around Central Florida. The band’s first official performance was at the 2017 Mt Dora Scottish Festival followed by several other performances in Mt Dora and Central Florida.
The City of Mt Dora Pipe Band is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. More specifically, the CMDPB is a performance and entertainment bagpipe band, a teaching organization and a cultural group. We are a community based band and promote Celtic culture through music. Our goal is to encourage and support the Celtic culture in our community by providing instruction to anyone interested in learning the Great Highland Bagpipes and Drums. Lessons are provided free of charge to anyone willing to commit the time and self-discipline to learn.