We are proud to preserve the tradition of the West Virginia Highlanders of Davis & Elkins College for our state, community, students and guests
Official Affiliation with Davis & Elkins College
In 1990, the Highlanders began carrying a banner with their new affiliation and name – the West Virginia Highlanders of Davis & Elkins College. The band now represents the community and the College at various public events, and performs at multiple College functions, including commencement, Founders’ Day and other special events. The band has performed in all 50 states and marched in the National Independence Day Parade on historic Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C.
The colorful history of the West Virginia Highlanders formed in October 1947 in the imagination of three civic-minded men, all members of the American Legion. Rallying support among the membership for the establishment of a bagpipe band were the late Cyrus S. Kump, and Elkins attorney, the late Dr. Benjamin I. golden, an Elkins surgeon, an David Dare Brown, III ’37, now a resident of Keyser. Brown was the the only individual in the area trained in the distinctive techniques of the Scottish pipes and drums. Thus, he was key to the successful formation of the organization, and during a six-month period, he patiently shared his knowledge with a small group of would-be musicians. After extensive research into Scottish folklore and clan history, the organization and adopted the tartan of the MacLeod of Lewis clan, whose history is rooted in the Isle of Skye off the west coast of northern Scotland. Official permission to use the tartan came from Dame Flora MacLeod C.B.E., 28th chief of the clan. The band would quickly establish credibility throughout the state and nation, and gradually developed into a first rate musical organization.
Contact the West Virginia Highlanders of Davis & Elkins College
The West Virginia Highlanders of Davis & Elkins College perform at various College events, along with regional and national parades. Call Matt Fair at 304-704-1918 for requests.