Celtic Cross Pipes & Drums Band History

Celtic Cross Pipes & Drums
is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the preservation of Scottish bagpiping and drumming through lessons, public performances, and competition


Morton Highlanders
The band was originally organized in 1963 with one piper and three students.  Under the name The Peoria Pipe Band, its original members practiced at the American Legion Post #2  facility on Monroe Street near Spalding High School in Peoria, Illinois. Tommy Livingstone, who had come from Dunblane, Scotland when in his early twenties, was the band's founding Pipe-Major.  Tommy started piping at age eight, and continued piping until his death at age 87.  He has been called "the father of piping in Central Illinois."  The band was, for several years, based in Morton, Illinois during which time it was known as The Morton Highlanders and wore the Royal Stewart tartan.  Continued growth of the band and a need for more room prompted a move in 1994 to St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Peoria. Soon after the move, the band changed its name to Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums and changed its tartan to Flower of Scotland.  Currently, due to growth in the band, we have piper coming to us from all around Central Illinois, and recently changed our rehearsal location to a place more central to everyone.  Beginning December 1, 2013, we began rehearsing at Goodfield Elementary School, and currently rehearse at Eureka Christian Church, Eureka, IL 

Wilbur Hoover






Band history provided courtesy of Glenn Sunderland.

Roster of Former Pipe-Majors:

Midwest Pipe Band Association Titles:

Tommy Livingstone
Phil Eskew
Wilbur Hoover
Donald Legge
Dr. Craig J Aune
Dr. Paul Siebert
Patrick Martin
Erick Engstrom Thronson
Willie Muirhead
Jon Blickenstaff
Kevin Nickerson
Ted Kerrn
Grade V Champion Supreme
    1993
    1994
    2014

Grade IV Champion Supreme
    1996
    1997
    1999

morton highlanders parade
Morton Highlanders 1969