The band was formed in 1980 through the enthusiasm of the late Bill Baillie, an Occidental Oil Company employee on the Flotta Oil Terminal.
The membership initially came from the Flotta workforce and took the name Occidental Pipe Band, and then later the Claymore Pipe Band,
after one of the oilfields supplying Flotta.
In 2009 the ambition to compete as a full band was realised at Aberdeen and Pitlochry Games with a 5th and 2nd place respectively
in these open Grade 4 contests. In 2010 the band attended it's first ever Major Championship and achieved 2nd place at the Scottish
and narrowly missed out in a final spot at the Worlds. The band also gained the RBL Grade 4 Miniband and
Open Quartet Titles, as well as the Grade 4A title at Aberdeen Games which ultimately let to an upgrade to Grade 4A for the 2011
Since then the band has won a host of prizes including the RBL overall championships, North of Scotland Quartets and Miniband champions
in Grades 4 and 3.
Above, the Sinclair clan crest which was originally the band's cap badge before joining the RBL and adopting the national crest. The
crest has however been reintroduced for 2010 as the band's official kilt pin.
The band wears the Sinclair of Ulbster Tartan (by permission of the Earl of Caithness) with both Full Number 1 and Number 2 Dress.
The pipe corps play the new Tuned In
Pipe Chanter made by band member John Walker with the drum corps playing Andante Drums.
Previous Pipe Majors of the band have included:
and Kenny Peace.
Previous Drum Majors have included: Bill Baillie, Bob Copper, Jason Wilson, Gary Laing, Ewan Sinclair, Reanne Wylie,
and John McCaig.