Taggart Pipes & Drums was organized in 1990 by George W. Martin and Kimberly Fair. Their goal was to gather the talents of pipers and drummers of those searching for an organization where they could enhance their skills. Taggart P&D offered such an avenue. It is also a place where corps members feel at home.
George was trained under the auspices of Henry Boyd who at the time was Pipe Major of the First Highland Watch of Pennsylvania. First Highland Watch of Pennsylvania was a break off from the Royal Ulster Pipes and Drums of Philadelphia. George is also the co-founder of Scotch on the Rocks, a mini pipe band located in Deep River, Connecticut. Kimberly Fair was a bagpiper who trained under the late Malcolm (Mac) MacDonald, Pipe Major and co-founder of Gaelic Highland Pipe Band of New Haven. Kim no longer plays with the band but continues to support Taggarts wholeheartedly.
Over the past 21 years, George has assisted numerous pipes in sharpening their bagpiping skills. The band has played in many parades, local concerts and festivals. The band is always looking for new members for Color Guard as well as musicians.
At the center of Taggart Pipes & Drums are the members of Scotch on the Rocks (SOTR). Scotch on the Rocks was formed as mini pipe band and became known as an extremely talented group of musicians. The interest in joining SOTR became strong but since SOTR was formed as a mini pipe band, those interested in joining were referred to Taggarts. Since then, when SOTR has booked events, those members of Taggarts who are available, have been given the option of participating in SOTR.