The 96th Highlanders Pipes and Drums Inc of Jamestown, New York, were established in 2001. The band is under the direction of Pipe Major Pamela Silver. The 96th Highlanders are proud to represent Jamestown, New York and Chautauqua County in all events we perform in through-out the year. Members of the band hail from Erie, Youngsville, and Warren, Pennsylvania, and from Dunkirk, Olean, Port Allegany, Bemus Point, Falconer, Frewsburg, Lakewood, Sherman and Jamestown, New York.
The band participates in numerous parades and concerts throughout the tri-county area, including Chautauqua and Cattaraugus County in New York and Erie and Warren County in Pennsylvania. The 96th Highlanders have competed at the highland games in Fort Erie, Canada, and at Edinboro and Ligonier, Pennsylvania. By special invitation only, the band performs at the Amherst Scottish Festival, Amherst, New York and at the Niagara Celtic Festival, Olcott, New York and in March 2009 performed as Guest Band at the 75th Tartan Ball at the Rainbow Gardens in Erie Pennsylvania. The band hosted the Jamestown Highland Tattoo in 2002 and 2003. It proudly hosts the annual Jamestown Regional Celtic Festival & Gathering of the Clans.
The 96th Highlanders are dedicated to helping the people of the community at the local and national levels. The band has raised funds through several of their performances to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina and for the families of fallen police officers, firemen and military personnel.