Our Band Assistants


The Band simply couldnt function without our team of band assistants ! While the musicians make all the noise, behind the scenes is a fabulous team of volunteers working tirelessly to make it possible

Their roles are many and vaired, depending on what the band are up to.

At practices they scuttle about in the kitchen, keeping the tea flowing and making breakfast and lunch. They also serve who only stand and washup!

On march days they act as the band stewards – keeping the band safe, carrying whatever is needed, rattling collection buckets and generally making sure all the players have to think about is making beautiful music.

But that’s the tip of the iceberg!  Somebody has to raise funds to keep us marching on the road to independence. Somebody has to drive the van to get all the kit to the right place. Somebody has to arrange, order and process all merchandise orders. There’s the PR, logistics, accounts, bookings, somebody even has to maintain this website !




George Kempik

Band Co-Founder / Chairman


George was born in Lochgelly in Fife, in a place called The Happyland, a miners row, to a Polish father and Scottish mother. His mum was a Craig so that’s the tartan he wears.

After the death of his father in 1969 the family moved to West Lothian. George has lived in Whitburn for most of his life where he married the lovely Elaine and had three children – they now also have 5 grandchildren.

George is a  self employed Joiner and has been a very keen supporter of Scottish Independence, really forever. He is credited with setting up the first big Freedom Convoys before the 2014 independence referendum. You’ve probably seen him in the now famous Saltire suit at the various independence events we all attend !

When he’s not organising the band he is heavily involved with other causes close to his heart. He is  the current secretary of the Society Of William Wallace and deeply involved in the campaign to stop houses being built on Culloden Battlefield.

George, along with Jim Edwards and Derek Campbell created the band out of nothing. The band was an idea built on frustration, that organisers seemed to struggle to get pipe bands to turn up for their events. That struggle is over, thanks to a lot of like minded individuals.


Jim Edwards

Band Co-Founder / Band Manager 

Jim is 53 and lives in Hamilton

Along with George and Derek Jim started the band.

He is now our band manager.




Julie Murray

Lead Band Assistant 

English by birth but Scottish by choice, Julie is the proud mum of 2 of our players. Although unable to carry a tune in a bucket, if she has to be around the band to keep an eye on the kids, she might as well make herself  useful !

She moved to Scotland in 2003 to live in Sutherland with her Scottish husband, where she now runs the family business.

She is passionate about an Independent Scotland so her kids can enjoy the same rights she did – free university education, the freedom to live and work anywhere they choose in Europe, an NHS free at the point of need . She wants Scotlands voice to be heard




Catherine Rolland

Band Assistant 

Cath is from the Kingdom of Fife

Despite being the daughter of a piping mum she claims not to be musically talented, but is using her other talents to help the band in any way she can. She recently retired from the civil service (dont  ask …. or mention the word WASPI in her prescence).

An ardent nationalist and patriot she campaigns tirelessly for Scottish Independence.


Margaret Purves

Band Assistant

Margaret is a proud Fifer – born and bred.

She comes from a nursing background and worked with the elderly for 40 years, as a nurse. Before she retired she was a  Sheltered Housing Manager and managed a care home for Social Work.

Margaret has been a Medium for 25 years working all over in various Spiritualist Church’s. Along with her husband Dave she runs a Spiritualist Church in Markinch Fife. They both enjoy meeting people and providing a service to the community.

She decided to join the Saor Alba Band Assistants , as her husband Dave is our lead bass drummer and was always disappearing to band practice ! It was  a case of if you can’t beat them join them.



Heather Paton

Band Assistant

Heather is in her forties and has lived in North Lanarkshire all her life. She  was dragged into helping the band by a friend.

When she’s not sporting the blue hi-vis jacket she volunteers for an arts therapy group.

Heather has been involved in the grassroots of the Independence movement since 2014 when she joined the Freedom Convoy group.

She supports Independence for Scotland as she wants a better future for both the present and future generations.





Martin McMahon

Band Assistant

Martin was born in North Lanarkshire. His love for Scotland was introduced to him by his loving Mum and dad and the sounds of Sidney Devine singing Scotland forever on an old 45 record.

He has been a rebellious Sovereign Scot since 1979, after finding out 51% was not enough to win Scottish Independence from Westminster

He still lives in North Lanarkshire now a father of two, and has worked for Royal mail for over 30 years.

A keen hill walker who was approaching his 100th Munro when the independence referendum of 2014 paused the Munro count for now.

Martin  was involved in the Freedom Convoy Group before the referendum in 2014 and is still running the original Freedom Convoy plus its newer sister groups Freedom Convieecamp and Freedom convoy media channel. As the Freedom Convoy Group got more and more involved with the band, helping transport band equipment etc. he became a band assistant too.

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