The Llariegu Pipe Band was created in 1996 by a group of people involved in several traditional schools from the central zone of Asturies, in order to spread asturian music and tradition throughout the world.
Since its early beginnings, the Band has been suffering a continuous evolution until reaching its current status. Nowadays it’s considered to be one of the best pipe bands from Asturies.
Llariegu officially begins its activity the 15th of August, 1996 in Faro (Uviéu). Initially composed by 15 members, it used C-tuned asturian bagpipes and traditional asturian drums. All songs were traditional compositions with a low grade of complexity.
In 1997 the Band begins to evolve both in the structural and the musical points of view. New members are incorporated after an exhaustive training and the drums are changed first to medium-tension snare drums and later on to high-Tension snare drums. Is in this year when the Band starts to play in relevant events like the Ascensión Pipeband Festival in Uviéu, Asturies, and the International Folk Festival from Corrópoli in Italy.
Although more than 40 musicians have been part of the band, the Llariegu Pipe Band is currently composed by 18 members.
The Band Director is Pablo Pérez, who is also teacher in the Aula de Música Tradicional Llariegu, and Arsenio Ruiz is currently leading the drums section and also teaching in said school.
Llariegu Pipe Band’s repertoire is composed not only by asturian traditional songs but also by own compositions and traditional tunes from Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, Galicia and the Basque Country. All the costumes are traditional from Asturies.
Among the performances made out of Asturies these may be mentioned: The International Festival from Corrópoli, Italy; the St. Nazaire tour, in Brittany; the 1st Interceltic Festival from Bruxelles, in Belgium; the 2nd phase from the XIth Pipe Band League from Galicia; the Festival de le Danse Bretonne de Guingamp, in Brittany; and the Festival Interceltic du Lorient, 2002, 2010 and 2013, also in Brittany.
In Asturies, Llariegu Pipe Band has participated in events such as the Ascensión Fair from Uviéu, the Cider Festival from Nava, the America’s day in Asturies, the Prince of Asturies Awards, the Interceltic Festival from the Cider Region, the International Folk Festival from Xixón, the Pipe Band Festival from Candás, the Los Humanitarios de San Martín day in Morea d’Ayer, the Celtic Night of Xedré and the Interceltic Festival from Avilés.
Best Asturian Pipe Band, also being awarded with the Best Style award
Best Asturian Pipe Band and Best Percussion Corps awards
2nd position in III National Asturian Pipe Band Championship and Best Percussion Corps
Guinness International Percussion Award, Festival Interceltique du Lorient with Banda Gaites Noega
Asturian Folk Defense award, "Asociación Amigos del Paisaje de Villaviciosa Cubera"
2nd position in Percussion Contest, XXV International Pipeband Festival "Villa de Candás"