The roots of Herivvarda district Pipes and Drums lie in Heerewaarden. Yet this Pipe band (bagpipe) has grown beyond the borders of Heerewaarden. Members of this Scottish Pipe band are widely spread; some come from the Bommelerwaard and neighbourhood, the country of Maas and Waal and of course Heerewaarden itself. It is clear to see that it's a regional music association.
Scotland and Heerewaarden, the home of Herivvarda,
have historical links which originated at the end of the 16de
centuries. Two small islands, together called Herivvarda,
were unreachable for the water of the rivers Maas and
Waal. Back then it was a thriving trading place. This
strategically favourable position was the reason for the
state army on the eastern Island to build 'Fort de Voorne' in 1599.
Two thousand mercenaries setup camp at Fort de Voorne. Fifteen hundred originated from Scotland. They belonged to the clans MacKay and Macleod.
The choice to wear the tartan of MacLeod when the playing the Scottish music lies in this historical background.