Getting a bunch of young Texan kids to learn the bagpipes and drums, and then wear kilts, was not an easy undertaking; but neither was saying no to Mr. Ingram. Mr. Ingram contacted Pipe Major Donald Shaw Ramsey, who was then living in California. He came to the school for a number of years to conduct two-week workshops. The church organist, John Moseley, began to learn the pipes so he could teach the students in Ramsay's absence, and the school's Headmaster, Henry L. Walters, Jr., began teaching the drums.
From these humble origins, the St. Thomas' Episcopal School Pipe Band has grown to become one of the world's most respected pipe bands, winning Juvenile Pipe Band World championships in 1985, 1995, 1998, 2004, and 2006.
The Band performs throughout the community. Past performances include, Colitis Foundation's Winter Ball, The Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Houston Blood Center and the Luekemia and Lyphoma Society, M.D. Anderson Children's Art Project, Relay for Life, the Harris County Sheriff's Office, and numerous Scottish society functions in the Houston area. The band has also performed for Queen Elizabeth II and former President George Bush.