Cyril Scott Pipe Band was formed in January 1997 as a competition band for upper grade pipers and drummers living in and around Central and Southwestern Ohio, with a few devotees from Northern Kentucky. The name comes from the Cyril Scott Printing Company in Lancaster, Ohio. The President and owner of Cyril Scott, Mr. E. L. McClelland, generously sponsored the band’s uniform and equipment needs during its start up. It is on Mr. McClelland’s behalf that the band proudly wears the Ancient MacLellan tartan and adopts the MacLellan clan crest as the band’s peculiar but “colorful” logo.
In its first competition season it realized success in Grade-III by playing the Highland Games circuits in Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Ontario, Canada.
In 1998, the band entered the RSPBA’s World Pipe Band Championship contest in Glasgow, Scotland, and took 2nd place among 30 other Grade-III bands.
The band returned to Scotland in year 2000 to compete once more at the world championship level. In two preliminary contests, Millennium Pipes, Edinburgh, and Strathallan, Bridge of Allan, Cyril Scott placed 2nd and 3rd respectively among 16 other Grade-III bands. That year at the Worlds, the Band placed a respectable 14th out of 28.
According to Scottish historians, during the reign of James I King of Scots, Sir Patrick Maclellan of Bombie forfeited his estates for marauding through the lands of the Douglases, the Lords of Galloway. Years later in the early 15th century, King James II promised to restore the lands to anyone who would stop a band of gypsies who had been terrorizing the district. Sir Patrick’s son, Sir William Maclellan set out and killed the gypsy leader, Black Morrow. His severed head was brought to King James on the end of Sir William’s sword. Upon receipt of the bounty the king seemed to have forgotten his promise to which Sir William declared, "THINK ON", Thereafter, he was granted the return of his families lands and this is said to be the origins of the colorful crest and motto of the Clan Maclellan.