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September 27, 2022

Western Canadian piping lost one of its great contributors with the passing of Jim McWilliams in Surrey, British Columbia, on September 23, 2022. McWilliams was many things in his life, including a soldier in the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps, a high school history teacher for 30 years, and an amazing […]

September 26, 2022

New Zealand was able to weather the pandemic storm better than most piping and drumming-rich countries around the world, even though the annual Jenny Mair Highland Square Day competitions had to be nixed last year, and now the country’s second-largest pipe band contest will be back December 10 in Palmerston […]

September 25, 2022

Ottawa – September 24, 2022 – Ian K. MacDonald was the winner of the annual Glengarry Cup competition for March. Strathspey & Reel playing, which returned as an in-person event for the first time since February 2020. About 100 people turned out at the Army Officers Mess venue. The PPBSO […]

September 23, 2022

David Bailiff, the accomplished piper, teacher and organizer, passed away in Newark, Delaware, on September 20th after several years of health problems. He was 10 days short of his 60th birthday. Born on October 2, 1962, he rose to be a successful competitor at the Open/Professional level, competing with success […]

September 22, 2022

The 10 invitees for the 2022 Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championships at Blair Atholl, Scotland, October 29th have been decided, and are the 10 that pipes|drums anticipated would get the nod by virtue of results at qualifying competitons: Callum Beaumont, Dollar, Scotland – overall winner at London in November 2021, second […]

September 21, 2022

While Nick Hudson was performing “Lament for the the Laird of Anapool” on the Eden Court Theatre stage at the 2022 Northern Meeting, on his way to winning the Highland Society of London Gold Medal for piobaireachd, he didn’t know that his wife was in labour back in Houston on […]

September 20, 2022

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association’s Music Board & Standards and Grading Group has changed the rule for Grade 1 bands playing two MSRs so each band in each event plays either an MSR comprising no more than four parts for each tune type or an MSR that has to […]

September 19, 2022

Millions, if not billions, of people around the world watched as Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest in a five-hour ceremony in London that put on display Britain’s pageantry and poignancy at its finest. And there was perhaps never a bigger spotlight placed on piping and drumming, exposing the […]

September 18, 2022

The success of the piping and drumming teaching programming at Blairgowrie High School and various primary schools in the scenic Scottish town in Perthshire has brought a need for a pipe band drumming instructor to work with the more than 80 pupils who already have signed up. Working with recently […]

September 17, 2022

Campbeltown, Scotland – September 17, 2022 – The usually annual Springbank Invitational Solo Piping Competition resumed its regular yearly schedule with the event at the Argyle Arms Hotel, where Angus D. MacColl of Benderloch, Scotland, took the aggregate prize based only on the Piobaireachd and MSR events, with Campbeltown native […]

September 16, 2022

The well-known piper and piping historian Barry Shears of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, has released his latest work: Legacy: A Collection of Photographs and Music, a 224-page book of 191 new and traditional pipe tunes, 115 historical photographs and several essays on early piping in the Celtic-rich areas of Pictou […]

September 14, 2022

Renowned piper Bruce Gandy of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, is the author of the winning piobaireachd in the composing contest put on the Eagle Pipers’ Society of Edinburgh. Gandy’s “Eagle Pipers’ Society” won out against strong submissions from pipers around the world, described as a “very high standard of entry” by […]

September 13, 2022

The accomplished Ontario-based piper Andrea Boyd is the new pipe-major of the Grade 3 Ottawa Highlanders. She joins Lead-Drummer Mark Passmore and a strong pipe section and drum corps, following the group’s successful return to competition in the Ontario circuit, which included winning Grade 3 at the North American Championships […]

September 12, 2022

Perhaps as a gesture of good faith that bands will only improve after returning to competition following two seasons of dormancy, the UK’s Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association only upgraded 19 bands and downgraded none for 2023. Despite solid seasons in Grade 2 by Scotland’s Buchan Peterson Northern Ireland’s Ravara, […]

Alden Biesen, Bilzen, Belgium – September 9, 2022 – Ronsed-Mor of Brittany travelled to Belgium to win both the Grade 2 and the Open contests with straight first-place rankings at the Belgian Pipe Band Championships at Landcommanderij Alden Biesen in the scenic Bilzen, the home of the contest since 1994. […]

September 11, 2022

If you are a Highland piper or a pipe band drummer or simply a fan of piping and pipe bands, Geoff Ross has made a profound impact on your life. We can thank him for a flurry on innovations that would bring new levels of stability, tuning and consistency to the world’s most temperamental instrument: […]

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