July 1, 2022

Some light and silly verse from pipes|drums about them crazy Canucks

BBC Scotland has confirmed that the Grade 1 events on both the Friday and Saturday of the World Pipe Band Championships will once again be live-streamed. Britain’s public broadcaster confirmed to pipes|drums that the live Internet broadcast will happen once again, even though the Grade 1 competition promises to be […]

June 30, 2022

If you’ve ever wanted to see the Highland Society of London’s Gold Medal and the Silver Star Former Winners MSR at the Northern Meeting at Inverness, Scotland, you now have the opportunity, as the world’s greatest two days of indoor solo piping competitions will be live-streamed for the first time […]

June 28, 2022

By Martin Docherty On June 19, 2022, the Edinburgh Pipe Band Championships were held at the Edinburgh Academy sports fields. Despite its name, this was a “small competition,” and not one of the five major championships run by the RSPBA. What was unusual at this competition was the presence of […]

June 26, 2022

Hastings, New Zealand – June 25, 2022 – The Hastings Comunn na Piobaireachd, affiliated with the UK’s Piobaireachd Society, held its annual competitions. Almost 100 competitors, including 23 in the A Grade, competed over the weekend. Conditions were cold but dry. Several judges had to withdraw before the event, so […]

Red Deer, Alberta – June 25, 2022 – After a two-year hiatus, the 75th annual Red Deer Highland Games kicked-off Alberta’s outdoor season with pleasant weather, with temperatures hovering around +20C with a mix of sun and cloud throughout the day. The games was held at a new location, the […]

June 25, 2022

Inverness, Scotland – June 25, 2022 – The European Pipe Band Championships finally returned to the northern Scotland city of Inverness after a two-year hiatus, and Inveraray & District came away with the Grade 1 title in convincing fashion with four first place rankings from the judges, in a successful […]

June 24, 2022

The third major competition of the UK season will see reigning World Champions Inveraray & District defend its 2019 title at the European Pipe Band Championships at Bught Park in Inverness, Scotland. The band will be pitted once again against nine other contestants in Grade 1, including Field Marshal Montgomery […]

June 23, 2022

With the likes of Woolmet, Torphichen, Wasach, and Cullybackey, “Guelph” is one of the more delightfully unusual names in the pipe band world. For those who don’t know, Guelph (pronounced gwelf) is a city of about 150,000 in southwestern Ontario with pipe band dream comfort memory to spare. It’s also […]

June 22, 2022

Glasgow – June 18, 2022 – Stewart Allan of Glasgow, Scotland’s Ben Hall and Donald Morrison of Oban, won the Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3 aggregate awards, respectively at the Competition League of Amateur Solo Pipers CLASP in-person competition held at the National Piping Centre, judged by Alastair […]

June 21, 2022

The venerable Wallacestone Pipe Band of Falkirk, Scotland, is a survivor. Founded in 1887, the band has stayed constant through two world wars, a worldwide depression, a global pandemic or two, numerous regradings from Grade 4 to Grade 1 and back, and more than a thousand competitions. But even after […]

June 19, 2022

Chicago – June 18, 2022 – Ulster Scottish of Philadelphia won the 2022 Chicago Highland Games with firsts in both events against five other Grade 2 bands, as the Chicago Highland Games returned after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Grade 3 was won by Wake & District of […]

Baltimore, Maryland – June 18, 2022 – In a tie with Ben McClamrock of Washington, DC broken by the result in the piobaireachd event, Derek Midgley of Tinton Falls, New Jersey, won the 35th annual United States Piping Foundation Professional Piping Championships held at the Arts & Humanities Hall at […]

June 18, 2022

“Some people think piping is a matter of life or death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that.”

Cobourg, Ontario – June 18, 2022 – The second in the series of summer Highland games in Ontario was held at the lakeside town of Cobourg under sunny but unseasonably chilly and windy conditions, creating a testing environment for bands and soloists. No Grade 1 bands entered, so Grade 2 […]

June 17, 2022

Learning from the last two years of online and they’re past decades of experience, the July 17-21 Balmoral School of Piping & Drumming is returning to its original location at the university campus in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, and also offering online access for those who can’t or prefer not to attend […]

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