January 6, 2023

Inspired after the popular Highland bagpipe-playing metalhead Ally the Piper adapted one of their regular pipe band chanters, G1 Reeds of Kirkcaldy, Scotland, have introduced a pipe chanter pitched at true B with aim of accommodating the growing number of pipers who want to play with “other” instruments that have […]

January 4, 2023

The annual Celtic Connections winter festival of folk music in Glasgow is probably the major event for that scene, but it hasn’t always represented Highland piping and drumming to the extent it might deserve. As reported last October, the 2023 festival looks after Highland piping with a significant concert that […]

The Caledonian Piping Club of Saltcoats, Scotland, is kicking off the New Year with a fundraising campaign that they hope strikes at the hearts of others looking to begin 2023 in the spirit of giving. The Club, founded 23 years ago as a group that teaches quality piping and drumming […]

January 2, 2023

Twenty-twenty-two was a year of return, of getting back at it, of renewal and regrowth – evidenced by the nearly 400 articles that pipes|drums brought to you throughout the year. Many of these pieces had explosive readership with unique page-views numbering well into the five-figures. Our breaking-news reporting on competitions […]

January 1, 2023

Waipu, New Zealand – January 1, 2023 – Greg Wilson of Tai Tapu, New Zealand, won the overall in the Open/A Grade solo piping competitions, and his son Campbell took the aggregate in the Under 21 category, making for a solid family start to the New Year at the 150th […]

December 31, 2022

After most of the piping and drumming world lying dormant since March 2020, 2022 was a year of triumphant return. As we have each year since 2001, we bring you the pipes|drums New Year’s Honours, as we look back at the previous 12 months to recognize the greatest collective performances, […]

December 30, 2022

Piping royalty Stuart Liddell of Inveraray, Scotland, has been made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in King Charles III’s first-ever New Year’s Honours. The Grade 1 Inveraray & District pipe-major, elite solo piper and world renowned teacher was officially bestowed with the award “for services to piping and […]

It was a year of getting back at it. What was not to like? Not much, as we look back and hear from several prominent pipers and drummers for their thoughts on what was great and not-so-great in 2022. There were many great Crackers to celebrate, and a few Blooters […]

Auckland, New Zealand – December 30, 2022 – Stuart Easton of Palmerston North, New Zealand, was the overall winner of the annual Northcote Invitational Solo Piping Competition, held at the beer garden of the Northcote Tavern in hot and sunny conditions reaching 25°. With a Medley preference, Easton nudged out […]

December 28, 2022

It was all back at it in 2022, as most of the piping and drumming world emerged from a two-year dormancy and remembering what normal used to be all about. It was all strangely familiar, if a little or a lot smaller, with contests and events working pretty much like […]

December 27, 2022

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association chose Christmas Eve as the date to reveal that a deal had been secured with the northern Scottish city of Aberdeen to host the 2023 European Pipe Band Championships on June 24, 2023, at Duthie Park. Aberdeen takes over the contest from Inverness, which […]

December 24, 2022

Wherever you are, whatever your age, however you like to celebrate the holidays, only the best to you and yours from pipes|drums! We have enjoyed bringing you hundreds of stories and features over the year, and we thank you for reading, commenting, contributing, subscribing, watching and listening. Over the next […]

December 23, 2022

Grade 1 ScottishPower of Glasgow has moved to play drums from the British Drum Company in sync with Leading-Drummer Jake Jørgensen joining the company as its newest “marching srtist.” The band had been playing Premier Percussion instruments for several years under an endorsement deal, and becomes an official British Drum […]

Several years after implementing a formal policy, the Competing Pipers Association is getting tough on members competing before and accepting prizes from their teachers. The association has sent letters to members whom they have identified as receiving awards from instructors informing them that these prizes will be expunged from their […]

December 22, 2022

Ross Miller has gained a reputation for creativity through his compositions and recordings, and now the Linlithgow, Scotland, native and member of Grade 1 Inveraray & District is gaining attention for his continuing series of fun self-produced Christmas videos of arrangements of classic carols and songs on the Highland pipes. […]

December 20, 2022

The Internet – November-December 2022 – The Fall 2022 edition of the World Online Piping & Drumming Championships took in more than 600 entries across 80 events with contestants submitting videos of their performances that were then assesses over several weeks by judges around the world. The top solo piping […]

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