August 2, 2022

Portree, Scotland – August 2, 2022 – James Duncan MacKenzie of the Isle of Lewis was the winner of the Dunvegan Medal for piobaireachd at the annual Skye Gathering in the town of Portree on the isle of Skye. It was the first day of competition in the two-day event, […]

The venerable Eagle Pipers’ Society are counting down the days until the Captain John. A MacLellan Memorial Dinner-Recital-Competition on August 26th at the Waldorf Astoria Caledonian Hotel in Edinburgh, one of the world’s great invitational solo piping events. Ticket sales to the black-tie event have been brisk, and those that […]

August 1, 2022

Following the departure of Kyle Warren, the private St Columba’s School in the village of Kilmacolm, Scotland, is welcoming applications from “enthusiastic and committed teachers of bagpipes” to join top-flight competing solo piper Gordon Bruce in the mixed independent day school’s piping and drumming program. You’ll need at least a […]

July 31, 2022

pipes|drums is pleased to bring our readers/viewers videos from the Grade 1 Medley and MSR events and the Grade 2 MSR at the North American Championships held at the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville, Ontario. You can find the competition results in our report from July 30th. Due to the […]

July 30, 2022

Maxville, Ontario – July 30, 2022 – The 78th Fraser Highlanders were named 2022 North American Pipe Band Champions at the Glengarry Highland Games, winning against the 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) in a two-band contest comprising both Medley and MSR events. The Peel Regional Police won Grade 2, with the […]

Dumbarton, Scotland – July 30, 2022 – In the shadow of landmark Dumbarton Rock, Field Marshal Montgomery of Belfast won the 2022 Scottish Pipe Band Championship, the fourth of the five major events of the RSPBA competition season. Inveraray & District was defending the title after being the winner of […]

July 29, 2022

Maxville, Ontario – July 29, 2022 – Twelve competed in the 2022 Piobaireachd Society Gold Medal (Canada) competition held at St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church in the farming village’s central area, and ultimately Bobby Durning of Carrollton, Texas, gained the prize playing “Lament for the Viscount of Dundee.” […]

July 28, 2022

Next to the World Pipe Band Championships, Saturday, July 30th, is probably the biggest date of the year, with the Scottish Pipe Band Championships and the North American Championships at Dumbarton, Scotland, and Maxville, Ontario, taking place. The Scottish Championships at Levingrove Park are the fourth of the five majors […]

Arisaig, Scotland – July 27, 2022 – Angus D. MacColl of Benderloch, Scotland, had the overall most successful day in the senior solo piping events at the Arisaig Highland Games held at Traigh Farm in the scenic village on Scotland’s west coast. Nine turned out for the competitions. MacColl took […]

July 27, 2022

The accomplished and well-loved piper Gordon MacRae died on July 25, 2022, at age 65 after a lengthy battle against cancer. Born in Kincardine, Ontario, on April 22, 1957, “Gord,” as he was always known to friends, was a member of the 78th Fraser Highlanders from the band’s inception, and […]

Fredericton, New Brunswick – July 23-24, 2022 – The two-day New Brunswick Highland Games persevered through parched conditions with temperatures measured at 41° Celsius on the field, with contestants performing before the scenic and historic Government House. There were no major heat related illnesses and the games provided a hydration […]

July 24, 2022

Sherwood Park, Alberta – July 23, 2022 – The second post-pandemic annual Sherwood Park Highland Gathering was held just outside of Edmonton. Weather was picture-perfect, with temperatures hovering around 25C with nearly cloudless skies. There were a total of 10 bands entered and a small solo turnout. North Stratton of Edmonton […]

July 23, 2022

Airth, Scotland – July 23, 2022 – Pipers from Scotland, Australia and the USA turned out for the Airth Highland Games, competing in the senior piping in overcast conditions with occasional showers. Lachie Dick of Glasgow had the best overall day with two light music firsts and a fourth in […]

July 22, 2022

Four years after the release of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Collection, voted both Music Collection of the Year in the 2018 New Year’s Honours and Music Collection of the Decade by pipes|drums panels of experts, Volume 2 in the series will be launched at Piping Live! at a special […]

July 21, 2022

Tobermory, Scotland – July 21, 2022 – Ben Duncan of Edinburgh and Angus D. MacColl enjoyed excellent results in excellent weather at the annual Tobermory Games on the Isle of Mull, and it was Duncan who gained the aggregate championship. Fifteen competed in the senior solo piping events. Young Logie […]

Organizers of the Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational Solo Piping Competition have cancelled the 2022 edition of the event, electing to take a “gap year” as they prepare for a 2023 return. “A transition year for the travel industry and for Grade 1 piping events” was provided as the reasons for skipping […]

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