Piping & Drumming

Piping & Drumming Competitions-2018 entry form is on the website

The heart and soul of the Colonial Highland Gathering

The sound of the pipes and drums are the most recognizable and indispensable sounds of any highland games and central to Fair Hill, particularly when the bands gather for the opening and closing ceremonies.

Piping & Drumming at the Games

Not only does this “massed bands” produce a stirring sound but is a wonderful spectacle of tartan and banners.  In the afternoon the bands compete against one another in graded competitions. Solo piping and drumming competitions take place in the morning, with competitors, from beginners to professional level, competing for magnificent trophies and displaying the results of many hours of tuition and practice.

Piping & Drumming in History

The pipes have been used to call the Scots together for centuries to celebrate, to mourn and to gather for war. We will gather to enjoy each other’s company and the music.

Download the Piping & Drumming Form

Entries must be postmarked no later than May 2, 2018

2018 Judges


David Bailiff

Andrew Berthoff

John Bottomley

Lorne Cousin

Marc Dubois

David Hall

Calum MacDonald

Albert McMullin

Derek Midgley

James Stack

John Wassman



Linda Hall

Tom Kee


Drum Major

David Ricklis


Order of Piping & Drumming Events


Individual Piping Contest

12:00 p.m.

Mid-Day Ceremonies

Clan March of the Tartans

Massed Bands - Drum Major David Ricklis, Parade Marshal

Escort to the Colours - St. Andrews Society of Baltimore

Singing of Anthems: Charlie Zahm sings US National Anthem “The Star Spangled Banner”

Opening & Remembrance -Arthur McAra

Piping the Lament - David Bailiff - “Flowers of the Forest”

Invocation - Rev. Ernest Smart

2:00 PM

The Eastern US Pipe Band Competition Begins

5:45 PM

Formation of the Massed Bands

6:00 PM

Closing Ceremonies; Massed Bands and Awards Presentation