Piping & Drumming

Piping & Drumming Competitions-2023
Entry Forms Available Below

The heart and soul of the Colonial Highland Gathering

The sounds of the pipes and drums are the most recognizable and indispensable sounds of any highland games, particularly when all the bands gather for the massed bands during the mid-day and closing ceremonies.

Piping & Drumming at the Games

The spectacle of all of the pipe bands performing in the arena together as one unit can be described as nothing short of soul-stirring.
In the afternoon the bands compete against one another in graded competitions.
Individual piping and drumming competitions are held in the morning, with competitors, from beginner to professional level, competing and displaying the results of countless 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 the camaraderie and the music.

Piping Judges For 2023
Lorne Cousin
Michael Grey
David Hall
Peter Kent
Calum MacDonald
Doug MacRae (Friday Evening Open Piping Only)
James Stack
Scot Walker
John Wassman


Drumming Judges 2023:
Lisa Frazier, Tenor & Bass
Tom Kee, Snare
Drum Major Judge 2023:
Patricia Nisco

Entries must be postmarked no later than May 1, 2023

Instructions for how to enter can be found on the forms.

Piping & Drumming Solo Entry FormPiping & Drumming Band Entry Form

We need your help! Traveling with a competing piper or drummer? Interested in helping out? Volunteers are always welcome to serve as piping and drumming stewards. Click the volunteer button below to sign up.

Piping & Drumming Volunteer

Order of Piping & Drumming Events 2023

  • 8:30am – 12:00pm: Individual Piping & Drumming Competitions
  • 12:00pm: Massed Bands – Mid-Day Ceremonies
  • 2:00pm – 5:00pm: Pipe Band Competitions
  • 5:45pm: Formation of the Bands for Massed Bands
  • 6:00pm: Massed Bands – Closing Ceremonies