Pipe Bands Associated with Educational Institutions

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Australia: Universities | High Schools
Canada: Universities
Germany: Universities
New Zealand: High Schools
South Africa: High Schools
United Kingdom: Universities
U. S. of A.: Universities | High Schools | Scholarships
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This page is offered as a service to those pipers or drummers who wonder if the university of their choice has a pipe band which they could join. I suspect that there are hundreds of individuals and bands at or associated with various education institutions which would like to know of each other. These bands range from the casual to the superb. To be listed, your band need not be formally recognized as an institution band, but merely be the local band of choice that has a tradition of welcoming participation from the students and faculty from the institution.

You can have your band added to this list if you send e-mail (alistair@fraser.cc) to Alistair B. Fraser. If your band has a home page, merely provide me with your URL and the URL of the institution. If it does not, provide the name of the institution, the name of the band, and a means of reaching the band (names, phone, e-mail, etc.).


Last update was on Feb. 9, 2003

Australia

U n i v e r s i t i e s
At the University of Adelaide located in Adelaide, South Australia, there is the Adelaide University Regiment Pipes and Drums. More information pending.

At the University of Ballarat located in Ballarat, Victoria, there is the University of Ballarat Pipe Band.

At the University of Melbourne located in Melbourne, Victoria, there is the Melbourne University Regiment Pipes and Drums. More information pending.

At the University of Sydney located in Sydney, New South Wales, there is the Sydney University Regiment Pipes and Drums.

H i g h S c h o o l s
 
Brisbane Boys College, Toowong, Queensland. Pipe Band

Haileybury College, Melbourne, Victoria

Hutchins School, Hobart, Tasmania

Knox Grammer School, Sydney, New South Wales

Presbyterian Ladies' College, Perth, Western Australia

Scotch College, Albury, New South Wales

Scotch College, Adelaide, South Australia

Scotch College, Melbourne, Victoria

Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

Scots College, Sydney, New South Wales

Scots School, Bathurst, New South Wales

Scots School, Warwick, Queensland

Trinty College, Perth, Western Australia

 

 

Canada

U n i v e r s i t i e s
At Queen's University located in Kingston, Ontario, there is the Queen's University Pipe Band which can be reached through David R. MacDonald, the Administrative advisor to all of the Bands at Queen's. He can be reached by email at macdond@qucdn.queensu.ca, or phone at either (613) 545-2060 or 1 (800) 267-7837, or by mail at Summerhill, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario Canada K7L 3N6

For the Loyalist College located in Belleville, Ontario, there is the Brighton Legion Higlanders. Contact Donna Munroe at (613) 925-0715 or bagpipe@cybertap.com.

At the University of Northern British Columbia located in Prince George, B.C., there is the University of Northern British Columbia Pipes and Drums.

At the University of Calgary located in Calgary, Alberta, there is the University of Calgary Pipe Band and Highland Dancing Club.

At the Royal Military College of Canada located in Kingston, Ontario, there is The Royal Military College of Canada Band - La Musique du College Militaire Royal du Canada.

At Simon Fraser University located in Burnaby, British Columbia, there is the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band. They are the 1995 and 1996 World Pipe Band champions! There is also have a junior band at SFU.

At the Nova Scotia Gaelic College, located in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, there is the Gaelic College Pipe Band. They are the 1994 World Grade III Pipe Band champions.

The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada, located in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, is home to the College of Piping Pipe Band.

H i g h S c h o o l s
Magrath HS, Alberta T0K 1J0

At St. Andrew's College School, located in Aurora, Ontario, there is the Cadet Pipe Band. It is under thedirection of Jim McGillvray. Starting in the fall of 1999, students can study the bagpipes as their instrument for approved Ministry of Education academic music credits. A junior band is being formed. Instruction starts as early as Grade 6. Scholarship and Bursaries are available.

 

 

Germany

U n i v e r s i t i e s
For the Technical University of Berlin located in Berlin, the band of choice is the Berlin Thistles Pipes & Drums

 

 

United Kingdom

U n i v e r s i t i e s
At the University of Abertay Dundee located in Dundee, there is a piping club. Information is available from Mary-Ann MacKinnon by phone 01382 308291 at or by e-mail at mary-ann.mackinnon@abertay.ac.uk .
 
At the Heriot-Watt University located in Edinburgh, there is the Heriot-Watt University Pipe Band It can be reached through its Pipe Major, Gavin B. Richardson, by e-mail at cstgbr@pp.hw.ac.uk (personal) or exuah@pp.hw.ac.uk (pipe band).

 

New Zealand

H i g h S c h o o l s
At the St. Andrews School located in in Christchurch, there is the St. Andrew's College Pipe Band

 

South Africa

H i g h S c h o o l s
For Penryn College, a high school in Mpumalanga, there is the Stevenson-Hamilton Pipe Band.

 

United Kingdom

U n i v e r s i t i e s
At the Heriot-Watt University located in Edinburgh, there is the Heriot-Watt University Pipe Band It can be reached through its Pipe Major, Gregor J. Colville, by e-mail at G.J.Colville@hw.ac.uk . The band has an asssociated Highland Dance Team.

 

S c h o o l s
For schools in the district around Stirling, Scotland, there is Stirling & District Schools PIpe Band .

 

 

United States of America

U n i v e r s i t i e s

Arizona
For Arizona State University, located in Tempe, Arizona, the bands of choice are the Mesa Caledonian Pipe Band, and the Phoenix Scottish Pipe Band.

For University of Arizona, located in Tucson, Arizona, the band of choice is one of those of the Seven Pipers Society.

Arkansas
At Lyon College (formerly, Arkansas College), located in Batesville, Arkansas, there is the Lyon College Pipe Band. It can be reached through the Pipe Major, Will Muirhead, by phone at (870) 698-4298 or by e-mail at wmuirhead@lyon.edu. They offer scholarships to pipers, drummers and dancers.

California
For both the University of California, Riverside, located in Riverside, California, the band is the University of California Riverside Pipe Band.

For the University of Redlands, located in Redlands, California, the band of choice is the R. P. Blandford & Son Pipe Band.

For both Sonoma State University, in Rohnert Park, California, and Santa Rosa Junior College, in Santa Rosa, the band of choice is the Santa Rosa Pipes & Drums. The Pipe Major, John Creager, can be reached by phone at (707) 576-0511, by mail at 5690 Corbett Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95403, or by e-mail at jcreager@sonic.net

Colorado
For Colorado State University, located in Fort Collins, Colorado, the band of choice is the Fort Collins Pipe Band.

Connecticut
At United States Coast Guard Academy, located in New London, Connecticut, the band is the USCGA Pipe Band. It can be reached through CWO Edwards, Director, Cadet Bands by phone at (860) 444-8466 or the Pipe Major, 4/c Daniel Blair Sweigart, at sweigart@cadetmail.uscga.edu.

At Trinity College, located in Hartford, the band is the Trinity College Pipes & Drums.

Florida
For the Florida State University, located in Tallahasse, Florida, the band of choice is the Tallahassee Pipe Band.
 
For the University of Florida, located in Gainesville, Florida, the band of choice is the University City Pipe Band .
 
 
For the University of Cenral Florida, Rollings College, Winter Park Stetson University, Deland Seminole Community College, and Valencia Community College the band of choice is Rosie O'Grady's Highlanders The band is able to provide regular part time evening work playing pipes or snare drum to qualified players.╩ Located in Orlando Florida The Pipe Major, Ron McGinnis╩can be reached by phone at (407) 366 4435, Fax at (407) 830 9366, or by e-mail at mowens@magicnet.net
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Hawaii
For the University of Hawaii, located on Oahu, Hawaii, there is the Celtic Pipes and Drums of Hawaii.
 
 

Idaho
For both the University of Idaho, located at Moscow, Idaho, and the Washington State University, located at Pullman, Washington, the band of choice is the Border Highlanders. The Pipe Major is Kirk McMichael. The band can be reached through Sam Scripter, by e-mail, scripter@goshawk.csrv.uidaho.edu, or scripter@uidaho.edu, by phone at (208) 885-7360, and by mail at W7UFQ, Geography Department, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83844-3021

Indiana
At the University of Notre Dame, located at Notre Dame, Indiana, there is the Notre Dame Bagpipe Band. It can be reached through its president, Marty Hughes, by phone at (219) 634-4461 or by e-mail at martin.p.hughes.12@nd.edu.

Illinois
At the University of Chicago, located in Chicago, Illinois, there is the University of Chicago Alumni Association Pipe Band. It can be reached through its Band Manager, Jerry Cadden, by phone at (312) 752-6515 or e-mail at jacadden@midway.uchicago.edu. More information can be obtained from the Pipe Band List.

For the University of Illinois, located at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, the band of choice is the Celtic Cross Pipe Band, itself located in Peoria Illinois. The band's university contact is Sandy Seehusen, who can be reached by phone (217) 356-5926, or email sandyv@uiuc.edu. The Pipe Major, Craig Aune, can be reached by phone at (309) 263-7982 or snail mail at 315 Circle Dr., Morton, IL 61550. More information can be obtained from the Pipe Band List.

At Monmouth College, located in Monmouth, Illinois, there is the Monmouth College Pipes and Drums. Monmouth College, a small liberal arts college in Western Illinois, offers full and partial scholarships for pipers and drummers who qualify.

Iowa
At the University of Iowa, located in Iowa City, Iowa, there is the University of Iowa Scottish Highlanders.

Maine
For the Maine Maritime Academy, there is the Main Maritime Academy Pipe and Drum Corps.

Maryland
For St. John's College, located in Annapolis, Maryland, the band of choice is the Chesapeake Caledonian Pipe Band.

At the United States Naval Academy, located in Annapolis, Maryland, there is the Pipes and Drums of the Brigade of Midshipmen.

Michigan
Associated with the Troy School District, in Troy, Michigan, there is the Michigan Scottish Pipes and Drums.
Minnesota
At Macalester College, located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, there is the Macalester College Pipe Band. The band can be reached by phone at home at (612) 696-6695 and by e-mail through Cheryl L. Rose by crose@alumni.csom.umn.edu.

New Mexico
For the University of New Mexico, located at Albuquerque, New Mexico, there is the High Desert Pipes and Drums.

New York
At Iona College, located in New Rochelle, New York, there is the Iona College Pipe Band. They offer piping scholarships. They can be reached at Iona College Pipe Band, c/o Iona College, North Avenue, New Rochelle, N.Y. 10804.

At Manhattan College, located in New York City, New York, there is the Manhattan College Pipes & Drums. They offer scholarships for piping and drumming.

At the The United States Military Academy located at West Point, New York, there is the West Point Pipes and Drums. The band can be reached through the Officer Representative, Father Edson Wood, by e-mail at ye8947@exmail.usma.army.mil.

North Carolina
At St. Andrews Presbyterian College, located at Laurinburg, North Carolina, there is the St. Andrews College Pipe Band. It can be reached through Bill Caudill by phone at (910) 277-5236 or e-mail at bill@andrews.sapc.edu. The school offers scholarships (ranging up to $4,500 per year) in piping, drumming and highland dancing. Information is also available by or by phoning the Office of Admissions at 1-800-763-0198 and stating that you are a piper/drummer/dancer/celtic musician and interested in the Scottish Heritage Scholarship offerings.

At North Carolina State University, located in Raleigh, North Carolina, there is the North Carolina State University Pipes and Drums.

For the Western Carolina University, located at Cullowhee, North Carolina, the band of choice is the Highlands Pipes and Drums, of Cullowhee. The band offers a scholarship as a memorial to Piper Robert Reitz

Ohio
At the College of Wooster, located at Wooster, Ohio, there is the Wooster Scot Band. See also, Scot Pipers. The band can be reached through the Band Director, Nancy Ditmer. The e-mail address is cdore@acad.umass.edu. They offer minor scholarships for pipers, drummers, and highland dancers. More information can be obtained from the Pipe Band List.

For the Youngstown State University, located at Youngstown, Ohio, the band of choice is the Crag Dhe Cead Pipe Band, itself located in Akron, Ohio. The band's university contact is Doug Faires, who can be reached by email faires@math.ysu.edu.

Pennsylvania
At Carnegie Mellon University, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, there is the Carnegie Mellon University Pipes and Drums. The pipe major is Alasdair Gillies. The band can be reached by e-mail at pipeband@andrew.cmu.edu.

At the Edinboro University of PA the band is the Edinboro Univesity of PA Pipes and Drums. It can be reached through its Pipe Band Director, Bruce E. Best, by either e-mail at BBest273@aol.com or phone at (814) 732-2555, or through the Marching Band Director, Gary S. Grant, by phone at (814) 732-2797. Instruction is available for beginning piping students, and Marching Band credit is offered for participation in the Pipe Band. Edinboro University is also the site of the Edinboro Spring Highlands Festival, with pipe band contests, Highland dancing, athletic events and more. The festival is held the first weekend in May. For more information about the Spring Highlands Festival, contact Dr. Tim Thompson through the University switchboard, at (814)732-2000.

For Penn State University (Schuylkill Campus), located in Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania, the band of choice is the Hawk Mountain Highlanders. It can be reached through the Pipe Major, Wes Loder, by home phone at (570) 366-1238, work phone (570) 385-6238, or e-mail at mwl2@psu.edu. More information can be obtained from the Pipe Band List.

For a series of universities in Northeastern Pennsylvania --- Penn State University, Hazleton, Penn State University, Wilkes-Barr, Penn State University, Worthington Scranton,╩ King's College, University of Scranton,╩ Wilkes University,╩ Marywood University,╩ College Misercordia,╩ --- there is the Ceol Mor Pipe and Drum Band, located in Luzerne County, PA.

For Penn State University (University Park Campus), located in State College, Pennsylvania, the band of choice is the Nittany Highland Pipe Band.

South Carolina
At The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, located in Charleston, South Carolina, there is the Citadel Pipe Band. The Pipe Major, Sandy Jones, can be reached by e-mail at joness@citadel.edu and by regular mail at The Citadel Pipe Band, (Military College of the South), PO Box 26, Charleston, SC 29409

Texas
For Texas Tech University, located at Lubbock, Texas, the band of choice is the Texas Highlands Celtic Brigade Pipe Band. It can be reached through Hilton McLarin whose e-mail address is hiltonmc@aol.com.

For the University of Texas at Austin, located at Austin, Texas, the band of choice is the Silver Thistle Pipes and Drums. It can be reached through the Pipe Major, Ken Liechti, by home phone at (512) 323-0631 or work phone at (512) 471-4164. There is e-mail contact through the Pipe Sergeant, Wade Harper, at rupert@austin.lockheed.com or by phone at (512) 339-1676 or (512) 386-4020.

Utah
For Brigham Young Universtiy, located at Provo, Utah, there is the BYU Pipe Band.

For Southern Utah University, located at Cedar City, Utah, there is the Scarlet & Black Highlanders Pipe Band. It can be reached through Pipe Major Dale Hawkins whose e-mail address is Hawkinsd@student.suu.edu.

Virginia
For the following institutions located in the vacinity of Williamsburg, VA: the band of choice is the Strath James Pipe Band, itself located in Williamsburg, Virginia (PO Box 1250, VA 23187-1250). The band can be reached through the Pipe Major, Jay Close, by phone at (804) 564-0838 or through Mark Ferguson by e-mail at 71514.1145@compuserve.com.

For Mary Washington College located in Fredericksburg, there is the Mary Washington College Eagle Pipe Band. It can be reached through the Pipe Major, Ray Scott, at rscott@mwc.edu.

Washington
For both the Washington State University, located at Pullman, Washington, and by the University of Idaho, located at Moscow, Idaho, the band of choice is the Border Highlanders. The Pipe Major is Kirk McMichael. The band can be reached through Sam Scripter, by e-mail, scripter@goshawk.csrv.uidaho.edu, or scripter@uidaho.edu, by phone at (208) 885-7360, and by mail at W7UFQ, Geography Department, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83844-3021

Wisconsin
For the campus of the University of Wisconsin located at La Crosse, Wisconsin, the band of choice is Chippewa Valley Pipes and Drums The Pipe Major, Layne Yost, can be reached by phone at (715) 839-0203. By e-mail you can reach band members, Mark Knok at knoxma@uwec.edu and Lloyd Bogart at lloydb@uwlax.edu.

At the campus of the University of Wisconsin located at Madison, Wisconsin, there is the Madison Pipes and Drums
H i g h S c h o o l s
(The original high school list was compiled by Scott McLean smclean@u.washington.edu).

H i g h S c h o o l s

California
Fairfield HS, 205 E. Atlantic Ave., Pleasanton, CA. 94588

Glendora HS, 1600 E. Foothill Blvd., Glendora, CA. 91741

Santa Cruz HS, 415 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, CA. 95060

Foothill HS, 4375 Foothill Rd., Pleasanton, CA. 94588

Uplands HS, P.O. Box 1239, Uplands, CA. 91785

Florida
Dunedin HS, 1651 Pinehurst Rd., Dunedin, FL. 34698

Dunedin MS, 896 Union St., Dunedin, FL 34698 Dunedin Middle School Pipe Band

Riverview HS, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota, FL. 34231

Lake Wales High School, Highlander Band, 1 Highlander Way, Lake Wales, Florida 33853

Illinois
Dundee-Crown HS, 1500 Kings Road, Carpentersville, IL. 60110

Indiana
Highland HS, 2108 E. 200 N., Anderson, IN. 46012

Kentucky
? HS, 1601 Columbia Ave., Glasgow, KY. 42141

Jefferson HS, Old Six Mile Ln., Jeffersontown, KY. 40299

Maryland
Calvert HS, Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678, Band Director: Ben Williams, (410) 535-7333, chspipeband@hotmail.com

Rockville HS, 2100 Baltimore Rd., Rockville, MD 20851

New Jersey
Governor Livingston HS, Berkeley Heights NJ: Highlander Marching Band

New York
Archbishop Molloy HS, Queens NY

Scotia-Glenville Pipe Band; 10 Prestige Pkwy; Scotia, NY 12302
   Director: Maureen Connor 518-374-6034

Xaverian HS, Brooklyn NY

North Carolina
Scotland HS, P.O. Box 1049, Laurinburg, NC 28353

Statesville HS, 474 N. Center St., Statesville, NC 28677

Pennsylvania
Liberty HS, 1115 Linden St. in Bethlehem, PA. Grenadier Band

South Carolina
Abbeville HS, PO Box 927 Abbeville, SC 29620. E-mail to Amanda Hershberger, plaidmickey@hotmail.com

Texas
Bel Air HS, 731 N. Yarbrough St., El Paso, TX 79915, TX. See, http://www.geocities.com/belairpipeband

St. Thomas Epis. HS, 4900 Jackwood, Houston, TX

Utah
Ben Lomond HS, 800 Scots Ave., Ogden, UT 84404

Payson HS, 1050 S. Main, Payson, UT 84651

Vermont
Saint Johnsbury Academy , 1000 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, Caledonia County , Vermont 05819, phone 802-748-8171: The Graham Highlanders of St. Johnsbury Academy

Washington
Shadle Park HS, 4327 N. Ash St., Spokane, WA. 99207

Shorecrest HS, 5343 25th. Ave. N.E., Shoreline, WA. 98155
Scholarships

Alma College, located at Alma, Michigan, is reputed to offer scholarships for pipers. Alas, there no longer is a pipe band in the vicinity of the college.

Highlands Pipes and Drums of Cullowhee (western North Carolina) offers a scholarship in memory of one of its members.

Iona College, New, Rochelle, N.Y. offers scholarships for pipers (and drummers?). See the discussion above under Iona College.

Lyon College, Batesville, Arkansas offers scholarships for pipers, drummers and dancers. See the discussion above under Lyon College.

Monmouth College, in west central Illinois, offers two piping scholarships per year and one drumming scholarship every other year. For further infomration, contact Dick Valentine, Office of Admissions at (309) 457-2131. Also, see the discussion above under Monmouth College.

Manhattan College Pipes and Drums offers scholarships for piping and drumming. See the discussion on their site under Recruitment.

St. Andrews Presbyterian College, located at Laurinburg, North Carolina offers scholarships for pipers, drummers and dancers. See the discussion above under St. Andrews Presbyterian College.

The College of Wooster, located in Wooster, Ohio offers minor scholarships for pipers, drummers, and highland dancers. See the discussion above under Wooster College.

 

 

 

Useful links:



Gaelic and Gaelic Culture offers a wealth of general Gaelic information.
The Bagpipes go to the Movies provides a list of movies in which the bagpipes have either appeared or been heard.

 

 

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