Piping Events

Save the Date: June 16, 2018!!!

Last year’s Festival info:

May 13, 2017

Massed Band performances during Opening Ceremonies!

Performances throughout the day in the new “Festival Square” in the Clan Village!   

CHEERS4BEERS competition next to the Guinness Pub Stage at 2pm!!!


Chesapeake Caledonian Pipes & Drums

The Chesapeake Caledonian Pipes & Drums was formed in 1985 to promote the highest standards in both traditional and contemporary bagpipe and drum ensemble performance. Since then, the band has regularly participated in parades, concerts, and pipe band competitions throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
The band wears the Ancient MacDonald tartan coupled with blue police shirts, black tie, and black waist-cropped Naval mess jackets, in honor of the Naval heritage of Annapolis.
The Chesapeake Caledonian Pipes & Drums is sponsored by the Robert Burns Society of Annapolis and the St. Andrew’s Society of the Eastern Shore.





MacMillan Pipe Band

MacMillan – The Mid-Atlantic’s Premiere Pipe Band Organization

MacMillan is a musical organization dedicated to the Scottish Arts. Primarily a teaching organization designed to bring beginner pipers and drummers up through the ranks, MacMillan is comprised of three competitive pipe bands at varying levels.

MacMillan is the top-level band in the organization. Recently upgraded to EUSPBA grade 2, MacMillan was the founding band of the organization in 2001 and has climbed the ranks since beginning competing in grade 4 in 2002.

MacMillan-Birtles is the mid-level band in the organization. As the MacMillan organization grew in both number and ability, a new band was founded in 2004 in grade 5 to support new members and to plant the seeds to foster an education system within the organization. In 2009 the MacMillan-Birtles band was upgraded to EUSPBA grade 4 and continues to prosper in the competition field.

MacMillan-Dunn is the entry-tier band in the organization. In 2012 the growth of the MacMillan organization warranted the addition of a new entry level band to support and attract new pipers and drummers in the local community, and to maintain a welcoming environment for all players looking to play and compete with the MacMillan organization.

The John F. Nicoll Pipe Band is a Baltimore based, British military style performance band with a long history of dedication to providing the highest quality entertainment for your next function or parade.  Whether it’s one piper or the entire band, JFN can accommodate your needs. 

The John F. Nicoll Pipe Band is highly committed to supporting the next generation of pipers and drummers.  To that end, the band provides free instruction for beginning piping and drumming students each week.  Everyone is enthusiastically welcomed and absolutely no experience is necessary.