Piping Events

Save the Date: June 16, 2018!!!

Massed Bands featured during Opening Ceremonies!

Massed bands will parade on Festival Square !   

CHEERS-4-BEERS competition in the Guinness Pub Stage tent  3pm!!!


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 United Pipe Bands – The Mid-Atlantic’s Premier Pipe Band Organization

MacMillan United is dedicated to the development and the teaching of all aspects of the music of the bagpipe. With MacMillan bands in three of  five competition grades, there is a place for entry and growth in the entire organization.

The MacMillan Pipe Band is the Grade 2 band in the organization.  Founded in 2001 as a Grade 4 band, MacMillan has climbed the ranks and is now an internationally-recognized band competing in Grade 2.  MacMillan travelled to Glasgow for its first appearance at the 2017 World Pipe Band Championship on Glasgow Green.

The MacMillan-Birtles Pipe 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, MacMillan-Birtles was upgraded in 2009 to Grade 4 and in 2017 to Grade 3.    MacMillan-Birtles also travelled to Glasgow for its first appearance at the 2017 World Pipe Band Championship on Glasgow Green.

The MacMillan-Dunn Pipe Band is the current Grade 5 band in the organization. In 2012 the growth of the MacMillan organization warranted the addition of a new 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.

Maryland Youth Pipe Band

The Maryland Youth Pipe Band (Mypipeband.org) is an extracurricular activity open to anyone aged 8 thru 18. We are one of only a few organizations in the U.S. that teaches piping and drumming to youth.  We believe that it is essential to bring in new students to keep the piping and drumming tradition alive in America.  Our current band consists of about 9 pipers and 10 drummers.  We are at various stages in learning — from brand new rookies to Grade 1 pipers, the highest level of amateur piping.  We perform in parades, festivals, various ceremonies, and we even played with The Chieftans at the Kennedy Center.  We also participate in band competitions sanctioned by the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA). We have world class instructors that are patient and encouraging with beginners.

We want to reinvigorate and grow the band.  We are always recruiting new members. and encourage all youth to join the band. Many public schools teach the recorder in the third grade, and this makes fourth grade the perfect time to start learning to play the practice chanter, the first step towards becoming a bagpiper.  

The Maryland Youth Pipe Band is an instrumental music organization that seeks to:

•Foster an understanding of music structure, composition, and performance

•Properly maintain and play a musical instrument

•Develop leadership qualities and foster a sense of group responsibility

•Represent our love and joy of traditional Pipe Band music to our community.


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.  

The John F. Nicoll Pipe Band was formed in 1977 by Walter T. Wilkie of the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards as an off-shoot of the Scottish Highland Society of Maryland. John F. Nicoll, from whom the band takes its name, was a piper in the British Army during WWI and eventually went on to become the Pipe Major of the prize-winning Clan MacRae Society Pipe Band and a teacher to band founder Walter Wilkie.

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.






Kiltie Band of York

The Kiltie Band of York was founded in 1928 and is still based out of York, Pennsylvania with members from the surrounding region including York and Lancaster Counties and beyond.

Membership is open to all with a desire and willingness to learn the pipes and drums.





Washington Scottish Pipe Band

The Washington Scottish Pipe Band is a premier presentation pipe band in the Washington D.C. Metro region. 

The Washington Scottish Pipe Band has played in the Baltimore and D.C. Areas and around the United States for over 50 Years in a wide range of venues.