For many Highland games festival attendees, the most memorable of all the events at the games is the massing of the pipe bands. Normally held in conjunction with the opening and closing ceremonies of the games, as many as 20 or more pipe bands will march and play together. The result is a thunderous rendition of Scotland the Brave or Amazing Grace, and other crowd-pleasing favourites.
It is, in fact, the music of the bagpipe which has come to symbolize music at the Games and, indeed, in Scotland itself. In addition to the massed bands, nearly all Highland games gatherings feature a wide range of piping and drumming competition, including solo piping and drumming, small group ensembles and, of course, the pipe bands themselves.
Music at Highland games gatherings also includes other forms, such as fiddling, harp circles and Celtic bands, usually, Kick off the games with some Friday night Kitchen Piping competitive fun!
Saturday’s events include: (1) Solo competitive bagpiping for beginners (Grade 5 practice chanter) through top level amateur pipers (Grade 1); and, (2) Piping workshop for beginner and intermediate pipers facilitated by a very special guest piper! Sunday’s events include: (1) Solo piobaireachd bagpiping (Grade 4 through Grade 2); and (2) Mother’s Day piping workshop for families with interested and novice pipers. All competitive events are sanctioned by the Western United States Pipe Band Association (WUSPBA), and follow the rules and guidelines set forth by the Western United States Pipe Band Association (WUSPBA).
Changes for the 2017
1 – Solo competition only (no quartets) 2 – Piping workshops on Sunday afternoon 3 – New location for piping venue (with it’s own Pipers Pub!) 4 – Kitchen Piping competition on Saturday night (with $100 cash prize)
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