Pipe Bands and Competition

The bagpipes represent Celtic heritage like few things can. A rich part of our history, the Reno Celtic Celebration enjoys hosting pipe bands and solo pipers.

Pipe Band Competition

Updated for 2017!

The Reno Celtic Celebration, in conjunction with the Western United States Pipe Band Association, is conducting a FULL PIPE BAND Competition for our 27th games!


Western United States Pipe Band Association Main Website 

If you (your band) are a member of the Association, registration can be completed here:

Reno Celtic Event Registration – Pipe Bands

Here are the competing groups for our inaugural piping competition:

Jefferson Pipe Band


The Jefferson Pipe Band was formed in 1998 with members from both southern Oregon and northern California.  The band has competed before in Woodland, Pleasanton, Portland, Monterey, and Reno, and plans to travel to Glasgow Scotland in 2017 to compete at the World Pipe Band Championships.  Many band members compete in solo competitions, and the band performs at many memorials and fund-raising events.

City of Sacramento Pipe Band


The City of Sacramento Pipe Band was formed in the fall of 1989 by Liz Tubbs and the late Clutch Sutton. The band has been competing successfully since 1990 in grades III, IV and V. The band is currently under the direction of Pipe Major Liz Tubbs and drum instructor. Jane McPherson. The band is currently competing in Grades IV and V and has over 40 playing members. Children and adults are welcome to become a part of this non-profit educational group. Please contact Liz Tubbs for information on piping and drumming instruction, www.sacramentopipeband.org . Although the Band’s main focus is competing at Scottish Games and Festivals, large and small groups perform throughout Northern California for many different events. The Band relies solely on (tax deductible) donations, performances, competitions, and the generous time and commitment from its members and their families.

Garden Valey Pipe Band


The Garden Valley Pipe Band was established in 2015 in the heart of Utah County, Utah. Garden Valley members enjoy performing in parades, before Utah Valley University Soccer Games, for graduations and any time they can play together. We are a band focused on learning and enjoying the art of bag piping and drumming. Leading the band today is Emily Higinbotham, a beneficiary of the Band’s free classes and learning materials offered in-person and on line.  The band is a non-profit charity spreading the joy of piping and drumming far and wide for free.

Visit them at http://GardenValleyPipeBand.org.

Stewart Tartan Pipe Band


The Stewart Tartan Pipes & Drums was founded in San Francisco in January 1980.   The Stewart Tartan rehearses in the Southern San Francisco Bay Area.  They have performed at the PGA’ s President’s Cup, Oakland Raiders, and SF Giants PreGames, many parades, in addition to performing with The Chieftains, and most recently, “The Piano Guys”.   The Stewart Tartan offers both Grade 4 and Grade 5 bands. The band’s Sr Pipe Major is Dan Durller and Sr Drum Sergeant is Jeff Gordon.  The Band’s Drum Major is Paul Olson.
The Irish Pipers Band of San Francisco


The Irish Pipers Band of San Francisco was formed in 1932 and is the oldest continuously active Irish Pipe Band west of the Mississippi River.  This year marks their 84th anniversary.  Original members of the band were Irish immigrants who desired to maintain the piping traditions of their native land.  The band was a charter member of the Pacific Coast Pipe Band Association.The band played at the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge and at the groundbreaking ceremony for the United Irish Cultural Center.  The pipers played at the charter meeting for the founding of the United Nations.  They have also performed on national television with Gene Kelly and on stage with the Grammy award winning Chieftains.  The band has traditionally participated in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade as well as the raising of the Irish flag at City Hall.  They have competed in bagpipe competitions in Long Beach, Santa Rosa, Pleasanton, Campbell, Woodland, Monterey, Portland, Reno and Ireland.  The Irish Pipers Band has been the guest band at the Peace Officer’s Memorial service in Sacramento. The band wears the County Wexford tartan.  The Irish Pipers Band practices on Monday evenings at the United Irish Cultural Center in San Francisco located at 2700 45th Avenue near Sloat Blvd.  Students of all ages are welcome for free piping and drumming lessons. The web site is http://www.ipbsf.org.

Solo Piping Competition

The solo piping competition will occur on the morning of Saturday, October 7, 2017. Registration begins at 9:00am and competition begins at 9:30am. The competition is sanctioned by the Western United States Bag Pipping Association (WUSBPA). Below are categories, but all registration should be completed through the link above for the WUSBPA website. Thank you!

There are three categories available for solo piping :

Solo Piping Events:
Grade IV Piping
2/4 March
Slow Air/March (32 bar min.)

Grade III Piping
2/4 March
6/8 March

Grade II Piping

Please let us know if you have any other questions.