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!
If you (your band) are a member of the Association, registration can be completed here:
Pipe Band competition will be Saturday, October 7 starting at 1:30pm and going until 3pm. Winners will be announced at the closing ceremony for Saturday at 4pm.
Sunday (10/8), Pipe Bands will perform in the competition area (near the top of the park after crossing the bridge), during the Celebration.
Here are the competing groups for:
Jefferson Pipe Band
Emerald Society Pipe Band
Located In Ripon Ca, The Emerald Society Pipe Band is the premier pipe band in the central valley. They play at events throughout Calif including: Bakersfield, Fresno,Oakdale, Modesto, Merced, San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Stockton, Sonora, Murphy’s,and other locations. They offer free instruction in piping and drumming ages 7 and older no music experience required.
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 www.ipbsf.org.
Prince Charles Junior Pipe Band
The Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band found its origins as the Reno Police Department Pipe Band and in 1961 officially formed and became incorporated and is now one of the oldest on the West Coast. In 2011, the Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band celebrated their 50th anniversary. They also honored the tradition of pipes and drums in Nevada by teaming up with pipers and drummers from all over Nevada, and then competed at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland in 2012. The band wears the MacKay tartan, in honor of Irish immigrant John Mackay, an early Nevada settler and miner in the Comstock Lode (during the 1870’s), where he made his fortune. The Mackay School of Mining and Mackay Stadium at UNR are also named for him.
Solo Piping Competition
The solo piping competition will occur on the morning of Saturday, October 7, 2017. Competition begins at 8:00am and goes until noon. 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
Slow Air/March (32 bar min.)
Grade III Piping
Grade II Piping
Please let us know if you have any other questions.