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 bands confirmed for the 2012 event are the 3 and 4 Grade bands from the City of Sacramento Pipe Band and Reno’s own Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band.
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
the 82nd 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 San Francisco City Hall.
They have competed in bagpipe competitions in Long Beach, Pleasanton, Campbell, Woodland, Monterey, Portland, Costa Mesa, Las Vegas and Ireland. The Irish Pipers Band has been the guest band at the Peace Officer’s Memorial service in Sacramento.
The band is led by Pipe Major Mike LeBoeuf and drum sergeant Art Capperauld. The band wears the County Wexford tartan and is sponsored by Bushmills.
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
Formed in 1989 by Liz Tubbs and the late Clutch Sutton, the City of Sacramento Pipe band boasts more than 20 playing members in different groups. A 501(c)3 educational non-profit, they compete regionally with great success and have been a part of the Reno Celtic Celebration for many years.
The Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band is an all volunteer organization and has served Nevada, Northern California and the surrounding areas for almost 50 years. For most of those years, it was Northern Nevada’s only pipe band and we were the first to represent Nevada in Scotland at the World Championships in 2005, 2008, and again just recently in August, 2011.
Solo Piping Competition
The solo piping competition will occur on the morning of Saturday, October 5, 2013. Registration begins at 9:00am and competition begins at 9:30am. The competition is sanctioned by the Western United States Bag Pipping Association (WUSBPA).
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.