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

The Reno Celtic Celebration, in conjunction with the Western United States Pipe Band Association, is conducting a FULL PIPE BAND Competition for our 25th games!


Western United States Pipe Band Association Main Website 

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

Western Nevada Pipe Band Association Reno Celtic Event Registration

Here are the competing groups for our inaugural piping competition:

Jefferson Pipe Band

The Jefferson Pipe Band is the premier pipe band in the extreme Northern California/Southern Oregon region. Their members come from the Redding, California and Medford, Oregon areas and their name refers to the name of the State that almost was. Their mission is to promote the music of the Great Highland Bagpipe through performances in parades, at concerts, weddings, funerals, memorial services and other special occasions throughout “The State of Jefferson”. Their Pipe Majors are Becky Saraceno and Bob Skinner and their Drum Sergeants are Molly Skinner and Bryan Jeffs.

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 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, http://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.

Utah Pipe Band

The Utah Pipe Band was formed in 1957 by Robert S. Barclay, and is still under the direction of the Barclay family today. They are the oldest continuously organized Scottish bagpipe band in the Western United States. The band competed in major pipe band competitions throughout the Western United States and played for Coca Cola’s 100th Anniversary in Atlanta, Georgia and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. They have a troupe of award winning highland dancers who travel and perform with them. Members of the band come from Northern Utah.

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
2/4 March
Slow Air/March (32 bar min.)

Grade III Piping
2/4 March
6/8 March

Grade II Piping

Solo Piping Competition Application/Registration Form

Please let us know if you have any other questions.