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Macalester College Pipe Band

Congratulation to the Grade 3 band on winning Champion Supreme in the Midwest Pipe Band Association for the 2023 season.

The Macalester College Pipe Band is comprised of students, faculty, alumni, and community members, who are all dedicated to playing the bagpipes and drums at the highest level.

From concerts to competitions to parades and celebrations, the Macalester College Pipe Band prides itself on putting on a high quality, entertaining performance that will spark your Celtic spirit and leave you wanting more. The band partners with highland dancers and other special guests to bring you the best in traditional and contemporary Celtic music and dance.

Upcoming Events


Saturday April 6th-Both bands will be competing at the Winnipeg Scottish Festival in Winnipeg, Canada

Sunday April 7th We will be participating in the Macalester Sunday Service at Westminster Presbyterian in Minnespolis

Sunday April 14th 2pm Spring Concert!

Saturday April 27th We will be participating in pregame festivities as the MN Loons game

Saturday May 11th 10:30am 2024 Macalester College Commencement

June 6-9 Macalester Reunion Weekend We will be adding piping and drumming to a variety of events

June 14-15 Chicago Highland Games

Saturday July 13th MN Scottish Fair at Macalester College!

Sunday August 11th European Championships Perth Scotland Grade 3 band

Saturday April 17th World Pipe Band Championships Grade 3 band

Learn to Play Bagpipes!

Bagpipe Lessons are available to all Macalester Students at no cost!

No experience necessary and beginners are highly encouraged to give it a try! This Fall semester all lessons will take place in person or n zoom if you prefer. Everyone begins lessons on a practice chanter, which is what you use to learn the fingerings. The practice chanter is pretty quiet and can be played in your dorm room or apartment without bothering the neighbors.  To sign up for a time email [email protected]

Contact Us

Michael Breidenbach
Director of Piping

For information about:

  • event details
  • hiring the band or a solo piper
  • learning the pipes or the drums
  • joining the band