The band in warmer days among palm trees in Pleasanton, Ca.

Congratulations to Zippa Curiskis ’25 on winning Champion Supreme in the Midwest Pipe Band Association in grade 1.  She won both Light Music and Piobaireachd.

The Grade 3 band placed 2nd at the Wisconsin Highland Games, and tied for 1st in Champion Supreme band for the 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


The Grade 3 band will be competing in Pleasanton California at the 157th Highland Games sponsored by the Caledonian Club of San Fransciso on Sept 2 and 3.


We proudly lead the football team onto the field for their home games.

Here is the schedule for this fall

Sat Sept 2nd 6pm

Sat Sept 30th 1pm

Sat Oct 7th 7pm

Sat Nov 4th 1pm

Sat Nov 11th 1pm


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