Grade 5 after placing 2nd at the Wisconsin Highland Games

Congratulations to Ben Mathers ’17 for receiving the Tobin-Smith Award for piping this year.

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

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 via zoom. 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.  This fall you will receive your chanter in the mail or your SPO.   All practice chanters and books will be brand new and thoroughly sanitized before being used. To sign up for a time email

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