Reheasring this summer under a double rainbow!

Congratulations to the Grade 3 pipe band for winning 2nd place at the Midwest Championships!


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


Chicago Highland Games June 18th Itasca, Il

The grade 3 and grade 5 bands will both be competing

Saturday September 3rd Wisconsin Highland Games in Waukesha WI

The grade 3 and grade 5 bands will both be competing

Football Games

Sept 10th 6pm

Sept 24th 7pm

Oct 15th 1pm

Oct 22nd 1pm

Nov 5th 1pm


Sunday April 16th Macalester Sunday at Westminster Presbyterian Church Mpls 10:30

Saturday May 13th Commencement

June 8-11 Reunion Weekend at Macalester College


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

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