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


Spring Concert Sunday April 16th 3pm!  Mairs Concert Hall

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

Saturday May 13th Commencement

June 8-11 Reunion Weekend at Macalester College

Grade 5 will be competing in Winnipeg Canada on Saturday April 1st

June 3rd Grade 3 and 5  will compete in Milwaukee

June 17th Grade 3 and 5 will be compete in Chicago


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