Denver and District Pipe Band

Welcome to the Denver and District Pipe Band, a Scottish bagpipe band with talented and colorful Highland and Irish dance corps. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering and promoting Celtic arts and culture, and helping our members to grow as musicians and dancers.

We perform regularly throughout the Denver metropolitan area and occasionally in other parts of the state and outside the state as well. Please see our event schedule for a list of our upcoming performances.

We invite anyone that is interested in playing or dancing in a bagpipe band to visit us. We welcome experienced players, and teach beginners. Please see information on our rehearsal page to find out more. Contact someone in the band for more information.

Make your next event unforgettable by including the Denver and District Pipe Band as part of your plans. The band performs at parades, concerts, shows, ceremonies, memorials, and numerous other events in the Denver metropolitan area as well as throughout Colorado. We are experienced performers that deliver professional experiences in a variety of settings, circumstances and occasions.

We are available for hire (as solo piper, mini-band or full band) for your private or public function. A successful grade 4 competitive pipe band in the Western United States Pipe Band Association, we compete successfully across the Western United States. We are one of the only bands in the United States to have both Highland and Irish dance sections.

About The Band

The band was formed in November, 2009 as the result of the merger of the City of Denver Pipe Band and the Colorado Isle of Mull/St Andrew Pipes and Drums. The merger was envisioned to create a single band where talented dancers and musicians could come together to create a strong, viable and lasting presence. We are always seeking interested members, and offer lessons to individuals wanting to learn to play the bagpipes, drum, or to dance.

About Bagpipes

No instrument is as instantly recognized as the bagpipes. There are dozens of different types of bagpipes, but when people hear the word 'bagpipes', they think often think of Scotland and of the Great Highland Bagpipe or GHB.

About Scottish Drumming

Scottish drumming is a unique and demanding discipline. It borrows elements from Swiss and American rudimental drumming, traditional Scottish musical idioms, and jazz phrasings. The goal of any competitive bagpipe band is to field a highly competitive drum corps in the Scottish competition circles.

Music

The Denver and District Pipe Band plays a wide variety of traditional and contemporary music that is suitable for any occasion. Marches, slow airs, strathspeys, reels and jigs will lighten your heart and set your feet to tapping. We also play music for performances of our colorful and talented Highland and Irish dancers.

Competition Quick March Medley

Miss Lorraine Symington
The Pikeman's March
The Shoals of Herring

Competition Time Limit Medley

13 Fredrick Street
Cha Til MacCrimmon
Aspen Bank
John Keith Laing
Paddy Be Easy

Parade Sets

City of Hastings Pipe Band/Scotland the Brave
Cabar Feidh/Farewell to Nigg
The Green Hills of Tyrol/When the Battle's O'er
Wearin' of the Green/Roddy McCorley/Minstrel Boy

Dance Sets

Heights of Dargai
Leaving Port Askaig
The Braes of Mar/Molly Connell (Strathspeys)
The Duck (Jig)
Honey in the Bag (Jig)
Gar the Rigger (Reel)
Wearin' of the Green/Roddy McCorley/Minstrel Boy
St Patrick's Day

Other

Amazing Grace
Highland Cathedral
Mist Covered Mountains
Longueval
Charlie Macdonald
Auld Lang Syne
Suo Gan

And dozens of other tunes played by our solo pipers.

Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the more common questions we get. Please don't hesitate to contact us directly if you have a question that you do not see answered here.

Where and when can I see the band perform?

Please refer to the Calendar on for our schedule.

How do I join?

Showing up or talking with the someone in the band leadership is the best place to start. We can give you a run down on what you will have to do in person easier. Please contact directly us for more information

Do I have to be Scottish or Irish to be part of the band?

Absolutely not. We pretty much accept anyone and everyone that has a passion for what we do.

Does the band provide uniforms and instruments?

The band provides the majority of the uniform, including kilts, sporrans, vests, belts, and some other smaller items. The member will be responsible for some items, such as uniform shirts, hose, and glengarry. The band buys some of these items in bulk and sells them to the member at cost, in order to make sure no one is using things that don't quite match the other members.

The band provides drums, carriers and cases. Drummers must buy their own sticks and practice pads. Tenor and Bass mallets are provided by the band.

The members provide their own bagpipes, however, the band does supply a matched chanter and chanter reeds, bag covers and cords.

What tartan does the band wear?

Eventually the band will wear the Modern MacCallum tartan. At present we are still in a variety of different tartans, although a majority of them will be the Sutherland tartan previously worn by the City of Denver Pipe Band and the Weathered MacLean of Duart previously worn by the Isle of Mull Pipes and Drums.

How can I hire the band? How Much?

Please contact us for more detailed information. The price and availability of the band depends upon a lot of things from when and where the event takes place, what kind of group is being hired, and how much time the event will require.

What are the band dues?

The band asks members to pay $25 per year to cover some administrative costs.

When and where does the band meet?

The band meets 6:30 PM Monday evenings at St James, Episcopal Church, 6:30 at 8235 W 44th Ave, Wheat Ridge, Colo.

Does the band pay to travel to competitions?

The band traditionally covers a small portion of the travel expenses, but the majority is the responsibility of the members. This policy is variable depending upon the state of the bands treasury. For bigger trips, dedicated fund-raising efforts may be planned to provide more assistance.

Does the band take beginners? Does the band teach bagpiping, drumming, or dancing?

Yes, beginners are welcome. The band teaches prospective members, please contact us directly for more specific information.

Denver and District Pipe Band History

In the spring of 2009, both the City of Denver Pipe Band and the Colorado Isle of Mull/St Andrew Pipes and Drums were again experiencing a lack of personnel which was causing difficulty in meeting competition goals, and performance expectations. Key members of both bands met to discuss a possible merger. Each band had their genesis as a result of the merger of other bands, even though it had been many years ago.

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City of Denver Pipe Band History

The original City of Denver Pipe Band was formed around 1967. Charter members include Stu Brann, Ed Caren, Mike Connell, Tony Ciufo, Sam Grier, Joan Hart, Howard Long, and Chris Woodbury.

In 1968 or 1969 another band, the Black Watch of Colorado, was also formed. In 1973 the name of the Black Watch of Colorado was changed to The Sutherland Highlanders of Colorado. Not long after that happened, the City of Denver Pipe Band and the Sutherland Highlanders determined that neither band had enough members to remain viable, so they merged into a single band. The newly merged band retained the name of the City of Denver Pipe Band. Since the Sutherland Highlanders had more kilts, the Sutherland kilt was used.

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Colorado Isle of Mull/St Andrew Pipes and Drums History

The Colorado Isle of Mull/St. Andrew Pipes and Drums was formed in 1987 when two smaller bands – the Colorado Isle of Mull and the St. Andrew Pipes and Drums – joined together. The band derived its name not only from the St. Andrew Society of Colorado, but also from the Isle of Mull, off the southwest coast of Scotland. The band adopted the MacLean of Duart tartan. Duart Castle, still owned and occupied by the MacLeans, is a dominant feature of the island.