Virginia Scottish Games - August 31 & September 1, 2013

Pipes & Drums

2012 Piping & Drumming Entry

Piping & Drumming Schedule 2012


2011 Results:

Pipe Band Scores 2011

Individual Piping & Drumming Scores 2011

The bagpipes are very ancient instruments and there are references to them in Chinese, Persian, Greek and Roman folklore dating at least as far back as 2,000 years. It is believed that they were used in Scotland as early as 100 Ad and the piper came to be held in higher esteem in Scotland than anywhere else. By the year 1000, the bagpipes were popular throughout Scotland and by 1500, every clan chieftain worthy of the name had a piper who would stay with his family. The pipes were banned along with the tartan and the kilt by the English. The English feared the stirring effect of the pipes on Scottish emotions.

The bagpipe consists of six distinct parts: the bag (made of cloth-covered sheepskin), the Chanter with eight finger holes (9 notes), the blow-pipe with a valve to prevent the air from coming back out of the bag while the piper is taking a breath, and three drones (one bass and two tenor). Each drone has a single reed, while the chanter has a double reed. The piper plays by inflating the bag enough to sound the drones, then placing the bag under his arm and maintaining enough pressure to sound the chanter where the melody is played. Elbow pressure on the bag forces air through the double reed like that of an oboe to make the actual sound.

There are three general categories of music for the highland bagpipe: Ceol Mor (big music), Ceol Meadhonach (middle music) and Ceol Beag (little music). Ceol Mor is the classical and oldest form of pipe music often referred to today as Piobairachd. "Piobaire" means piper and "eached" means pipe playing or music. Marches, strathspeys, reels, hornpipes and jigs are also played on the pipes.

For information about Piping in the United States look here:
Eastern United States Pipe Band Association


 Pipes & Drums 2010 Results


  2013 Dates will be August 31 - September 1, 2013 

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