Pipe Bands


The College of Piping Pipe Band’s history traces back to the Summerside Presbyterian Pipe Band which existed from 1963 to 1969, and reformed in 1986 as The Caledonian Pipe Band.  In 1990, the band became affiliated with The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada, and began to carry its name in 1993.

Based out of Summerside, Prince Edward Island, the organization boasts three competitive pipe bands. These bands compete in grades 2, 4 and 5 and are registered with The Atlantic Canada Pipe Band Association (ACPBA). Outside of the competitive realm, The College also has a development band. Here, students can learn the fundamentals of playing in a pipe band, while honing their skills on their instrument.  With a combined membership of almost 70 musicians, these three bands offer a fantastic opportunity for students of The College of Piping to compete and mature as players, while also giving them the opportunity to perform on stage in The College’s summer production, Highland Storm.

Aside from performing on our home stage, the College of Piping Pipe Bands can regularly be seen entertaining listeners at local and national and international events.

Since the band became affiliated with The College of Piping, some of its successes have included:

  • 4 North American Pipe Band Championship titles: 2011 (Grade 4), 2006 (Grade 4), 1995 (Grade 3) and 1994 (Grade 3)
  • 4th place in Grade 3B at the 2007 World Pipe Band Championships.
  • 5th place in Grade 3B at the 2012 World Pipe Band Championships.

In 2016, the Grade 2 and Grade 4 bands were each awarded the title of Champion Supreme by the ACPBA for their grades. The Grade 5 band finished second in a close race for their title. To finish off another successful year, all three bands travelled to Maxville, Ontario for the North American Pipe Band Championships.  Each of the bands performed very well, with the Grade 5 band placing 11th, the Grade 4 band placing 3rd and the Grade 2 band also placing 3rd in their respective competitions.

Coupled with these accomplishments are numerous awards from Atlantic Canada, Quebec and the Eastern United States. Many of the members of The College of Piping Pipe Bands are also award winning soloists, bringing home local, regional, national and international prizes for their respective grade level.

New challenges lie ahead for all of our bands in 2017. Each band has added new members to their ranks, new music is being learned and new friends are being made.  The Grade 4 and Grade 2 bands will be competing at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland on August 11th and 12th.

The College of Piping Pipe Bands are under the direction of Pipe Major James MacHattie, Pipe Sgt. Kylie MacHattie and Drum Sgt. Chris Coleman.

If you would like to hire The College of Piping Pipe Band for an upcoming event, or would like to make a donation to the band, please contact Chris Coleman for rates and availability.

 

Click the link to view our 2016/2017 Band Member Handbook

 

If you would like to hire The College of Piping Pipe Band for an upcoming event, or would like to make a donation to the band, please contact Chris Coleman for rates and availability.

College of Piping Highlights

2016 CoP Highlights Video: Marching to the Line

2015 CoP Highlights Video

2014 CoP Highlights Video

Glasgow Worlds 2014 Video

2013 CoP Highlights Video

2012 CoP Highlights Video