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For over 25 years, the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts has provided a world-class education to students within our community and around the world.

Building on the vision of our late founder Scott MacAulay, the College now enters into a new era of excellence. We have already raised initial funding of $2,700,000 and designed a modern facility that will provide new opportunities for enhanced learning, culture, and community.

The new Performing Arts Education Centre is equipped to facilitate the growing needs of students, faculty, and programming. Each space is carefully designed to invite hard work, inspire dedication and provide opportunity to o er more programming — and to more students — than ever before.

We invite you, our neighbors, to join us in a combined e ort of public, private and corporate partnership to make this project a reality. Let’s work together and empower generations to come. Let’s work together and build the Performing Arts and Education Centre.

Questions? Call us for more information.

Business Manager
The College of Piping and Performing Arts of Canada
619 Water Street East
Summerside, PEI C1N 4H8

Office: (902) 436-5377
Email: roger.downie@collegeofpiping.com

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.
  • 1st place in Grade 4B at the 2017 World Pipe Band Championships and World Champions for 4B.

In 2017, all three bands were each awarded the title of Champion Supreme by the ACPBA for their grades. This past summer the Grade 4 and Grade 2 bands travelled to compete at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. The Grade 4 band placed fifth in their qualifying heat and placed first in their grade of 4B. They were announced World Champions for Grade 4B!  The Grade 2 band placed second in their qualifying heat and came tenth overall with the drum corps placing sixth overall.

Coupled with these accomplishments are numerous awards from Atlantic Canada, Quebec and the Western and 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 2018. Each band has added new members to their ranks, new music is being learned and new friends are being made. The Grade 4 band has also moved up to Grade 3 for the new season.

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