The Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships

Freestyle Musicianship Event

In 2014 the Freestyle event was innovative and exciting and saw some great performances.
You can check them out here: Freestyle Event Video

In 2015 this event is likely to be over subscribed with entrants – so if your school wants to give it a go get your entry in Now! Click here for the Entry Form

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Every school needs a pipe band


The Third Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships is to be held on Sunday March 8 at Broughton High School in Edinburgh and neighbouring Fettes College.

This is the biggest school’s piping event in the world – and we want to see your school there. If you have just formed a band – or have won the worlds there is a class for you – with a total of over £6000 in prize money.

There is a section for every school band – from those fresh from winning the world championships to a school having a go at competing for the first time.


  • Juvenile – for RSPBA registered school bands
  • Novice Juvenile – for RSPBA registered school bands
  • Junior A – for competing non RSPBA registered bands
  • Junior B – for bands that may only have competed in this event last year
  • Debut – for first timer school bands
  • Quartet – by invitation only
  • Freestyle Musicianship - for any participating band with an appetite for innovation and fun


  • Juvenile, Novice Juvenile, Junior A, Junior B and Debut: 1st £500, 2nd £300, 3rd £200.
  • Invitation Quartet: 1st £250, 2nd £150, 3rd £100.
  • Freestyle Musicianship Event: 1st £500, 2nd £250.



Innovation, musicality and fun are the key words of this category - it’s the only event of its kind in any piping competiton - and in 2014 it went down a storm – check out the rules here.

Click here for more information on the 'Freestyle Musicianship Event'.


Entry is free and there may be financial assistance for bands traveling long distances to attend the championships.

The Championships are being run with the blessing of the governing body of such events: The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association – but is not an official RSPBA event.

The rules are similar to RSPBA competitions – but the association has generously decided to waive the restriction on players registered with one band performing with another to allow those registered with non-school bands to pipe or drum for their school.

If you are interested in taking part as a school please click here to contact the championships administrator, Patrick Gascoigne.

Next Year's Championships

Sunday 8 March 2015

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Event Location
Broughton High School

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About Broughton High School


His Grace The Duke of Argyll

Mr Gordon Hamill - Chairman of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association

Mr Angus MacDonald OBE DL

Steering Committee

Mr David Johnston - Chairman

Mr Alistair Aitken OBE

Mr Barry Donaldson

Mr Angus Tulloch

Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Gascoigne MBE - Secretary

PMaj Douglas Murray – Championship Ambassador

PMaj Iain Macpherson – Championship Ambassador