The Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships

The Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships

The second Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships is to be held at Broughton High School, Edinburgh on Sunday 9 March 2014.

Pipe Band

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 – for competing non-RSPBA school bands
• Debut – for first timer school bands
• Quartet – by invitation only


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

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. Interested in competing in a Guitar championship? If so be sure to visit: to get your guitar training started.

Band Contest Rules



The purpose of the Championships is to promote piping and highland drumming in schools at all levels and, in particular, the development of school pipe bands.

Contest Rules


General Conditions

The inaugural competition will be held indoors at Broughton High School, Edinburgh on Sunday 10 March 2013. It will be for full Pipe Bands (as opposed to the Mini Band format normally associated with indoor competitions), and is intended to become an annual event.

The competition is being supported by The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) but will not be an RSPBA competition; consequently competitors will not require to be registered with the RSPBA. The competition will be based on the format for RSPBA Juvenile and Novice Juvenile Pipe Bands at Major Championships, but there will also be separate lower level categories for Junior Pipe Bands (i.e. pipe bands still at a basic level and with very limited competition experience) and for Debut Pipe Bands (i.e. those with no experience of competitions). There will also be provision, by invitation, for a Quartet Piping competition for schools with pipers but no drummers. Therefore there will be five separate categories or grades of competition:

Juvenile Pipe Bands

Novice Juvenile Pipe Bands

Junior Pipe Bands

Debut Pipe Bands

Quartet Piping

With the exception of the Debut Pipe Band and Quartet Piping categories, the number of players in each Pipe Band must comprise a minimum of six Pipers, two Snare Drummers and one Bass Drummer. There will be no maximum limit of players. A minimum of six players including one drummer will be allowed in the Debut Pipe Band category. Players may only compete with one band on the day. With schools entering more than one Quartet, three of the four players must be different in each.

All players will require to be pupils at a school in Scotland but an adult Pipe Major will be allowed if desired. The name(s) of the school(s) must be specified. All school players must be under age 18 as at 1 March 2013, but pupils who have left school within the previous six months may also participate. No school pupil will be allowed to play in more than one of the competing pipe bands, but adult Pipe Majors may perform with more than one competing band. The competition is also open to groups of schools combining to form a single band, so long as combined schools are based within the same Education Authority. Consideration will be given in future years to allowing bands from outside Scotland to participate.

Competition Playing Requirements

The playing requirements for each category or grade will be:

Juvenile Pipe Bands

One March, Strathspey and Reel (each with a minimum of four parts)

Novice Juvenile Pipe Bands

Four x two-parted 2/4 Marches selected from tunes published by the RSPBA.

Junior Pipe Bands

Two x two-parted 2/4 Marches selected from tunes published by the RSPBA, or one x four- parted 2/4 March (own choice).

Debut Pipe Bands

Any two x two-parted tunes in Quick March time signature (i.e. 2/4.3/4, 6/8 or 9/8).

Quartet Piping

Two x two-parted 2/4 Marches selected from tunes published by the RSPBA.


The RSPBA published list of two-parted 2/4 Marches comprises:

Auchmountain’s Bonnie Glen

Atholl and Breadalbane Gathering

Australian Ladies

Campbell’s Farewell to Redcastle

Corriecholies’s 43rd Welcome to the Northern Meeting

Greenwood Side

I’ll Gang Nae Mair Tae Yon Toon

Jenny’s Bawbee

MacKay’s Farewell to the 74th

McKenzie Highlanders

Men of Argyll

Mhari Bhan

Pipe Major William Ross’s Farewell to the Scots Guards

Rantin’ Rovin’ Robin


The 25th KOSB’s Farewell to Meerut

The 72nd Highlanders Farewell to Aberdeen

The Brown Haired Maiden

The Drunken Piper

The Earl of Mansfield

The Pipers Cave

The Sweet Maid of Glendaruel

The RSPBA requirement is that these tunes should be played to a “Spirited and Lively” style and interpretation. The definition of “Spirited and Lively” which was given to RSPBA Pipe Bands was “rhythmic and expressive with clarity of execution, and good dynamic and musical effect”.


The competition will be adjudicated by RSPBA-approved Adjudicators. The adjudication team will be as for RSPBA Major Championships (i.e. two Piping Adjudicators, one Drumming Adjudicator and one Ensemble Adjudicator).

Entry Fee

There will be no entry fee.