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Andrew's Tips: Top North American Pipe Bands

By Andrew T. Lenz, Jr., Santa Cruz, California, ©2009-2018

Prince Charles Pipe Band (Grade II, 2009) of WUSPBA

Below is a list of Grade I and Grade II pipe bands in North America—currently, these bands are only found in the United States and Canada.

North American piping associations with links to their band listing (if available):

Alberta Society of Pipers and Drummers (ASPD) No band listing page on their site, see results.

Atlantic Canada Pipe Band Association (ACPBA)

British Columbia Pipers' Association (BC Pipers) Listing may be out of date.

Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA) PDF file

Mid-West Pipe Band Association (MWPBA)

Prairie Pipe Band Association of Manitoba (PPBAM)

Pipers' & Pipe Band Society of Ontario (PPBSO) Band listing linked at left of PPBSO page.

Saskatchewan Pipe Band Association (SPBA)

Southern United States Pipe Band Association (SUSPBA) Click on "member bands" at left. Listing is not always current.

Western United States Pipe Band Association (WUSPBA)

Please note that not all associations maintain their band lists with the same degree of vigilance! The list below was compiled after talking with bnad members of the various associations since some lists were either unavailable, unmaintained, or not updated to reflect new band gradings.

ASPD n/a
ACPBA 78th Highlanders Halifax Citadel
BC Pipers Simon Fraser University Pipe Band Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band
EUSPBA n/a  
PPBSO Scottish Lion-78th Fraser Highlanders
Toronto Police Pipe Band
SPBA n/a
Grade I: 5 bands

ASPD Rocky Mountain Pipe Band North Stratton Pipe Band
ACPBA Fredericton Society of Saint Andrew Pipe Band
BC Pipers Portland Metro Pipe Band Robert Malcolm Memorial II
EUSPBA Atlanta Pipe Band City of Dunedin Pipe Band
Great Lakes Pipe Band

MacMillan Pipe Band

New York Metro Pipe Band

St Thomas' Alumni Pipe Band

Worcester Kiltie Pipe Band


MWPBA Greater Midwest Pipe Band Midlothian Scottish
PPBAM Saint Andrew's Society of Winnipeg Pipe Band
PPBSO Durham Regional Police Pipe Band Glengarry Pipe Band
Hamilton Police Pipes & Drums

Peel Regional Police Pipe Band

400 Squadron Pipe Band
SPBA City of Regina Pipe Band
WUSPBA Cameron Highlanders Prince Charles Pipe Band
Los Angeles Scots Pipe Band

Wasatch & District Pipe Band

Irish Pipers of San Francisco Queen City Pipe Band
Grade II: 25 bands

In 2010, there were 11 Grade I bands and 18 Grade II bands in North America.

In 2018, there were 5 Grade I bands and 27 Grade II bands in North America.

The above list is believed to be accurate for the 2018 competition season. If you are aware of any changes, please contact me so I may update this page.

This page last updated Monday, May 7, 2018.
Page first created in November 29, 2009.

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