St. Andrews Pipe Band

The St. Andrews Pipe Band: A Long-Standing Tradition

The St. Andrews Pipe Band. If you’ve heard about our university before, you’ve likely heard about this famous musical organization. It’s one of our university’s most visible organizations. The band’s appearances at competitions, Scottish Highland games, festivals, and other cultural events place it in front of thousands of people every year. Begun in 1991 as a project of our Scottish Heritage Center, the St. Andrews Pipe Band is one of the top-competing bands in the southern United States. Members include students from throughout the United States and Canada.

Notable Achievements

Our pipe band is a member of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association and has successfully competed in Grade III since 1999. This grade is the highest level of competition in the Southeastern United States. In 2006 the band was honored as the EUSPBA Grade III Southern Branch Champion after winning the March, Strathspey, and Reel and Medley contests at the Loch Norman Highland Games. The band’s recordings have been featured on programs on both National Public Radio and BBC Radio Scotland.

Join the St. Andrews Pipe Band

Are you interested in becoming a member of our pipe band? You can be a part of this award-winning organization and represent St. Andrews at competitions and performances across the southeastern United States. You can fill out our questionnaire to get more information about this organization. We’ll ask you to provide some information about yourself and your musical career.

Pipe Band Repertoire

4/4 Marches

  • Scotland the Brave
  • The 51st Highland Division
  • The Crusader’s March
  • At Long Last
  • The Gardens of Skye

3/4 Marches

  • The Brigade at Magersfontein
  • The Green Hills of Tyrol

Competition Medley

  • Full Force
  • Scarce of Tatties
  • Am Breamatain Tobhain Dubh
  • Dean Cadalan Samhach
  • Dean Cadalan Samhach Swing
  • Chuir A’ Gluin Air A Bhodach
  • Captain Horne
  • The Merry Boys of Greenland
  • Ceapavan (Harris Dance)

Drum Fanfare

  • Salute to Max Rayne, by Alex Duthart

Special/Ceremonial/Church Tunes

  • Amazing Grace
  • Highland Cathedral

6/8 Marches

  • John D. Burgess
  • Angus MacKinnon

9/8 Marches

  • The Battle of Somme
  • The Heights of Dargai

Gaelic Set

  • Tha Mi Sgith
  • Donald MacLeod (hornpipe)
  • Heman Dubh
  • The Four Seniors (reel)
  • Heman Dubh (reprise)

Competition March, Strathspey, and Reel

  • Mrs. John MacColl
  • The Calendonian Canal
  • Alec C. MacGregor

Tuning Tunes

  • Lakeside Legacy
  • I Would Surprisingly Return

Own the Pipe Band Album, Ceilidh Knight

You can listen to the sounds of our legendary pipe band anytime you want when you purchase our album title Ceilidh Knight. This album was recorded live in Avinger Auditorium at St. Andrews University. You can buy a CD album for $20, including postage and handling. Please send a check for $20 payable to St. Andrews Presbyterian College Pipe Band to:

Bill Caudill

Director, the Scottish Heritage Center

St. Andrews University

1700 Dogwood Mile

Laurinburg, NC 28352-5598