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The Pipe Band Opening The Games

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Page last updated: 24 August 2017


Piping Events

Information for Competitors

  • Please pay entrance to the park, at the gate.
  • Registration after entry is FREE and should be made in the competition secretary's tent. This is the large white tent to the right of the main arena, as you come in.
  • Juniors' piping registration will remain open until 1500. This will allow junior competitors, with morning band commitments, to take part.
  • The draw, as usual, will be for Piobaireachd and will be made in the competition secretary's tent at around 11.00am (just before the competition starts). The MSR will run in the same order as the Piobaireachd, but will start half way down the list. This prevents any conflicting performance requirements between the competitions.
  • Piping starts with the Piobaireachd shortly after the draw.
  • All other Piping competitions start at 12.00am.


  • The MSR stage is located half way down on the left side of the main arena.
  • Juniors and Senior Jig perform on the same stage, and will be fitted in as they become available. Their stage is located at the bottom left corner of the games field.
  • The Piobaireachd stage is located at the bottom right corner of the games field.

We are always grateful for feedback and ideas.

I very much look forward to meeting you on the day.

The Great Scottish Bagpipe is a powerful and successful wind instrument with unique qualities. In its present familiar form the bagpipe was undoubtedly "made in Scotland", but it is also the descendant of an ancient wind instrument family with worldwide distribution and remote origins. It is thought to have originated in Egypt where a simple chanter and drone were played together. Later, a bag made of skin was used and this fitted with a blowpipe made a primitive form of the modern bagpipe. Almost certainly the bagpipe was played and heard in England before Scotland. Early sources describe kings and nobles paying pipers in Scotland for their music in the 14th century. It seems to have become a home-grown instrument in the 15th century. It flourished as the principle instrument of an assertive, confident and successful Gaelic culture.

Piper warming up before competing

Pipe Band Performances

The Games are opened by the Blairgowrie, Rattray & District pipe band who march from Dunkeld, over the Dunkeld Bridge and into the games park. At intervals throughout the day the band will perform in the main arena.

Blairgowrie and District Pipe Band

Solo Piping Competitions

Our Piping Competition is split into two categories;

  1. Light Music - In the light music category the competitors perform Marches, Strathspey's, Reels and Jigs. The tunes played are of the pipers own choice.
  2. Piobaireachd - The word Piobaireachd or Ceol Mor translated means literally pipe playing or pipe music but for 100 years or more it has been used as the name for a piece of classical music written only for the Great Highland Bagpipe. The Piobaireachd consists of a theme with variations throughout. The performer must make the piece of music, pipers own choice, interesting by playing with great feeling and self-expression whilst being technically correct and producing a sound which is pleasing to the ear.

There are separate Light Music Competitions for junior pipers where the pipers of the future compete and hone their skills, carrying the music and traditions of the Great Highland Bagpipe forwards for future generations.

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