Pipes & Drums, Oh My!

Historically, the bagpipes are thought to be first traced back to pre-medieval times, possibly as far back as 1,300 BC.  There are clues to their existence at these times both in texts and pictures. The pipes stand in famed company in history with many believing that Nero of the Roman Empire was a fan and player of the pipes.  More solid evidence of their existence appears more frequently after 1000 AD. Appearing in the UK in Pictures and texts such as The Canterbury Tales of 1380.

Piob means “a pipe” in Scottish and pìob mhór means “a bagpipe” in Scottish, pronouced “peep vore.”

Most of us won’t make it past the traditional Gaelic pronunciations of the Great Highland Bagpipes For those who choose to pick up the Pipes and enter the uniquely complex and challenging world of becoming a “Piobaire”, that is just a tiny crack at the door of the journey to mastery.  Want to learn to play?  Find out more at www.tucsonbagpipes.com.

Please be sure to see performances by Arizona's very own Pipe Bands lead by 

Drum Major Kevin Conquest

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Pipe Band Registration for 2024 will open in July of 2024



Thank you to all those who participated in the 

2023 Solo Piping Comepition!


If you would like to make a donation directly to the Festival it will be greatly appreciated and will help share the fun and culture with our community! Please contact us at tucsoncelt1@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Go raibh maith agat!
(Thank you)