Pipe Bands & Drum Majors

DSC_0231Pipe bands play a major part in all highland games and Bute is no exception, ordinarily attracting numerous bands from near and far to add to the stirring atmosphere of the Games.  In the past we have hosted the British, Scottish as well as the Branch Championships.

The Bute Highland Games’ Pipe Bands’ Competition is carried out under the auspices of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) and run by the Glasgow & West of Scotland Branch.  All bands need to be registered with the RSPBA in order to compete and there are normally competitions in each of the following RSPBA grades:

Novice Juvenile
Grades 1, 2, 2 MSR, 3, 4 and 4 MSR
Drum Majors
Marching & Discipline

Further details can be obtained from the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association’s website – www.rspba.org.

The bands’ names; names of their pipe majors and respective tartans; together with the selection of music to be performed, are published by grade and start time in our annual Games’ programme available for purchase on the day. Each grade features a selection of trophies and cash prizes for the winners and the placed bands.

The RSPBA selects the judges for the competitions consisting of a minimum of a piping judge,  a drumming judge, an ensemble judge and a drum major judge. One of the criteria to be a judge is the need to have been  a member of a Grade 1 winning band.


A wide range of trophies, shields, quaichs, bowls and cups are competed for on the day.



Any pipe band or drum major wishing to enter the competition should in the first instance contact:

Nigel Greeve
Glasgow and West of Scotland Branch of the RSPBA
45 Washington Street
Glasgow G3 8AZ

Tel.No.  –  0141 221 5414
Email  –  nigel@becsystems.co.uk

Entries normally close by the end of July.

If further assistance is required please contact our local convenor …

Douglas Lyle
Tel.No.  –  07765 864038
Email  –  bigdougielyle@gmail.com