City of Bristol Pipes and Drums

City of Bristol Pipes and Drums

Welcome to the City of Bristol Pipes and Drums, the City of Bristol’s long-established Highland Pipe Band. The band is affilliated to the RSPBA - The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association and is one of the premier pipe bands in the South of England.

As a self-funded volunteer band with charitable objectives, our members receive no remuneration for band performances and, as the City of Bristol’s adopted pipe band, perform without charge at a number of civic events in and around the city each year. We are especially proud to play at key civic functions such as the Annual Remembrance Day Parade, one of the biggest in the country. Fees charged for other band performances go towards providing equipment, instruments, rehearsal-hall rent, uniforms and, on a few occasions, reimbursing travel costs.

We have players of all ages - from junior through to senior - and both male and female players are well represented. While many of us have Scottish connections (we currently have 11 Andrews) more than half of our members are from the Bristol Area. Experienced Pipers and Drummers studying or working in the local area will find a ready welcome.

Beginners in both piping and drumming are also very welcome. Instruction is offered but we expect considerable application and you will need to be able to travel independently to the evening practice sessions which are held each week in Bristol.

You can contact us to hire individual pipers and drummers or a small band for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries or funerals. The whole band can be hired for festivals, carnivals or sporting events. We have a busy program, with bookings often made a year in advance.


Play in the band

The band is always ready to welcome new members, whether you are a beginner or accomplished player.

Hire the band

Interested in hiring the band to play for your event? Please contact the band to find out more.


A Bristol based Scottish Highland Band

Highland bagpipes and drums

The City of Bristol Pipe and Drums Band has a unique place in the heart of Bristol. Learn a little more about our history, music and members.