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 Pipe Band.

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 civic events in and around the city each year including the Annual Remembrance Day Parade, one of the biggest in the country. The Band takes bookings to play at festivals, street parades and other events, here and abroad, and fees charged for these performances go towards providing equipment, instruments, rehearsal-hall rent, uniforms and travel costs.

The band is open to everyone and while some of us have Scottish roots more than half of our members are from the South West. Experienced Pipers and Drummers studying or working in the area will find a ready welcome.

Beginners in piping or drumming are very welcome. We will help with instruction but we expect considerable application and you will need to be able to travel independently (or with a parent or guardian) to the 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.

The pandemic has disrupted our practice and performance schedule, but we are preapring for a return to some form of normality, so please do contact us if you have any questions about joining the band or booking us for a performance.


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.


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