Bands, Pipes & Drums

The Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games offers competitions for bagpipers, drummers, and full bands.

Pipers will play marches and piobaireachd tunes(pronounced pea-brook). Piobaireachd is an ancient form of bagpipe music which starts with a simple melody and builds from that base to more complex musical movements. They will also play Strathspeys (a dance tune), and Reels (more dance music). Drummers compete with March sets. Competitors are judged on the ability to stay in tune and the ability to play with precision.

The Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games offers three levels of Band Competition:
Grade V (the entry level), Grade IV and Grade III. Bands will compete in a marked circle on the competition field and will play a medley of Marches, Strathspeys and Reels, as well as standard March sets. Bands are judged on proper starts and stops, musicality, ability to stay in tune, and precision of play.

Spectators are encouraged and welcomed to watch any of the competitions. Competitions take place on the softball field, where elevated stand seating is available to insure you can see all the action.

 

For questions, please contact Director of Piping and Drumming John Rose at  

piperofrose@gmail.com or

 (865) 310-2766


The Piping Workshop

For 2017 we are again offering the very popular Piping Workshop which will be held on the Maryville College campus in Thaw Hall on Sunday, May 21, 2017.   The instructor is James McIntosh, MBE.  Fee is $30 and space is still available.  There will be breakfast with the instructor and breakout sessions throughout the morning.  Entries will be taken from the field on Saturday.  Contact Andrew Kerr in person at the games.  Make checks payable to SMSFG
 

Workshop Contact: Andrew Kerr
Email: piperakerr@yahoo.com
Cell: (865) 805-8788

 

 

 

 

 

2016 EUSPBA Competition Results