Pipes & Drums


Perhaps one of the most recognized elements of the Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival & Games is the presentation of the Pipes and Drums. With a history as rich as the Scottish land itself, the parade and marching beat of pipes and drums conjure up images and emotions that can also be very personal. There is nothing more emotive than a lone piper playing Amazing Grace, and nothing more exhilarating than an entire band playing a Highland March. And what is a pipe band without drummers? Drummers share a very important role in a bagpipe band and are very entertaining with their whirling and twirling sticks. You will not want to miss this!

Saturday features individual piping and drumming competition starting at 8:00 A.M. Massed bands will be the center of attention during the noon opening ceremonies. Band competition follows, starting at 1:30 P.M. You will be treated to more massed bands during the awards ceremonies, starting at 5:00 P.M.

On Sunday, bands and individual pipers will roam the Festival grounds, providing the sights and sounds that make for a lifetime of memories. Sunday's Festival comes to its conclusion with the Parade Of Tartans and massed bands.