CRPB Top Picks

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The Saskatchewan Pipe Band Association
  The SPBA sets the games rules for (both) Saskatchewan contests, distributes lottery monies to the bands, and runs an annual summer school

The National Piping Centre
This is THE place to hear and learn great piping in Glasgow. Director Roddy MacLeod MBE has a great staff, a superb bagpipe museum, and really fine hotel, restaurant, and concert accommodations.

BBC Scotland
Hear the BBC's piping programme "Pipeline" every Saturday. It's now available at any time for the week following each show!
Regina business that supplies Fred Morrison Reelpipes, smallpipes, and also Highland bagpipes by McCallum and Strathmore, as well as services, accessories and consulting for pipers and pipe bands.


Piping Business




McCallum Bagpipes
McCallum Bagpipes make great products, have terrific service, and do a lot to support and promote piping throughout the world. 

R.G. Hardie Bagpipes
The CRPB played "Henderson Band Chanters" designed by Alastair Dunn for a few years, and we have taken advantage of their great service for uniforms and custom items, such as our new cap badges.
Excellent chanter reeds made by Colin MacLellan. 

Strathmore Bagpipes
Murray Henderson has an exceptional range of bagpipes. Great tonal quality, beautiful wood turning, and gorgeous silver.

Begg Bagpipes
James Begg has been Scotland's premier bag maker for many years. He is the official bag supplier to the CRPB.

One of North America's top suppliers. The store is managed by Terry Lee, long-time (now retired) pipe major of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band.

Bruce Gandy Music
Bruce Gandy offers tuition, workshops, music books and CDs, McCallum Bagpipes and McAllister Reeds.



Andrew T. Lenz, Jr.
The Bagpipe Journey is web site made by Andrew. He has lots of good stuff, including a bagpipe terms dictionary, and a piping "who's who."

The College of Piping, Glasgow

The College teaches piping, publishes a magazine, and runs piping events from its Otago Street premises.

The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts, PEI
Lessons in piping, drumming, Gaelic song, Highland and Scottish step dancing, and much more.

The Pipe Band Forum
A discussion site for piping and drumming enthusiasts.

The Piobaireachd Society
The classical music of the Highland pipes. This is a great site for students of piobaireachd.

Highland Games

The Saskatchewan Highland Gathering and Celtic Festival
The Saskatchewan Pipe Band Championships, solo piping, drumming,  Highland dancing and heavy events.

Winnipeg Scottish Festival
We travel there each year for a great kick-off to the prairie season.

Brandon Scottish Festival
This is a great little event, first started by the late P-M Alex Cupples.

Bridge of Allan Highland Games
A great games by the Allan Water near Stirling.

North Berwick Highland Games
A very good event on Scotland's east coast.

Glengarry Highland Games
The North American Pipe Band Championships at Maxville, Ontario. Also features the Piobaireachd Society Gold Medal Piobaireachd competition.

Fergus Scottish Festival and Bell's Highland Games
Another major event in Ontario worth a look!

Skagit Valley Highland Games
Held at Mount Vernon, WA, these games attract bands from all over the Pacific Coast, and in 1999 and 2001 the City of Regina Pipe Band was the "guest band" at the Games.

Pacific Northwest Scottish Games This excellent 2-day event featured SFU, City of Regina, and RMM as the guest bands in 2000.

Drumming Business

Cameron's Drumming Studio

Hugh Cameron has been supplying drums and drumming equipment to the CRPB since 1994. Great products and service.

Steven McWhirter
Steven is the 4-time World Solo Champion and also the L-D of the Inveraray and District Pipe Band. He writes scores, teaches and is a great resource for bands.  
Former band member Ruaridh MacDonald of Inveraray & District Pipe Band will teach tenor/bass drumming via Skype, do workshops, write scores and might sing while he does it! 

Come2Drum  Learn drumming from James Laughlin. Live online lessons, workshops, downloadable mp3 lessons, drum scores, and an online shop.

Doug Stronach
Doug is an outstanding musician and educator, and has a great online presence, including a store for his custom drum products.

TyFry Tenor Sticks
Tyler Fry produces the world's most requested sticks for tenor drum, and he also does workshops, tuition, and generally promotes pipe band music wherever he goes!

NM Custom Drums
Nathan McLaren makes exceptonal, custom drums for all uses, including great mid-section drums. The CRPB has a 2009 set of drums from Nathan, and the quality and service were outstanding.

Magazines and Web Sites

pipes | drums
The World's best source for piping and drumming news, features and entertainment. Edited by Andrew Berthoff.

Piping Today
This is the magazine of the National Piping Center in Glasgow. It is published in partnership with "The Living Tradition" folk magazine, and it has some good features, strong editorial, and great look.

This is the magazine of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association.

The Piping Times
A monthly digest of piping news and calendar dates.

The Captain's Corner
Ken Eller's web site, which offers a wide range of instruction and information.

Common Stock
The journal of the Lowland and Borders Piping Society.

Dunaber Music
Michael Grey's interesting blog on music, bagpipes, pipe bands.

Roots/Traditional Music

Wendy MacIsaac  Wendy played the 2014 MWCF along with Mairi Rankin, and they were fabulous! Check out Wendy's other projects, and be sure to get a copy of her latest CD.

Mairi Rankin   Mairi played the 2014 MWCF along with Wendy MacIsaac, and she plays in Celtic group The Outside Track, and is busy touring the world to play, including Regina!

Shona LeMottee  Shona played the 2007 MWCF with sideman Tim Readman, and they were great! Shona is an excellent player and instructor, and performs across North America.

Kendra MacGillivray Kendra is a fabulous fiddler in the Cape Breton style from Antigonish, Nova Scotia. She and her brother Troy performed at the 1999 and 2000 Mid-Winter Celtic Festival.

Troy MacGillivray

We had Troy out to the MWCF a couple of times with sister Kendra, and then we hosted a concert on one of his solo tours.

Ashley MacLeod

Ashley is a great young fiddler from Glengarry, ON. She performed with the SFU Pipe Band for a couple of years, and we had her to the MWCF in 2006.

Hands Up For Trad
A great forum about trad Scots music, and a superb mail order system for CDs, DVDs, books, etc.