Welcome to the Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships 

The Championships is a showcase of the talent of our young musicians designed to promote the playing of our national instruments.

The second Sunday in March sees hundreds of young people from across Scotland, and sometimes further afield, come together for a day of music, friendship and fun.

The next Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships will take place on Sunday 12 March 2023.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we were not able to hold the event in 2021 or 2022, but we were delighted to run the Freestyle element of the competition online in March 2021. You can re-watch all the videos from the competition on our Facebook page.

The decision to postpone the 2022 Championships was not taken lightly; you can read about the rationale behind the decision hereWe very much look forward to your company at the next Championships in March 2023.

2021 Winners – Online Freestyle

Open Category

1st – Skye & Lochalsh Schools

2nd – Kintyre Schools Pipe Band

3rd – Preston Lodge High School Juvenile

4th – Stirling & District Schools Pipe Band

5th – West Lothian Schools Pipe Band

6th – Royal High Pipe Band

7th – Tynecastle Youth Community Pipe Band

8th – Isle of Arran Music School Pipe Band

Primary Category

Balivanich School ABC Band



People’s Choice Award

Burntisland Schools Pipe Band



The 2020 Championships in pictures


The Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust is the charity that organises the Championships. The Trust offers cash grants, guidance and bagpipe loans to help introduce piping and drumming tuition to state schools.  If you would like to know more please contact us through the SSPDT website.

2020 Winners

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