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.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we were not able to hold the Championships in March 2021, but instead we were delighted to run the Freestyle element of the competition online. The event took place online every evening from Monday 22 March to Sunday 28 March, with 16 bands battling it out for the prizes. You can re-watch all the videos from the competition on our Facebook page: Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust – SSPDT.

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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