Whilst the next Championships will be held on Sunday 13 March 2022, we are delighted to announce an online freestyle competition for 2021!

The competition will showcase, share and celebrate the talents of young musicians in Scotland’s schools.

Films produced by bands and groups will be broadcast over the weekend of 26 -28 March, when the judges’ winners will be announced, and there will be an exciting live People’s Choice Vote.

We hope you will join us!

Scottish Schools Freestyle Championships – 2021 – Online!

 More details here

Grades and categories

Competition grades and categories are designed to provide a forum for top level competition as well as a positive and encouraging environment for school pipe bands with minimal or no competing experience.

To enter a quartet requires just three pipers with an adult instructor, or four pipers. Pipe bands can enter competitions ranging from Debut to Juvenile.  Schools that need more players to form a quartet or a band can join forces with other schools in the same local education authority. All schools or combined schools that enter a quartet or a pipe band are eligible to enter the Freestyle competition which brings pipes, drums and other instruments together where the emphasis is on music, innovation and fun.

Some of the competition grades and/or categories will require you to enter details of your players and their RSPBA grades. If you have difficulties listing who your players will be, please contact info@sspdt.org.uk

We offer help with travel costs and some great prizes too.


The Eilidh MacLeod Endeavour Award

The Eilidh MacLeod Endeavour Award is your chance to celebrate a band that achieves much more than just a competitive edge.

The annual award is given to a band that demonstrates one or more of the following attributes: perseverance and resilience in the face of challenges; community contribution; enthusiasm and camaraderie; innovation; and/ or efforts to include everyone regardless of circumstances.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the winning band(s).

The award is named in memory of Eilidh MacLeod, the young piper from the Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band who tragically lost her life in the Manchester Arena terrorist attack in 2017.  Eilidh exemplified endeavour, team spirit, commitment and camaraderie and we are proud to honour her through the Award.



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