Online registration for Winter Storm 2023 is now open


The Midwest Highlands Arts Fund (MHAF) Board of Directors announces the 20th anniversary of Winter Storm – The Pipes and Drums Event in Kansas City, Missouri, to be held January 11 – 15, 2023. Registration for the 2023 Workshop and the Piping and Drumming Competitions is now open and online here.


Changes for the Winter Storm 2023 competitions include entry limitations for all contests, the addition of a $1500 travel prize for the aggregate winner of Gold Medal Piobaireachd and the Gold Medal Ceol Beag, a new professional Silver Medal light music contest, and single events for amateur tenor drum and bass drum contests.

Professional Ceol Beag piping will be held in two categories, Gold Medal and Silver Medal, and neither will have a playoff.

All Amateur Piping and Drumming competitions will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2023, and all Professional Piping and Drumming competitions will be on Friday, January 13, 2023.

There will be competitor entry size limits for all contests.  Registration for each contest will be accepted until full.

The on-site competitor registration/check-in desk will be open at the Marriott Hotel, 2nd floor, from 3-9pm  on January 11 and will reopen on January 12 and 13 at 7.00am.  Competitions will start at 8.00am on both Thursday and Friday.

The awards ceremony for all contests will take place at approximately 9 P.M. on Friday, January 13, 2023; Marriott Grand Ballroom.

Winter Storm classes and contests will be held at the Kansas City Marriott – Country Club Plaza.  Guest rooms are available at special rates at the Marriott and at the convenient/nearby Courtyard by Marriott.


The piping and drumming workshop and master classes will be held Saturday and Sunday, January 14 & 15, 2023, featuring a faculty of twenty of the world’s best pipers and drummers.


The Winter Storm concert will be held in the Marriott Grand Ballroom on January 14, 2023 at 7.00pm. The free concert is not open to the public.  With limited seating, the priority will be for workshop attendees, competitors and accompanists, and their families.

Live Stream

On Thursday and Friday many of the Amateur and Professional contests, and the awards ceremony, will be live streamed. The Pipes and Drums concert and will be live streamed on Saturday.

Winter Steam

The ever-popular Winter Steam Ceilidh will follow the concert at approximately 9.00pm.  The “world’s biggest indoor beer tent” is free, and open to the public.

•The Winter Steam after-concert party in 2007. Photo: Mike Paterson

Contest Spectators

On Thursday, contest spectators my attend the amateur contests free of charge. On Friday contest spectators must purchase a Contest Spectator Pass.  Spectator Passes may be purchased online in advance or onsite. All amateur competitors will be given a free Contest Spectator Pass to watch Friday’s professional events.