The Glasgow Highland Club’s schools competitions for 2023


The Glasgow Highland Club’s Annual Competitions for schools pipe bands and individual pipers and drummers will take place at Hutchesons’ Grammar School, G41 4NW on Sunday, March 26, 2023.

The application form can be downloaded here, and should be sent to organiser, James Beaton, no later than March 5, 2023. 

The events will be:

  1. BAND CONTEST (March, Strathspey and Reel) for Club Banner and Shield. Trophy for highest placed band not registered to compete in RSPBA competitions.
  2. Individual SENIOR PIPING (March, Strathspey and Reel) open to pipers over 16 or who are over 14 and have won a solo piping competition.
  3. Individual INTERMEDIATE PIPING (Four Part 2/4 March) open to pipers aged 14-16 who have not previously won at this level.
  4. Individual JUNIOR PIPING (March) open to pipers under 14.
  5. Individual SENIOR DRUMMING (March, Strathspey and Reel) open to drummers 15 and over.
  6. Individual JUNIOR DRUMMING (Four Part March) open to drummers 14 or under.

Competition Notes:

  • Age at 30th June.
  • Drummers should be accompanied by a piper, but if a piper is not available, this will be taken into account by the judge.
  • The President, members of the club and judges, hope that all invited bands will be able to take part and that every piper and drummer will play in his appropriate individual event.  Should any contingent or school be unable to raise a full band, individual pipers and drummers will be welcome to represent it in the individual events. 
  • It should be noted that only school pupils are eligible to compete in the various events and that adult instructors should not play in the competing band, but may do so if they wish in the massed bands at the close of the competition.  While the massed bands will parade for the prize giving, we may decide not to have the massed bands play if time is too short
  • Competitors are asked to note that the judges will permit no more than one minute tuning time in the competition hall as there is plenty of opportunity for tuning in the final tuning rooms allocated.   It is preferable to restrict the time tuning than the number of competitors in the senior piping.   The co-operation of competitors and instructors is requested.
  • There is no restriction on the number of soloists that may enter but in the event of too many competitors, numbers may have to be restricted.  It is possible that a high number of entries may require an event to be divided into two with a play off.
  • For those schools entering two bands, please indicate on the entry form soloists in your second band. 

If the massed bands play, it will be the first two parts of “The Glendaruel Highlanders” at the close of the competition prior to the announcements of results.

More information on The Glasgow Highland Club can be found on their website here.