Pipe Bands

The bagpipes represent Celtic heritage like few things can. A rich part of our history, the Northern Nevada Celtic Celebration enjoys hosting pipe bands and solo pipers.

Updated for 2019!

After trying to make a go of a piping competition at our event the past several years, we have reluctantly had to make the decision that a piping competition is not sustainable for our festival.

However, because piping is so integral to any games, the Northern Nevada Celtic Celebration has decided to bring pipe bands to the festival , to perform without the stress of competition looming for bands.

We aren’t entirely sure what form this might take yet, this is something new for us, but please look for pipe bands on the main stage as well as throughout the Celebration this May!

Here is a schedule of Piping Performances at the 2019 Celtic Celebration:

12 pm – All Bands – Lawn Area Near Dance Stage for Opening Ceremonies

12:40 pm – Sierra Highlanders – Hawkins Amphitheater

1:20 pm – Sierra Highlanders – North Lawn by Living History

1:45 pm – Emerald Society – Hawkins Amphitheater

2:15 pm – Emerald Society – North Lawn by Living History

3:00 pm – City of Sacramento – Hawkins Amphitheater

3:40 pm – City of Sacramento – North Lawn by Living History

5:00 pm – All Bands – Lawn Area Near Dance Stage for Closing Ceremonies

Performing groups for 2019 are:

City of Sacramento Pipe Band

The City of Sacramento Pipe Band organization was created to compete in local, regional, and Statewide pipe band competition events, typically at various stagings of Scottish/Highland Games. The Band has won many championships in its 30 years of competing, including the 1995 Western United States Pipe Band Association Championship for Grade 3 in Reno, Nevada. 
Emerald Society Pipe Band
Located In Ripon Ca, The Emerald Society Pipe Band is the premier pipe band in the California Central Valley. They play at events throughout Calififornia including: Bakersfield, Fresno, Oakdale, Modesto, Merced, San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Stockton, and Sonora.
Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band 

The Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band found its origins as the Reno Police Department Pipe Band and in 1961 officially formed and became incorporated and is now one of the oldest on the West Coast. In 2011, the Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band celebrated their 50th anniversary. They also honored the tradition of pipes and drums in Nevada by teaming up with pipers and drummers from all over Nevada, and then competed at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland in 2012. The band wears the MacKay tartan, in honor of Irish immigrant John Mackay, an early Nevada settler and miner in the Comstock Lode (during the 1870s), where he made his fortune. The Mackay School of Mining and Mackay Stadium at UNR are also named for him.

Please let us know if you have any other questions.