Bag Piping & Drumming

Solo Fee for the events is only $30.00 regardless of the number of events entered.

Field entries will be $35.00, but will not be allowed for events closed by the Director of Piping and Drumming.

Prize Money will be awarded to Open level winners.

1st - $100.00,  2nd - $75.00,  3rd - $50.00

MSR (Piping) 1st - $150.00,  2nd - $100.00,  3rd - $50.00


Competition Entry incudes 2 one-day games gate passes per solo entry regardless of number of events entered.

Tickets will be available for pick up at Will Call at the Main Gate.


Tentative Start Times

Solo Piping and Drumming 8:30 a.m. each day.

Drum Major 10:00 a.m. each day.

Band Competition 1:30 p.m. each day.


Solo piping competitors are limited to 5 minutes tuning time for each event.

At the discretion of the judges and stewards, you may be asked to play early or out of order to help maintain a proper timeliness to the competition. Please check in with the Solo Steward at least ½ hour before your start time.

No alcoholic beverages may be brought into the park. Any Purchased alcohol must be consumed in designated areas only.
Tickets for soloists will be available at will-call at the main gate.


The San Diego Scottish Highland Games is pleased to host the following events for bands:
Grade 3 Band (MSR & Timed Medley)
Grade 4 Band (Mini-MSR & Timed Medley)
Grade 5 Band (MSMM & QMM)


Grade 4 and Grade 3 - Saturday
Grade 2 to Open Piping - Sunday
No additional fee for Piobaireachd

Grade 4 to Open Snare Drumming
Novice to Open Bass Drumming
Novice to Open Tenor Drumming
Free Drumming Workshop open to all competitors starts at 9:00 a.m.

Drum Major
Drum Major Workshop at 10:00 a.m., free to all grades.

Intermediate and Open Drum Major
Juvenile Division
Drum Major Regimental Competition - Local Option Event
Dress Inspection, 9:30 a.m.
Competition starts at 10:30a.m.


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History Of The Pipes And Drums

The pipes and drums are arguably the most popular attraction at Highland games. The skirl of pipes and swirl of kilts, majestic drum majors and pageantry of massed bands abound. In addition to competitions the San Diego Games offer opportunities for "playing for critique" and one-on-one instruction from some of the finest pipers in the world. Competitors of all ages are an important part of our Games.

A bagpipe consists of a blowpipe chanter and three drones; one bass and two tenors, each attached to a bag traditionally made from an animal hide, although man-made fabrics are also used. The drones are made of a variety of hardwoods such as African blackwood, or state of the art plastics.

The pipes are said to have originated in Egypt thousands of years ago. Through centuries of changes and additions and the trip from Africa to Scotland the fingering has remained the original Arabic.

The San Diego Games offer a full range of piping competitions. Novices play the simplest music - marches or slow airs. Higher classes play marches plus more modern and complex types of music including reels, strathspeys, jigs and hornpipes. Some competitors also play the most ancient form of pipe music, the piobaireachd (pronounced "pee-brock").

Drummers played a central role in the daily operations of the military during the early days of the Highland Regiments. Snare, tenor and bass drums were used then, and are still the three styles used in Highland Games competitions today. Solo drumming competition actually involves a drummer and a piper, although only the drummer is judged. The competitor is rated on the sound of the drum itself, the technical ability of the drummer, and how well the rhythms played complement the piper's background tune.

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