Band and Solo Competitions

The 2019 Colorado Irish Festival hosted several bagpipe and drum bands from around the state that performed throughout the weekend. Players performed Highland music and dress in full Highland attire!  Yes, that means kilts!  In addition, there was band and solo competitions for all to enjoy!

Individual solo bagpipers and drummers were judged by an official Western United States Pipe Band Association (WUSPBA) judge. Players were categorized by grade level and were required to play certain types of tunes including, but not limited to, marches, jigs and even piobaireachd!

Competing bands varied according to grade level. As with solos, bands were judged by official WUSPBA judges, although during band competitions, bands had 3 judges ranking the bands at once, each judging on different aspects of the music. Around the competition circle, spectators saw a piping judge, an ensemble judge and a drumming judge. This event is always entertaining!