Band and Solo Competitions

The 2017 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 will be band and solo competitions for all to enjoy!  2018 information will be posted when it’s available.

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

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


2017 Solo and Band Competition Registration – Click Here


2018 Intermountain Branch Competition Schedule


 Saturday, July 14th
 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Solo Bagpipe and Solo Drumming Competition
 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM  Grades 2, 3, 4, and 5 – Pipe Band Competition – in Cultural Village
 5:45 PM – 6:30 PM  Pipe and Drum Ceilidh (party) in Killian’s Cultural Village Pub
 Sunday, July 15th
 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM  Solo Bagpipe Competition