Band and Solo Competitions


In addition to solo and band competition, the 2016 Colorado Irish Festival hosted several bagpipe and drum bands from around the state to perform throughout the weekend. Players performed Highland music and dress in full Highland attire!  Yes, that means kilts!

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 – Available in March


2016 Intermountain Branch Competition Schedule


 Saturday, July 9th
 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 10th
 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM  Solo Bagpipe Competition