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Piping & Drumming Biography

  City of Sacramento Pipe Band

Host Band

Founded in the fall of 1989 by Liz Tubbs and the late Clutch Sutto, the band has successfully been competing since 1990 in Grades III, IV and V. The band has traveled extensively throughout the United States and to Scotland. Many of the band's members have moved on to play with Grade II and Grade I bands in the United States, Canada and Scotland.

Large and small groups, as well as solor pipers and dancers, perform throughout Northern California for many different evetns. The Band relies solely on (tax deductible) donations, performances, comptetitions and the generous time and commitment from its members and their families.

Children and adults are welcome to become a part of this non-profit educational group. Please contact us for more infomration on piping and drumming instruction as

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  Pipe & Drums of Cal Fire
                                                                             Local 2881

The CAL FIRE Local 2881 Pipes & Drums and Honor Guard is a statewide, professional firefighter organization that has supported CAL FIRE and Local 2881 since our formation in 1994. We take pride in providing service to our fallen brothers, sisters and their families. While our main duties revolve around honoring the fallen, we enjoy participating in state-wide and community events such as parades and conventions and competing at Highland Games. We are made up of active, retired, and volunteer members of CAL FIRE and are all members of CAL FIRE Local 2881.

Pipe Major:              Charlie Martin
Drum Major:             Ray Martinez
Drum Sergeant:        John Possa
  Emerald Society Pipe Band
                                                                                  of Ripon

Founded in 2004 by Pipe Major Gary Speed and President Phill Mcgill, The Emerald Society Pipe Band is located in Ripon, California. They play at events throughout California and at special events for all departments of First Responders.

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  Irish Pipers of San Francisco

Form in 1932 and is the oldest continuously active Irish pipe band west of the Mississippi River. The band performs at numerous public and private events in the San Francisco Bay Area and regularly competes in pipe band competitions throughout Northern and Southern California. The band wears the County Wexford Tartan and practices on Monday evenings at the United Irish Cultural Center in San Francisco.

In 2012, 2013 and 2014 the Irish Pipers Band of San Francisco was the Western United States Pipe Band Association Grade 3 Champion. For 2017 the band will field competitive units in Grades 2, 4, and d5. The Irish Pipers Band of San Francisco is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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  Jefferson Pipe Band

The band formed in 1985 as the Shasta Pipe Band but the name was changed in the late 1990's to The Jefferson Pipe Band after the mythical state of Jefferson that almost was in 1941. The name more accurately describes the area of Southern Oregon and Northern California in which our members live. The band wears the Modern Lindsay Tartan.

Jefferson pipe band has competed off and on since the early 2000's and for the first time this year we are fielding a grade 4 and 5 band. Our goal is to teach students of all ages to play the Great Highland Bagpipe or Highland drum and to preserve the traditions and music of Scotland. We invite anyone interested to contact us about lessons.

The band is very involved in community activities in and around our areas and many of our members attend various schools and workshops which help us to continue to improve the quality of our playing.

The band started fundraising a couple of years ago in hopes of going to Scotland to compete at “The Worlds” piping competition in Glasgow and thanks to the hard work of the band and the support of our friends and family, we have achieved that goal and will be heading to Scotland this August.

The Jefferson Pipe Band is a 501(c)3 non-profit

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  MacIntosh Pipe Band

The MacIntosh Pipe Band is pleased to announce the return of its Grade V competition band this season. Additions to both the pipe and drum corps have enabled us to once again field two competition bands. The Grade IV, under the direction of Pipe Major Janice Richey and Drum Sergeant Robert Cameron, is composed of more experienced players, while the Grade V features many of our newer pipers and drummers. Both bands practice, individually and as a single unit, in Marin County, just north of San Frnaicsco. The band draws palyers from several Bay Area counties and has been in existence for over three decades. Beyond competitions, a variety of events fill the bnad's calendar, including parades, concerts, festivals, fairs, and private engagements. Although most events are local, the Macs have traveled as far as Salt Lake City, Seattle, Puerto Vallarta, Moab, Missouri and Scotland to entertain new audiences. In addition to pipers and drummers, dancers and guest musicians contribute to the success of the ban's year-round performance schedule. The band has a close working relationship with the San Jose School of Highland Dancing.
New players are always welcome
To learn more about the Macs                 Click Here
To learn more about the Dance School Click Here

Pipe Major:              Janice Richey
Drum Sergeant:       Robert Cameron
  Stewart Tartan Pipes & Drums

Founded in 1980, the band calls Silicon Valley home with rehearsals at the St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Saratoga on Tuesday evenings.

After a 31 year hiatus from competition, the band became competitive in 2012. The band offers a Grade 4 and Grade 5 competition bands as well as parade and concert bands.

The band is targeting a trip to Scotland in 2018 to compete in the 2018 World Socttish Games.

Senior Pipe Major: Adam Blaine
Drum Sergeant:       Jeff Gordon