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GMHG Piping & Drumming
Piping and Drumming
Just as the invading Roman legions brought bagpipes to Scotland, the sound of the pipes will invade MacRae Meadows here at the Grandfather Mountain Highland games!
There are many opportunities to see piping and drumming throughout the weekend. We are proud to hold piping and drumming events sanctioned by the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association. Players come from all over the world to compete in different levels ranging from beginners to professionals. These events take place all day Saturday on the east field, the Alex Beaton Stage, and on the hill behind the Alex Beaton stage. Be sure to bring your blanket and settle in on the mountainside to be entertained.
On Sunday afternoon, we host a quartet competition where 4 pipers play up to 2 different sets of music. One is a traditional March, Strathspey, and Reel and the other is a medley arranged by each group and contains different styles of marches and dance music.
If you enjoy the whole band sound, you can watch the Drum Major lead the Massed Bands in a parade around the track on Saturday morning for opening ceremonies and again on Sunday for the Parade of Tartans. Individual bands will be playing periodically around the clan tents throughout the weekend.
We look forward to seeing you on the Meadows this summer.
GMHG is proud to sponsor
The 2022 Grandfather Mountain Dunvegan Quaich
The Grandfather Mountain Dunvegan Quaich is a premier qualifying piping event with the winner receiving a competition spot and travel stipend to attend An Crios Greine, an invitational piping competition, being held on Saturday, November 12, 2022, at the Sheraton Orlando North Hotel, 600 N Lake Destiny Road, Maitland FL where some of the world’s top pipers will be competing in Piobaireachd and Open Medley events. All Open Piping competitors will be eligible to compete for this award.
The Grandfather Mountain Dunvegan Quaich is named in honor of Agnes MacRae Morton, founder of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. Morag of Dunvegan was one of her favorite pipe tunes. As such, the Games is proud to sponsor the Open (Professional) Piper of the Day to be part of An Crios Greine. Be sure to come and listen to some of the finest piping in the Carolinas on Saturday afternoon July 9, 2022.