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Youth Pipe Band League (3 bands)

  1. Capital District Youth Pipe Band
  2. Talcott Mt
  3. Celtic Friars

Gr 5 (10 bands)

  1. Mohawk Valley Frasers
  2. Feadan Or
  3. Syracuse Scottish

Gr 4 (4 bands)

  1. Rhode Island Highlanders
  2. Schenectady Pipe Band
  3. Capital District Youth Pipe Band

Gr. 3 (2 bands)

  1. Buffalo Bagpipe Club
  2. Capital Region Celtic


Comments on the 2017 GAIF PBC

Michael Miller – Galloway Gaelic

“As always, you guys put on the best games, hands down.  Second to none!  Looking forward to next year!”

Patrick Sweet CRC

“We enjoyed the event very much. Thanks for all you do to make events like this possible…”

James M. Feeney MD, Talcott Mt. PB

“This was my first time at the contest, as you know, with the kids from Talcott Mountain…We had a wonderful time! That’s why the parade was genius. They were super excited to participate!  Also, we loved the band parking area right across from the circle. Excellent set up….All in all it was a wonderful contest and we will definitely be back!!”

Frank Riggio St. Anthony’s H.S. Celtic Friar’s Pipe Band So. Huntington, Long Island, NY

“Just wanted to take a moment, to let you both know that we had a great time at Saturday’s Competitions.  It was well worth the six hour bus ride each way.  We appreciate your hospitality and hard work in making the events run very efficiently.  Thanks again and we hope to see you both again next year (or sooner.)…The overall score for this festival was A+ in my book.  Great job to all who participated.  Thank you for your hard work and dedication.  We had a great time and a terrific learning experience.”

John Bottomley EUSPBA Judge Director of Bagpiping, United States Military Academy John Bottomley Bagpipes

“When I tell you I love coming up there, I mean it.”

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Join us for the 11th annual Pipe Band Competitions Saturday, July 29th! Festival attendees will be able to watch some of the best pipe bands in the northeast, and we are pleased to support the Northeast Junior Pipe Band League by hosting a contest for youth this year.  Interested in competing? Click here to download the Pipe Band Competition brochure, and here to fill out the Pipe Band Competition Form!

Bagpipe Band Competition:

The competition begins at noon on Saturday and will conclude with a pipe band parade and massed band performance beginning at 5:00 PM.

Registered bands (as of June 15):

Grade 3:
Capital Region Celtic, Albany, NY
Buffalo Bagpipe Band Club, Buffalo, NY

Grade 4:

Schenectady Pipe band, Schenectady, NY
Rhode Island Highlanders, Simsbury, CT
Mohawk Valley Frasers, Rome, NY
Scotia Glenville Pipe Band , Scotia, NY

Grade 5:

Talcott Mountain Highlanders, Simsbury, CT
Emerald City Pipe Band, Syracuse, NY
St. Anthony’s HS, Celtic Friars Pipe Band, South Huntington, NY
Syracuse Scottish Pipe band, Syracuse, NY
Galloway Gaelic Pipes and Drums, Glens Falls, NY
Finger Lakes Pipes and Drums, Ithaca, NY
Caledonian Pipe Band, Buffalo, NY
79th NY Highlanders Pipe Band, Albany, NY
Mohawk Valley Frasers, Rome, NY
Feadan Or, Rochester, NY

Junior Pipe band League:
Talcott Mountain Highlanders, Simsbury, CT
St. Anthony’s HS, Celtic Friars Pipe Band, South Huntington, NY
Capital District Youth Pipe Band , Scotia, NY

12:00pm – Band Competition
4:45pm – Parade Line Up
5:00pm – Parade and Massed Bands

THIS JUST IN: The final draw and schedule for the Pipe Band Competition is complete. Here is the final schedule.

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