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Drum Major Workshop at Central Kentucky Highland Games

The Central Kentucky Highland Games in Eminence, KY, will host a Drum Major workshop at its annual competition on September 20, 2014. The workshop will be conducted by DM Doug Weisheit, of the Fountain Trust Pipe Band, and will be conducted from 9:00 to 11:00 am. Cost for the workshop will be $25.00. Participants will receive guidance on marching, deportment, handling of the mace, and basic commands.

Pre-registration is recommended in order to have a head count for the class, although payment may be made on the day. Participants may contact or email Keith Murphy, at PO Box 94, Stamping Ground, KY 40379, email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call/text 859-338-6687. Cash, check or money order made out to Central Kentucky Highland Games will be accepted. Please contact Keith no later than Saturday, September 13, 2014, if interested.


2014 Fall Highland Gathering hosted by Milwaukee Scottish

The Milwaukee Scottish Pipe Band is once again hosting its Fall Highland Gathering - to be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Klemmer’s Banquet Center, 10401 West Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee, WI.

The 2104 Fall Highland Gathering features:

  • A new format Solo Piping Competition and Solo Snare Drumming Competition in the morning and afternoon - with cash prizes and quaichs awarded in all contests.
  • A superb, sit-down Scottish Whisky Tasting, presented by the Milwaukee St. Andrew’s Society’s renowned Scotch Masters and featuring the 'Classic Six' single malts distributed by UDV Diageo Corporation.
  • A splendid, family-style, two-entrée dinner with Haggis – followed by 3 hours of the finest Scottish entertainment in the area: Pipe bands, Highland dancing, Ceilidh music, Scottish country dancing, and “sangs and clatter”! Featured entertainers include:
    • Ceol Cairde
    • Billy Mitchell Scottish Pipe Band
    • Caledonian Scottish Dancers
    • Chicago Celtic Pipe Band
    • Greater Midwest Pipe Band
    • Madison Pipes and Drums
    • Milwaukee Scottish Pipe Band
  • Scottish meat pies, sausage rolls, and Highland pasties are available throughout the day. A Silent Auction, 50-50 Raffle, Vendors, and Information Tables round out the offerings.

Full Event Admission (Competition – Dinner – Ceilidh) $40.00

Full Event Tickets must be purchased before September 20. Limited numbers available!

Ceilidh & Competition Admission $20.00

Scottish Whisky Tasting (Add-on Ticket) $20.00

Must be purchased before September 20.
Must be purchased with a Full Event or Ceilidh & Competition admission. Limited numbers available!

For further details and ticket order forms contact Tony Palese at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit the host website at:


2014 Minnesota Results

The official results from the Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games on July 12, 2014 are now available (bands, solos). Unfortunately only final placings are available for bands, not detailed scores.

Grade 3 MSR (1): 1. Macalester College
Grade 3 Medley (1): 1. Macalester College
Grade 4 QMM: (2) 1. Milwaukee Scottish 2. Minnesota Police
Grade 4 Medley: (2) 1. Milwaukee Scottish 2. Minnesota Police
Grade 5 QMM: (4) 1. Brian Boru 2. Celtic Cross 3. Minnesota Police 4. Macalester College


Nancy Hoinacki

We were sad today to learn of the passing of Nancy Hoinacki.  Nancy was the wife of Past MWPBA President Drew Hoinacki and long time worker and behind the scenes supporter of the MWPBA and piping and drumming in general.  Nancy had a long fight with cancer and passed away today.  Our thoughts and prayers are for Nancy and with Drew, her son Andrew and daughters Aimee and Lexie.

Nancy's visitation will be held from 2pm until 8pm on Tuesday, 15th July, at Markiewicz's Funeral Home in Lemont, IL. The funeral mass will be held at 10am on Wednesday, 16th July, at St. Patrick Church, also in Lemont. Burial will follow at the S.S. Cyril & Methodius Cemetery. A trio of Chicago-based pipers from the LA Scots will be playing during the funeral mass, but Nancy knew so many of you from her years of service in the MWPBA tent at all the games, and so we want anyone who may be planning on attending the service and wishes to participate in playing Amazing Grace at the closing of the graveside service to please feel welcome to bring your pipes or drums and do so.


2014 Minnesota orders of play now available

The orders of play for band and solo events at the Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games on July 12, 2014 are now posted on the Contests page.


New webmaster

Effective immediately, Jason Foreman has kindly agreed to take over as MWPBA webmaster from Stuart Barr.  Jason can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


2014 Chicago Results

The complete official results from the Chicago Scots Scottish Festival and Highland Games on June 21, 2014 are now available (bands , solos).

Grade 5 QMM: (8) 1. Celtic Cross 2. Kansas City St. Andrew (BBS) 3. Tunes of Glory
Grade 4 QMM: (9) 1. Kansas City St. Andrew (BBS) 2. Milwaukee Scottish 3. Chicago Highlanders (BDC)
Grade 3 Medley: (3) 1. Midlothian Scottish 2. Chicago Celtic (BBS) 3. Macalester College (BDC)
Grade 2 MSR: (1) 1. Greater Midwest (BBS,BDC)

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