About the Atlanta Pipe Band
Currently celebrating out 50th anniversary, The Atlanta Pipe Band continues to further the great tradition of Scottish music and culture through performance and education. Under the leadership of Pipe Major Graeme Smith, the Band is both a major force on the competitive circuit and a sought after performer for civic, private and commercial events.
The Atlanta Pipe Band earned the title of United States Champion by beating several other well-respected bands recently in the U. S. Open Grade 3 competition in Alma, Michigan. The Band’s long winning history includes such titles as US Open Pipe Band Champion (Grade 3), Eastern US Pipe Band Champion (Grade 3 and 4), Southeast Pipe Band Champion (Grade 3 and 4), Southern Pipe Band Champion (Grade 3) and Midwest Pipe Band Champion (Grade 3).
The Band is frequently invited to add its unique flair to a wide range of high-profiled events. The band has performed and recorded with The Celtic Women at the FOX Theater here in Atlanta, opening the Celtic Women’s US Tour and is featured on their DVD. The Band has also performed for such dignitaries as Presidents Carter and Bush, Prince Charles, Mikhail Gorbachev, and the Dalai Lama. The Band opened for Rod Stewart’s World Tour and the Indigo Girls at Atlanta's Chastain Park and performed opening ceremonies at the prestigious Walker and Curtis Cup Golf Tournaments. The Band regularly performs at the football half time shows for Georgia Tech, the University of Alabama, Jacksonville State University and the University of Tennessee. The Band has also been featured in the motion picture, “Into the Wild.”The Band’s has reintroduced The APB Academy. The Academy is a structured learning environment that allows pipers and drummers to develop through intermediate (Grade 4) and advanced (Grade 3) levels. Interested individuals should visit the join us page for membership information.