SMHG 2024 Host Band
Atlanta's First Pipe Band, The Atlanta Pipe Band
Now in its 54th year, The Atlanta Pipe Band continues to further the great tradition of Scottish music and culture through performance and education.
The APB is the pioneering Scottish cultural organization in Atlanta that provided inspiration and leadership for other local Scottish organizations that followed.
The Band performs frequently for civic, commercial and private celebrations, adding its unique flair to a wide range of events across Georgia and the Southeast, including St. Patrick’s Day Parades in Greenville and Hilton Head, S.C., NASCAR’s Ambetter Health 400, the Motul Petit Le Mans and university commencements for Emory and Georgia State Universities.
The band has two IMDb credits, for soundtrack in the motion picture, Into the Wild, and for documentary in Celtic Women: Believe, recorded at Atlanta’s Fox Theater.
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).
Under the leadership of Pipe Major Rob Rogers and Drum Sergeant Patrick Osborne, the APB’s two competition units are a major force on the competitive circuit.
In 2022, the APB Grade 3 band finished 3rd overall in the Eastern U.S.Pipe Band Association’s Grade 3 season ranking, and the Grade 4 band, under the leadership of Bob Sloan and Jason O’Donnell, finished 1st overall in the season ranking for Grade 4. Grade 4 was also Southern Branch Champion in 2022.
Both competition units draw members able and desiring to compete and perform at a higher level, both from the metro Atlanta region and across the Southeast. Individual members of the band have competed at the highest levels in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., and many are prize-winning soloists. All, however, take special pride in the ensemble performance, producing a technically challenging and musically satisfying experience for the listener.
The Atlanta Pipe Band prides itself on shaping young players into accomplished musicians and encouraging new players to join and learn the art of Scottish music. To further this mission, the Band reintroduced the APB Academy. The APB Academy provides a structured learning environment that enables students to develop through intermediate (Grade 4) and advanced (Grade 3) levels.The band provides instruction for learners, aged 8 and above, in piping and drumming, including snare, tenor and bass.
If you would like to contact the band, send an email to:
Atlanta Pipe President
You may visit the Atlanta Pipe Band web site at:
John Mohr MacKintosh Pipes & Drums
Stone Mountain Highland Games 2023 - Host Band
Founded in 1977, John Mohr Mackintosh Pipes and Drums has competed and performed throughout the Southeastern U.S. They are proud to be a member of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association, and of their close affiliations with Clan Mackintosh, the Stone Mountain Highland Games and the Creek Indian Nation. Wearing the brilliant red Mackintosh tartan, John Mohr proudly bears the name of eighteenth-century adventurer Captain John Mohr Mackintosh, whose exploits are recorded in the chronicles of early-American colonial history. The band crest reflects John Mohr’s Georgia heritage. The crest depicts a Creek feather war bonnet that sits on the head of a black panther (Clan Mackintosh). Both are adorned by the Cherokee Rose (the official flower of the State of Georgia.) John Mohr MacKintosh invites both experienced and beginning pipers and drummers to join them.
For more information or to hire the John Mohr Mackintosh Pipes and Drums, please contact them through their webpage:
Atholl Highlanders Pipes and Drums (USA)
Founded more than 30 years ago, members of the Atholl Highlanders Pipes and Drums, USA have brought the music of the Celtic nations to audiences in the United States and around the world.
In 1983, the chief of Clan Murray, George Iain Murray, 10th Duke of Atholl, granted the band permission to wear the Murray of Atholl tartan, to bear the name “Atholl Highlanders,” and to be his representative in North America. That honor continues today with the permission of His Grace Bruce Murray, 12th Duke of Atholl. They are one of only two bands in the world bearing the name Atholl Highlanders. They proudly display the shield of the Murray coat of arms on their sleeves.
Based in the Atlanta area. They perform for highland games, festivals, parades, kirkin' o' the tartan celebrations, steeplechases, corporate and other important events. The band loves to entertain their audiences! They consider it an honor to play for departing and returning military units. The band has performed in festivals in Edinburgh, Scotland, marched in the Tunes of Glory Parade through NYC and performed on stage at the Fox Theater.
The band is under the musical direction of Pipe Major Lisa Wright, Drum Sergeant John Grove, and marching direction of Senior Drum Major Bill Frazer. In an effort to teach the public about Celtic culture and music, they offer free group bagpipe and drumming lessons for anyone interested in learning. Students at all levels are always welcome.
Contact Richard McPhee, Business Manager, P.O. Box 1508, Stone Mountain, GA 30086, AHPDbiz@gmail.com, (770) 498-9524.
You may visit the Atholl Highlanders Pipes and Drums USA web site at:
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