Piping, Drumming & Band Competition

Stone Mountain Highland Games is proud to offer the very best in Band, Solo Piping, and Solo Drumming competitions. Some of the best pipers and drummer in the world make their way to Georgia every year.

Because of the large field of competitors at Stone Mountain, most of the solo events offered at the Games are required events, although a few optional events are available. Pipers play alone in front of the judge, whereas drummers generally perform alongside a piper accompanist. All competitors are required to wear appropriate highland attire during their performance. During most "march" events, pipers are required to march along the platform as they perform for the judge.

Players are scored based on performance accuracy, musical tone and tuning, etc. Players new to sanctioned competition will generally begin in the lowest grade (often grade 4) and work their way upward through the grades by means of performance history and contest wins until they eventually, with hard work and a lot of practice, reach the professional level. All players may compete only in their assigned grade.

Band and Solo forms are available for download. To compete, all Band entries must be postmarked by September 18, 2017. All Solo entries must be postmarked by September 25, 2017. Be sure and check back here for information and future announcements.

Use the buttons below to download the 2017 Band & Solo competition entry forms.


For more information, contact us at piping@smhg.org


Professional Piping Competition

The Stone Mountain Highland Games has always provided some form of musical entertainment on the Friday evening before the Games. Over the years weve hosted events from professional piobaireachd competitons that showcased many world class pipers, to recitals and even open competitions featuring local talent.

The Professional Piping events once again will be held Friday evening at our Host Hotel. We will have both piobaireachd and light music events.

Please visit the page later for more details on this event.

Band & Solo Competitions

Band Contest Schedule


Grade Circle Band Time
5 2 Jamestown Pipes & Drums 2:05 pm
5 2 Wake & District Pipe Band 2:15 pm
5 2 Mercer University Pipes & Drums 2:25 pm
5 2 North Texas Caledonian Pipes & Drums 2:35 pm
5 2 Baton Rouge Caledonian Pipes & Drums 2:45 pm
5 2 Fort Worth Scottish Pipes & Drums 2:55 pm
5 2 John Mohr Mackintosh Pipes & Drums 3:05 pm
5 2 Jacksonville Pipes & Drums 3:15 pm
4 1 Loch Norman Pipe Band 2:00 pm
4 1 Atlanta Pipe Band 2:10 pm
4 1 Louisville Pipe Band 2:20 pm
4 1 City of Greenville Pipes & Drums 2:30 pm
4 1 Bergen Irish Pipe Band 2:40 pm
4 1 St. Andrews University Pipe Band 2:50 pm
4 1 North Georgia Pipes & Drums 3:00 pm
4 1 Jamestown Pipes & Drums 3:10 pm
4 1 Nashville Pipes & Drums 3:20 pm
3 2 Wake & District Pipe Band 3:35 pm
3 2 Grandfather Mountain Highlanders 3:45 pm
2 1 Atlanta Pipe Band 3:55 pm

Band Competition Circle Map


Solo Competition

Professional Piping events are being held Friday evening at 6:00pm at our Host Hotel. All other solo events for piping and drumming will be held at the Games field in the "Solo Competitions" area on Saturday, except for the Grade 4 piping which will take place Sunday.

If you are competing in a solo pipe or drum contest, please see the Solo Competition Steward Sheets.Please review and verify your entry. If you notice any discrepancies, please contact us at piping@smhg.org. The steward sheets will be available the week of the games.

Contestants must check in with the steward before they compete. Check in will begin at 8:00 am for the earlier contests on Saturday, and 15 minutes before the start of the Sunday contests. Order of play will be posted at the Piping/Drumming headquarters (see map). If any competitor fails to check in with the steward in a timely manor, they may be dropped from the competition.
Their will be NO FIELD ENTRIES.


Saturday Solo Contest Schedule


Solo contest area map


Sunday Solo Piping Contest Schedule


Solo contest area map

Piping and Drumming


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Highland Dance Competition

Highland Dance forms for the 2017 games can be accessed by clicking on the link below. Entries must be postmarked by October 6, 2017. After that, late entries must include late entry fees.

Highland Dance page.

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