Montreat Scottish Pipes & Drums
(shown above at 2004 MSS Scottish Gala)
(Shown below at 2004 Kirkin' in
Scottish Pipes & Drums
For over 28 years, the Montreat Scottish Pipes
& Drums band has entertained thousands while promoting the
heritage and growth of traditional Scottish music. Based out of the
Asheville area, the band includes members from Avery, Buncombe,
Henderson, Transylvania, and Jackson Counties in North Carolina.
The Montreat Pipes and Drums competes at Scottish
festivals and highland games (click
for list of engagements where the band will play in 2006) in the Southeast and performs at church
services, festivals, parades, and other public and private functions
in the region. The entire band, smaller units, and individuals
frequently play for weddings, banquets, conventions, funerals,
parties, and school groups.
The picture below was taken just after the 2000
Asheville Christmas Parade, and later modified on April 6th, 2001
The Montreat Scottish Pipes and Drums have enjoyed a long history of
popularity and support as they bring their message of the great
highland bagpipes and traditional Scottish music to listeners
The Montreat Scottish Pipes and Drums originated in
1973 as the Asheville Highlanders, and in 1974 the band began
competing and performing at Highland Games and various festivals
around the eastern United States.
In 1983 the Montreat Scottish Society assumed
sponsorship of the band---originally outfitting the band in the
Prince Charles Edward Stewart tartan and full military uniform.
In 1997 the Scottish Society designed and received
commission of the Montreat tartan, and in 2000 the band was
re-outfitted in the new and unique tartan.
Montreat Scottish Pipes and Drums have been regular performers at
the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, Montreatís Kirkin' o' the
and special services. (Click
here to see more band pictures from 2005 Grandfather Mountain
The band has also been honored performers at such
events as North Carolina's 200th Anniversary celebration in Manteo,
NC; the World's Fair in Knoxville, TN; the 100th Anniversary of the
Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC; and the Performing Arts Series in
The band has joined forces for many
performances with the Avery County-based Blue Ridge Brass, playing
traditional as well as original music. The combined bands toured and
performed in Scotland during the summer of 1997 (see the band
below at Glencoe, Scotland). The combined bands will tour
Scotland again in late summer 2006.
Montreat Scottish Pipes & Drums Members