Piping and Drumming

Piping and Drumming Featured

VHGA is holding two full days of solo and pipe band competitions in 2018

The Order of Play for the Games, now on the BC Piper’s Website:

It is imperative to use the official printable Information Guide (PDF) as a guide to completing this online entry. It contains important information on MUSIC REQUIREMENTS, and RULES.

Online entry only – BC Pipers’ Website:
Piping and Drumming On Line registration

The VHGA has been attracting more competitors (Dancers, Solo and Pipe Band, Heavy Events and Drum Majors) and increasing attendance at the Victoria Highland Games over the last few years by adding new events and format changes.

Based on the feedback that we have received over the years, in 2018 the pipe band and solo competitions will be held over the 2 full days, Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20.

Our hope is that more solo competitors and bands will attend the Games and take in the high quality and variety of events, including the Heavy events, Highland and Irish dance competitions, Celtic sports, Whisky school, Celtic music, Entertainment stages and the Heritage and Clansman tents.

For the 2018 games, we have invited Piping Judge Donald MacPhee from Scotland who is a member of the RSPBA Adjudicators. After a successful pipe band career, he retired from pipe band competition at the end 2014 accumulating 34 Major Championships, 8 Champion of Champions titles, 6 World Championships and 2 Grand Slams while a member of the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band.

Order of Play & Schedule for Piping and Drumming

The 2018 Victoria Highland Games Piping and Drumming events Orders of Play Drumming will be posted on the BC Pipers’ Association website 1 week before the Games.

The schedules for these events will be posted on the BC Pipers’ Association website 3 days before the Games.

Please come back and visit our site to view the order of play and schedule

The Victoria Highland Games Invitation Drum Major Contest and Workshop

For the 2018 games, we have invited Drum Major Alastair Patterson from Ireland to judge and conduct the workshop. Alastair has been a drum major for 31 years, starting his career in Pipe bands at the age of 9. Over the years he has progressed in the competition arena winning numerous prizes at all levels; Ulster, All Ireland, Scottish, British and European titles.

The highlight of Alistair’s Drum Majoring career was to be crowned World Champion Drum Major on 4 occasions, in 1991 in the Juvenile Grade and then 3 times in the Adult section in 1998, 2002 and 2006.

Alastair has retired from the competing side of things but still enjoys taking up his Mace to take part in numerous events as a guest Drum Major


  • Target Group: All skill levels of Drum Majors and beginners are welcome
  • Date: Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 am to 11:00 am
  • Location: Check In – Meet in front of the Main Information Tent (Glasgow Green) at 9 am.


  • Marching and deportment, both stationary and foot drill
  • Reviewing Highland Drum major dress
  • Mace Signaling
  • Competition Drill
  • Massed Band Drill
  • Basic mace flourishing
  • Advanced mace flourishing (as time permits)

Workshop is conducted by:

  • Senior Drum Major and Judge, Alistair Patterson from Ireland
  • Senior Drum Major, Jason Paguio from the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band
  • Senior Drum Major, Ken Misch from the Los Angeles Scots Pipe Band

Please register for free using the Drum Major Online registration

May 21st, 22nd & 23rd 2016