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Piping and Drumming

Piping and Drumming Featured

VHGA is holding two full days of solo and pipe band competitions in 2019

The Order of Play for the Games will be available on the BC Piper’s Website one week before the games

Online entry only – BC Pipers’ Website

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 2019 the pipe band and solo competitions will be held over the 2 full days, Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19.

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 Heritage Hub and Clansman tents.

For the 2019 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 2019 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 2019 games, we have invited Drum Major Alan MacBride from Northern Ireland to judge and conduct the workshop. Alan lives in Kilkeel, County Down, the southern-most town in Northern Ireland and works in Belfast for Tourism Northern Ireland.

As a drum major, Alan has been 5 times World Champion, won 13 All-Ireland titles, 13 Ulster, Scottish, British, Cowal, European and Australian titles. He has travelled all over the world for contests, exhibitions, workshops and judging. He has sung and drum majored at the Avenches tattoo in Switzerland and the Senior Drum Major at the Spasskaya Military Tattoo on Red Square in Moscow for the last few years. He will be taking up this role again this year in both Moscow and Khabarovosk where he will also be singing.

As a singer Alan has performed in the Opera House Belfast, Lyceum Theatre in London, Helix Theatre in Dublin, Australia, South Africa and on RTE (Raidió Teilifís Éireann, the national public service broadcaster of Ireland) and BBC Television and for the former Irish President Mary McAleese at Aras an Uachtarain Dublin


  • Target Group: All skill levels of Drum Majors and beginners are welcome
  • Date: Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, 2019
  • 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

Workshop is conducted by:

  • Senior Drum Major and Judge, Alan MacBride from Northern 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

Registration is free and available on the BC Piper’s Website

May 21st, 22nd & 23rd 2016