The Fort Wayne Scottish Pipes and Drums is a competition bagpipe and drum band based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. By drawing on the knowledge and talents of our members we are able to share the music and culture of Scotland with the people of our community. Whether you are an avid piper or drummer or just a casual passerby, the Fort Wayne Scottish Pipes and Drums welcomes you!
Lesson and practice schedules have resumed
Thursdays from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm: Practice at Jacob's Well Church located at 10707 Coldwater Rd. in Fort Wayne
March 17: (Tuesday) St. Patricks Day -- Harrison Hill School, Fort Wayne; late morning
Croniger School -- Fort Wayne; early afternoon
TBD: Restaurants and pubs; afternoon and evening
June 5: (Friday) Canterbury H.S. graduation -- Fort Wayne; evening
June 6: (Saturday) Peony Festival Parade -- Van Wert, OH; late afternoon/evening
July 4: (Saturday) Do Dah Parade -- Winona Lake, IN; Noon
Aug. 1: (Saturday) St. Andrews Games -- Livonia, MI. ; all day
Aug. 29: (Saturday) Taste of the Arts -- Fort Wayne; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sept. 12: (Saturday) Columbus Scottish Festival -- Columbus, IN.; all day
Sept. 19,20: (Saturday and Sunday) Johnny Appleseed Festival -- Fort Wayne; all day
Oct. 3: (Saturday) Decatur Highland Games -- Decatur, IN. ; late morning to early afternoon
Oct. 10: (Saturday) Indianapolis Highland Games -- Indianapolis, IN; all day
The Fort Wayne Scottish Pipes and Drums was founded in 1986, to promote Scottish heritage and the Great Highland Bagpipe in Northeast Indiana. The band performs at different parades and Highland Games throughout the midwest. We are always looking for new members and offer free lessons to anyone wanting to learn the pipes or drums.
The Great Highland Bagpipe (Gaelic : A' Phìob Mhòr) is probably the best-known variety of bagpipe. Abbreviated GHB, and commonly referred to simply as "the pipes", they have historically taken numerous forms in Ireland, England and Scotland.
A modern set has a bag, a chanter, a blowpipe, two tenor drones, and one bass drone. The scale on the chanter is in Mixolydian mode with a flattened 7th or leading tone. It has a range from one whole tone lower than the tonic to one octave above it (in piper's parlance: Low G, Low A, B, C, D, E, F, High G, and High A; the C and F could or should be called sharp but this is always omitted). Although less so now, depending on the tuning of the player, certain notes are tuned slightly off of just intonation (for example,the D could be tuned slightly sharp for sound effects), but again, today the notes of the chanter are usually tuned in just intonation to the Mixolydian scale with a flattened 7th. The two tenor drones are an octave below the keynote (Low A) of the chanter) and the bass drone two octaves below.
This "A" of the GHB is actually slightly sharper than B-flat, around 480 Hz, and within the realm of competitive pipe bands, seems to get slightly sharper each year. In the 1990s, there were a few new developments, namely, reliable synthetic drone reeds, and synthetic bags that deal with moisture arguably better than hide or older synthetic bags.
For more info on the Bagpipe go to History of GHB