The National Piping Centre

The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland

The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland is a cutting edge performance pipe band for 10-25 year olds in Scotland, and is designed to get children and young people passionately involved in traditional Scottish music.

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Registered Charity in Scotland (SC020391)




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  • Sports/RecreationSports/Recreation


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)



Launched in 2002, the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland is a non-competing cutting edge performance pipe band for 10-25 year olds. The band is the first and only project ever to bring together Scotland’s most talented young pipers and drummers at a national level. Membership spans across all of Scotland’s 32 councils, and the two tier band structure gives opportunities to both up and coming musicians, as well as to the very best young pipers and drummers in the nation. Young people on the project attend courses and workshops which cover the musical skills and the life skills necessary to succeed both within the band, and within life. Children and young people have influence in putting together their own concert sets, mixing the traditional cannon of tunes with their own innovative compositions and arrangements, all within the structure and guidance of some of the best piping teachers in the world. Most courses take place at the National Piping Centre, however a series of outreach courses across Scotland also ensure that the project is truly national. The ultimate goal of the band is to put on ground-breaking performances which change the lives of the young members involved, have a huge impact on audiences around the world, and ultimately transform the way Scotland perceives its own national instrument. The band has performed in some of the most significant venues in Scotland, as well as having toured Ireland, Spain, Italy, Mexico, and China. To run the National Youth Pipe Band, we require financial support for instruments, equipment, training, the cost of outreach courses, travel and catering, accommodation, and performances. The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland is a project of national importance, and we need help to ensure that we can continue delivering lasting outcomes and changing young lives.