Piping Live! Big Band 2018

Join us in 2018 as we make the Piping Live! Big Band even bigger and better! 

This year we are partnering with the fantastic Scottish Association for Mental Health – SAMH. Music and playing an instrument can improve mental health and being part of a group like a pipe band can give opportunities to talk and connect with people. So we are delighted to be supporting SAMH to promote good mental health, and awareness of Mental Health problems, with our Big Band fundraising this year.

The Piping Live! Big Band parade will take place on Monday 13th August and we need as many pipers, drummers and more to register so we can make it another fantastic year. Whether you are in a pipe band or not, come and join the Piping Live! big band, for your chance to take part in the festival. Top pipers and drummers from across the globe will be joining the band, and you could be part of it too!

Jo Anderson, Director of External Affairs at SAMH said: “We are absolutely delighted to be involved with Piping Live 2018 and can’t wait to see Big Band Members take to Glasgow’s streets bringing energy and great music all in support of Scotland’s mental health. We know that mental health is an issue close to the hearts of the piping community and we couldn’t be more grateful as this fantastic event will help to spread the important message of being open about mental health and seeking help.
Our thanks to everyone involved and look forward to cheering you on in August.”

Roddy MacLeod, Director of Piping Live! and Big Band Pipe Major said: “We are delighted that through Piping Live! we are able to help raise funds for such an important charity which helps people across Scotland. I can’t wait for another great event!”

  • Just enter online below and join the band today!
  • You will be issued with details about the tunes we will play – but rest assured, it will be playable for all levels of piper! These will be with you by Friday 13th July at the latest.Details about the route and the event will be with you when they are 100% finalised.
  • For your £10 joining fee you will receive an exclusive Piping Live! Big Band t-shirt and a donation from every entry will go towards SAMH.

Register before Thursday 26th July to guarantee your tshirt size!


Stewards will accompany the band as it makes its way along the parade route, to keep players safe and ensure the parade runs smoothly. This year we need 20 volunteers to help guide the parade.
Could you help? If you can be a volunteer steward, please email marketing@thepipingcentre.co.uk for more information.

So come along and join in, and have the chance to play alongside some of the top names in piping!


Register Now!

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