Where we’re going we don’t need… off-seasons.

img_20190329_200912.jpgFor MacMillan, there is no off-season. We are hard at work year round perfecting our craft and keeping to our mission of creating and promoting pipe band excellence in the USA! All three of the MacMillan bands have been working diligently on new music in preparation for the 2019 season,  which is already shaping up to be a smashing year.

Just this past weekend we invited Jack Lee, Pipe Sergeant of the six-time World Champion Simon Fraser University (SFU) Pipe Band from British Columbia, for a band workshop and concert. Both the workshop and the concert were a huge success, putting us well on our way for 2019.

In just a couple of short weeks MacMillan and MacMillan-Birtles will be heading to Norfolk, Virginia for the first competition of the season: the American Pipe Band Championship. We’re looking forward to a great day out, and we wish all the bands participating good luck and make great music! All the while, MacMillan-Dunn is practicing diligently for their 2019 debut at the Colonial Highland Gathering at Fair Hill this May.

Preparations are also well underway for MacMillan to once again attend the World Pipe Band Championships in August! Stay tuned for further details as we continue our journey to pipe band excellence.






2018 Winter Storm Results (the MacMillan edition)

Congratulations to our brilliant band members who came away with medals this past weekend!

  • Seton Helwig – 2nd place, Intermediate Tenor
  • Sam Johnson – 3rd place, North American Gold Medal Tenor
  • Ben Elkins – 2nd place (three-way tie for first), North American Gold Medal Bass
  • Andrew Donlon – 2nd place, US Gold Medal Piobaireachd
  • Betsy Morgan – 4th place, Amateur Tenor, 6th place North American Gold Medal Bass


2018 Winter Storm

Off to Kansas City They Go!

A large contingent of our members are heading off to 2018 Winter Storm to compete. 

  • Kevin Watkins – G3 MSR and Piob
  • Ana Oyler – G3 Snare
  • Ben Elkins – Gold Medal Bass
  • Mary Wallace – Silver Medal Piobaireachd and Light Music Qualifier
  • Martina Murphy – Amateur Tenor
  • Andrew Donlon – Gold Medal Ceol Beag, Piobaireachd
  • Dawn Meade – Amateur Tenor
  • Seton Helwig – Amateur Tenor
  • Beth Morgan – Amateur Tenor, Gold Medal Bass
  • Sam Johnson – Gold Medal Tenor
  • Alex Kuldell – Gold Medal Snare

Wish them luck!

MacMillan Cleans House at Winter Storm!!


A hearty congratulations to our MacMillan drummers and piper who took home some hardware from Winter Storm this weekend in Kansas City! Kevin Watkins placed 2nd in the Grade 3 Piobaireachd competition. In Professional Tenor Drumming, Sam Johnson placed 2nd. In Intermediate Tenor Drumming, Dawn Meade placed 2nd. In Professional Bass Harry Meade placed 2nd, and Ben Elkins won Gold!

On the Road to Success!

The MacMillan bands have been hard at work this season, so we’ve had little time for updating here on the site. If you’ve been watching us on our Facebook page, you will have no doubt heard of our successes both at the Jersey Shore Celtic Festival and at the Glasgowlands Scottish Festival!

MacMillan-Birtles took first place at Jersey Shore against a strong field of eight bands, and remains undefeated this season!

At Glasgowlands, the MacMillan Pipe Band took a first place against our friends NY Metro and a very strong field of grade 3 challenge-ups!

Both bands look forward to continuing their successes as they travel to Ontario next weekend to compete in the North American Championships!