The Wind Blew High


It was a windy Saturday in Norfolk, VA for the Virginia International Tattoo American Pipe Band Championships, but the sun was shining and the pipes were singing!

The MacMillan bands always enjoy competing at this event: the venue is unique, the standard is high, and the atmosphere is always welcoming.

It’s a great kickoff to the competition season and we often get to meet with bands we don’t normally see throughout the season, such as the 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland who challenged up to compete at the Grade 2 level this weekend after also competing in the Grade 3 events. We look forward to hearing more from them in the future!

While MacMillan took first in both Grade 2 events at Norfolk, lead tip Alex Kuldell led the corps for an additional drum fanfare event, which was also well received!

With more competitions on the horizon, all three of the MacMillan bands are back to the grind preparing for the Colonial Highland Gathering in just a few short weeks.

Kudos to YouTuber Aarickq Light for taking video at Norfolk!

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 Season Begins

April – Dunedin Games, Florida

St Thomas Alumn won overall based on MSR ensemble. MacMillan places a solid 3rd over Atlanta.

Grade 2
1st City of Dunedin (2,2,1,1) – Ensemble
2nd St. Thomas Alumni (1,1,2,2)
3rd MacMillan
4th Atlanta
Judges: Terry Lee, Stuart Liddell (piping); Stephen McWhirter (drumming); Robert Mathieson (ensemble)

1st St. Thomas Alumni (1,2,1,2) – Ensemble
2nd City of Dunedin (2,1,2,1)
3rd MacMillan
4th Atlanta
Judges: Andrew Berthoff, Jack Lee (piping); Gordon Parkes (drumming); Ken Eller (ensemble)

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!