February Solo Contest Results

MacMillan members across the bands had a productive February among solo competitions walking away with a few Piper of the Day awards and an entry to the World Solo Drumming Championship. Great to see so many pipers and drummers prepared so early in the year for what will surely be a great 2023 season!!

Rose & Shamrock Festival (Lancaster, PA)

Olivia Corcoran – Grade 2 Piper of the Day;  4 1st’s with above grade levels (AGL), 1 2nd in Piobaireachd

Tom Cangelosi – Grade 1 Piper of the Day; 3 1st’s with 1 AGL in light music, 2nd in Piobaireachd

Thomas DeBuchananne – 2 2nd’s and a 3rd with 1 AGL in light music, 1st in Piobaireachd

Lindsey Bloom – G4 Piper of the Day; 2nd in light music, 1st in Piobaireachd

RSPBA Intercontinental Drumming Championship (Dunedin, FL)

Alexander Kuldell –  4th place and entry to the RSPBA World Solo Drumming Championship

Winter Storm Results

After a great trip full of tunes, catching up with old band friends, and some quality time spent together we have some excellent results for some of our band mates!

Alexander Kuldell- 6th in Gold Medal Snare Drum, 5th in Gold Medal Bass Drum, and 2nd in Amateur Tenor Drum
Tom Cangelosi- 2nd in Grade 1 Piobaireachd and 4th in Ceol Beag
John Bertino- 6th in Grade 2 Piobaireachd
Seton Helwig- 4th in Amateur Tenor

So proud of all the band members that came out and got back at it this weekend at the first Winter Storm in three years and we plan to have even more of us competing throughout the coming season!

MacMillan Heads to Winter Storm 2023

We are lucky to have so many hardworking and driven members heading to Winter Storm in Kansas City, Missouri later this week. Join us in wishing each band member good luck and a good tune this weekend!

  • Andrew Donlon- Gold Medal Piobaireachd and Ceol Beag
  • Tony Adkins- Silver Medal Piobaireachd and Ceol Beag
  • Mary Wallace- Silver Medal Piobaireachd and Ceol Beag
  • Tom Cangelosi- Grade 1 Piobaireachd and Ceol Beag
  • Luke Ashton- Grade 2 Piobaireachd and Ceol Beag
  • John Bertino- Grade 2 Piobaireachd and Ceol Beag
  • James Piccione- Grade 2 Piobaireachd and Ceol Beag
  • Alexander Kuldell- Gold Medal Snare Drum, Gold Medal Bass Drum, and Amateur Tenor Drum
  • Beth Anderson-Morgan- Gold Medal Bass Drum and Amateur Tenor Drum
  • Whitney Glenn- Gold Medal Tenor Drum
  • Seton Helwig- Amateur Tenor Drum

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)