The Western United States Pipe Band Association has officially sanctioned the Pikes Peak Celtic Festival and competition for bands, solo pipes, and solo drums. All of these performing groups will be added to the lineup for the weekend. Pipe bands and soloists from around the region are invited to come participate in the festival and earn their chance to kick off the piping competition season in the lead. Events will include Grade 3 and Grade 4 competitions, solo piping competitions, and solo drumming competitions. Also on both Saturday and Sunday the festival will hold the usual noon day ceremonies that will feature the combined bands and all of the participating WUSPBA pipe bands playing the iconic Amazing Grace.
Competition Grades Include:
- Grade 4 Bands
- Grade 3 Bands
- Solo Piping (Chanter up to Grade 2)
- Solo Drumming (Snare & Tenor & Bass)
- Drum Salute
Each pipe band in the region will receive an invitation to participate. The band competitions will have substantial prize money for the best in each competition. In addition awards and medals will be given out for the event.
The Western United States Pipe Band Association is a an association of pipe bands from the Western United States. It sanctions band and solo piping competitions and has a membership of over fifty bands.
The association was founded in 1963 and was originally called the Pacific Coast Pipe Band Association. Later, it expanded geographically to include more of the Western United States, including bands in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado, Idaho, and Utah. It offers band, solo piping and drumming, and drum major competitions with accredited judges at WUSPBA-sanctioned events in several states, and it is a member of the Alliance of North American Pipe Band Associations. The association also maintains a list of instructors within the area of its jurisdiction. The organization includes over fifty bands, ranging from juvenile and grade 5 bands to grade one bands such as the Prince Charles Pipe Band and the Los Angeles Scots.
Link to WUSPBA: CLICK HERE