Kitchen Piping Contest

Saturday, July 16, 2022

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Monterey Hyatt Ballroom

Next door to the Ceilidh


Join us for our 1st annual
kitchen piping contest!

A freestyle bagpiping competition with

10 top bagpipers competing for the

world's highest prizes.

$1,000 First Place

$750 Second Place

$250 Third Place

Our master of ceremonies for the contest,
Colin Armstrong of LA Scots pipe band,
will introduce the competitors. 

Buy tickets here

World-class Judges

Competitors will be judged on their proficiency and creativity

Meet the judges >

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Bruce Gandy

For the last 20 years, Bruce has been one of the dominant players on the World scene, winning the Gold Medals at Inverness and Oban, the Bratach Gorm (Blue Banner) in London, The Silver Star for Former Winners and 2nd prize winner at the Glenfiddich Championships. 

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Duncan Millar

Duncan Millar played in the snare line of Simon Fraser University for 20 years winning four World Pipe Band Championships and four Grade 1 World Drum Corps Championships. He was also lead-drummer of the Grade 2 LA Scots for many years.

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Terry Lee

As the Pipe Major of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band he led the band to winning the World Grade 1 Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland six times!  He was also leader and musical director at the band’s concerts in  Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center.


Top International Competitors

Adam Blaine

St. Thomas Alumni Pipe Band (USA)

Alistair Lee

Simon Fraser University Pipe Band (Canada)

Austin Diepenhorst

Cameron Highlanders Pipe Band (USA)

Gordon Conn

Simon Fraser University (Canada)

Glen Thompson

Formerly Cabar Feidh Pipe Band (USA)

Jeff Cullen

Formerly of LA Scots (USA)

Ross Miller

Inveraray Pipe Band (Scotland)

Steven McElhaney

Prince Charles Pipe Band (USA)

Xavier Boderiou

Formerly of SFU (France)

1 more competitor to be announced


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Learn more about kitchen piping

Our kitchen piping contest is a one-of-a-kind freestyle solo bagpiping competition with no rules other than a 5 minute time limit.

Expect to see some of the top bagpipers in the world demonstrate their creativity, proficiency, speed, non-traditional finger work and sometimes even unexpected attire.

To support the top pipers in the world joining us from all over North America and Europe we made our event the highest prize money kitchen piping contest in the world.

Be sure to join us at what will be a fun and captivating event. Tickets can be purchased here.

For those looking to get a better understanding of some examples of kitchen piping see the great examples below:

Image by Michael Discenza

Join us for the
After Party!

9:30 pm - 1:00 am

Knuckles Sports Bar

at the 

Monterey Hyatt Resort