Sunday, October 29, 2017

November Gathering - November 5th, 2017


Welcome to the holiday season preparation Gathering of 2017 the season of the Bloomington Pipers' Society! Pipers, drummers, dancers, and those who enjoy spending time with us are all welcome (bring friends).

Grade 1 piper and teacher, Angus Martin, will work with the pipers present to learn a selection of traditional holiday tunes and get them up on pipes by the end of the gathering. Pipers, please bring your practice chanters in addition to your bagpipes.

  • St. Thomas Lutheran Church
  • 3800 E. 3rd Street (corner of east 3rd and Smith Road)
    • Enter through the west end doors
  • Sunday, November 5th
  • 4:00 - 6:00pm

Thursday, September 28, 2017

October Gathering - October 8th, 2017

Welcome to the first Gathering of the 2017-2018 season of the Bloomington Pipers' Society! Pipers, drummers, dancers, and those who enjoy spending time with us are all welcome (bring friends). We will take some time at this first Gathering of the season to discuss the upcoming Gatherings and see what sorts of performances everyone is interested in attending.

We will have group performances of Great Highland Bagpipes, soloists, our closing piobaireachd, and others!

  • St. Thomas Lutheran Church
  • 3800 E. 3rd Street (corner of east 3rd and Smith Road)
  • Enter through the west end doors
  • Sunday, October 8th
  • 4:00 - 6:00pm

Saturday, July 1, 2017

July 2017 President's Letter - Summer Events

Due to travel and competitions for local bagpipers, the Bloomington Pipers' Society does not run many events during the summer. However, that does not mean bagpipers are not out and about performing!

In the month of July, there will be several opportunities to see bagpipers play in public.

The first, and most major, is the Bloomington Fourth of July Parade. The Scottish Society of Greater Bloomington marches in the parade, and it is a tradition that they also have the Southern Indiana Pipes & Drums play in the parade. Several BPS pipers will be performing with the band in this parade.

There will also be several times in the next few months where pipers take to the farmer's market to perform in and around the market itself. These pipers will be piping for the Bloomington Pipers' Society. If you are at the market, come out to say hello and listen to some of our pipers!

In September, the Columbus Scottish Festival takes place at the Bartholomew County 4H Fairgrounds. This event is run in part by BPS members, and features pipe bands and soloists from across the Midwest, as well as other  performers, athletes, and vendors. This is a great event and you should definitely attend it! BPS members will be performing in both the Southern Indiana Pipes & Drums and the Fountain Trust Pipe Band at the festival. Fountain Trust will be competing at the festival on Saturday, September 9.

Don't forget to mark your calendars with our main season gatherings! Below are the dates for those events - all of them occur from 4:00PM to 6:00PM.

BPS 2017-2018 Gatherings

October 8, 2017
November 5, 2017
December 3, 2017
January 7, 2018
February 4, 2018
March 4, 2018
April 8, 2018
May 6, 2018

If you are a BPS member, and have not received a copy of the set tunes, please contact us at bloomingtonpipers@gmail.com, and we will confirm your membership and send you the set tunes. These common tunes are meant to allow ensemble performances by the membership at our meetings, so get your copy! If you are not a member and would like a copy, please visit our Membership Page to sign up.

Finally, keep an eye out on our YouTube Channel for videos of piping events over the summer. We've just posted the Grade 3 band contests from the Ohio Scottish Games this weekend, and will post videos from other events over the summer months.

Happy piping,

Angus Martin, BPS President

Friday, June 23, 2017

Band videos from Chicago 2017

Audio on the left and audio/video on the right
The Society recorded video of most of the bands competing at the 2017 Chicago Scottish Festival & Highland Games. We apologize that we were not able to record the Grade 5 bands.


We hope you enjoy the recordings.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

2017-2018 Season

The board of directors have set the dates and times for our new season for 2017-2018! Some changes are coming, the biggest of which is the addition of an extra month to our main season. We will now be holding gatherings from October through May, rather than October through April.

October 8, 2017
November 5, 2017
December 3, 2017
January 7, 2018
February 4, 2018
March 4, 2018
April 8, 2018
May 6, 2018


All gatherings are from 4:00PM to 6:00PM

We will once again be meeting at St. Thomas Lutheran Church at 3800 E 3rd Street in Bloomington. Details of the monthly programs will be coming shortly.

Interested in joining the Bloomington Pipers' Society as a member? Visit our Membership Page for details! If you are interested in volunteering to help run our gatherings, please email us at bloomingtonpipers@gmail.com. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

April Gathering - April 23rd, 2017

Our final main series gathering of the season for the Bloomington Pipers' Society! Details of our April gathering are forthcoming. For Society paid members, there will be an Annual General Meeting for 2016-2017 from 4:00PM to 4:30PM.

We will have group performances of Great Highland Bagpipes, soloists, our closing piobaireachd, and others!

  • St. Thomas Lutheran Church
  • 3800 E. 3rd Street (corner of 3rd and Smith Road)
  • Enter through the west end doors
  • Sunday, April 23rd
  • 4:00 - 4:30 will be our Annual General Meeting for members (non-members are welcome)
  • 4:30 - 6:00 will be the Gathering proper

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

March Gathering - March 26th, 2017

Come out to the March gathering of the Bloomington Pipers' Society! This month we will be showcasing Bloomington's own Great Highland Bagpipers, both individuals and in groups!

This is also a great time to socialize with bagpipers, ask questions, and make contacts in the bagpiping scene here in Bloomington.

  • St. Thomas Lutheran Church
  • 3800 E. 3rd Street (corner of 3rd and Smith Road)
  • Enter through the west end doors
  • Sunday, March 26th
  • 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm