The Alma College Pipe Band has become an iconic symbol for the college. From the moment first-year students step on campus, they are greeted with bagpipes as they walk through the gauntlet of faculty members at Welcoming Convocation.
Through the course of their four years at Alma, they will hear the pipes at football games, soccer games, Burns Dinners, the traditions dinner and Tartan Day—not to mention the countless times they hear a piper playing off in the distance, practicing each day. At commencement the graduates are honored by passing through the gauntlet of faculty members once again with the pipers leading the way.
Each time the pipes strike in their haunting, majestic sound, the backs of Alma students, alumni and faculty members straighten a little taller and chins come up a little more with pride. And once in a while, you’ll see toes tapping along or even a jig break out to the lively music. It’s all right. We won’t judge you. But we may throw a kilt on you and give you a scholarship if you’re good.
After all, we’re good! Since forming in January of 2011 the Alma College Pipe Band has experienced competitive successes that include winning the 2012 U.S. Pipe Band Championship (Grade V) and the 2013 U.S. Pipe Band Championship (Grade VI). The Bass section won best bass at the 2013 U.S. Pipe Band Championship and at the 2013 St. Louis Highland Games. Most recently, the ensemble won the 2014 and 2015 US Pipe Band Championships in Grade IV, and in 2016 placed first in regular competition.
For more information about Piping at Alma College, contact Andrew Duncan, Piping Director and Co-Coordinator of Highland Arts.