Greenville Highland Games

May 27, 2016

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The Atholl Highlanders Pipes and Drums USA placed 5th overall at the Greenville Highland Games.  Our drum corps placed 4th in the competition.

Drum Sgt. Denise Duncan had a second and third place in her solo competitions.

Congratulations to all of the band on it’s hard work.



Atlanta Steeplechase

Bagpipers at Atlanta Steeplechase, 1997.
Back row,  L-R: Charlotte Clarke; Berkeley Strobel, pipe major; Wayne Coleman; Ron Dachs. Front row L-R: Chris Rickert; Don Bogue, drum major.

The AHPD has been honored to participate in opening ceremonies for the Atlanta Steeplechase for many years. This photo was taken in 1997, the first year the steeplechase was held at its current location. In prior years it was held at the Seven Branches Farm in Cumming.

Marching on the deep, thick grass on the stretch is always a challenge,  but this photo, Continue reading Atlanta Steeplechase

The Minstrel Boy

Atholl Highlanders USA march in St. Patrick's Day Parade, downtown Atlanta

“The Minstrel Boy” was written by Irish poet and artiste Thomas Moore. He wrote the lyrics in commemoration of friends who had died in the 1798 Irish Rebellion, and set it to the tune of an old Irish air called “The Moreen.” The song quickly became a popular patriotic song, both in Ireland and among Irishmen abroad, including Irish-American Civil War Regiments. Continue reading The Minstrel Boy

AHPD Travels to Scotland — Twice!

Pipefest 2005. Photo: Carol Thompson

In August of 2000, The AHPD marched in the Millennium Piping Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, along with thousands of  bandsmen from around the world.  The parade, in support of Marie Curie Cancer Care, stepped off behind Edinburgh Castle and went through the heart of the city’s New Town on Princes Street. Continue reading AHPD Travels to Scotland — Twice!

At the Fox with The Chieftains

Atholl Highlanders USA with at Fox Theatre with The ChieftainsPerforming on a world-class stage with world-class musicians in front of a large appreciative audience is something we’ll never forget.

In February of 2009, The Chieftains contacted us about whether a unit of 10 musicians from our band could accompany them on stage for their concert at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. Of course we said yes!

HOW Long?!

The concert was less than three weeks out, and we needed to learn two new pieces of music as a band. Continue reading At the Fox with The Chieftains

The Green Hills of Tyrol

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AHPD performing with massed bands at the Stone Mountain Highland Games.

At any highland games, when all the bands gather on the field, you’re likely to hear the familiar strains of Green Hills of Tyrol. It is usually played as a set with When the Battle’s O’er.

The Green Hills of Tyrol is one of the best-known, and oldest, tunes played by pipe bands today. It was originally from the opera “William Tell” by Rossini, but Continue reading The Green Hills of Tyrol