Interested in learning to play the bagpipes or drums?

No experience required! Lessons are free! If you are interested in learning to play bagpipes, you can purchase a starter kit here and bring it with you to our practice time.

MPB is also seeking experienced pipers and drummers.


Bethel Presbyterian Church

Practice is every Wednesday from 7 pm – 9 pm

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The Macdonald Pipe Band of Pittsburgh, Inc. is one of the oldest active bands in the region. We are a not-for-profit organization [501 (c) (3)]. Our purpose is to further the Scottish arts by promoting the study and performance of its music. We are a modern, competitive pipe band with a keen eye towards the future but mindful of our forebears and the traditions that shaped us.

Do you need a pipe band for a special event in your life?

The Macdonald Pipe Band of Pittsburgh is available for any event, as a band, a small group or on an individual basis. Having us at your event is sure to make it even more memorable!

For information about booking the band for an event, please contact our pipe major.

Friends of the Macdonald Pipe Band

We are looking for Greater Pittsburgh area people who are interested in helping the band in a variety of ways, including helping get the word out about our performances and special events such as the Burns Supper. We also are always seeking sponsors and fundraising opportunities. If you are interested in being our “friend,” please send an email to Pipe Major Betsy Bethel-McFarland at


Some upcoming events we will be performing at:

Wheeling Celtic Celebration
Saturday, March 2 from 12-1 PM
Wheeling Artisan Center
1400 Main St., Wheeling, WV


CHANGE Inc. St. Paddy’s Fest
Friday, March 15 @ 7:30 PM
Mountaineer Racetrack, Newell, WV


Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Market Square Street Fest
Saturday, March 16 @ 10 AM
Downtown Pittsburgh & Market Square


Quaker Steak & Lube St. Patrick’s Day Party
Sunday, March 17 @ 4:30 PM
101 Chestnut St., Sharon, PA


Ohio Valley Indoor Competition
Saturday, March 23 – all day
College of Wooster


Pittsburgh Tartan Day
Saturday, April 6 @ 4 PM
Bethel Presbyterian Church