Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) is a governing body to oversee pipe band competition, and to promote and encourage the development of pipe band culture throughout the world. It was founded, and has been active, since 1930.

The RSPBA sets the rules and guidelines for pipe band contests that take place in the United Kingdom, administers the events themselves, coordinating adjudication, logistics and evaluation, and holds Annual General Meetings to ensure that the rules and regulations are up to date. In addition, the RSPBA administers and coordinates the World Pipe Band Championships, the largest and most prestigious competitive pipe band event of the year, held every August in Glasgow. In addition to "The World's", there are four other Major Contests - Scottish, British, European and United Kingdom Championships. At Branch level, there are numerous contests held at Highland Games and any venue which raises the fund to hold a contest. Bands are placed in a Grade system - from Grade 4 up to Grade 1. Competitive standards are set and maintained by the Music Board, and each branch of the RSPBA may appoint two National Council members to represent their Branch Members at the national level.

Associated organizationsEdit

The RSPBA has many sister organizations throughout the world. Some of these organizations include:



  • Australian Pipe Band Association
  • New South Wales Pipe Band Association


  • Alberta Society of Pipers & Drummers
  • Alliance of North American Pipe Band Associations
  • Atlantic Canada Pipe Band Association
  • Piper's And Pipe Band Society of Ontario
  • Prairie Pipe Band Association of Manitoba
  • Saskatchewan Pipe Band Association
  • British Columbia Piper's Association


  • Irish Pipe Band Association


  • Bagpipe Association of Germany


  • Netherlands Pipe Band Association

New ZealandEdit

  • Royal New Zealand Pipe Bands' Association


South AfricaEdit

  • Pipe Band Association of South Africa


  • Pipe Band Association of Switzerland

United StatesEdit

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