THE BOISE HIGHLANDERS
GENERAL INFO, TALKING POINTS, FOR THE PRESS OR PROMOTIONAL USE
Established in 1961, the Boise Highlanders is the largest bagpipe band in Idaho and one of the oldest in the northwest United States.
The band is composed of an all-volunteer collection of pipers, drummers, and dancers ranging in age from under 10 to over 70. They range from beginners to award-winning competitors.
The band currently has about 35 active members.
The band is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.
In honor of its 50th anniversary, the band produced a CD of some of its favorite tunes. The CD, “Raise the Pipes,” is available for purchase directly from the band.
Among the many performances that the band conducts every year, the largest are Robbie Burns Nicht every January, St. Patrick’s Day in March, the Treasure Valley Highland Games in Boise, and the Trailing of the Sheep festival in the Wood River Valley in October.
Pipers and drummers wear the Davidson tartan; dancers are encouraged to wear the tartan of their choice, giving an extra flare of color and variety to the band’s appearance.
Boise parades are a favorite activity, usually the Fourth of July, and Veteran's Day Parade. The band is available for other parades, concerts, and events outside Boise.
The band has also appeared in various venues outside of Idaho, including Chief Joseph Days in Oregon, Global Village in Ontario (Oregon), and a regular appearance at the Athena Caledonian Games (Oregon) every July.
New and beginning pipers, drummers, and dancers are always welcome. The band conducts a Piping School to introduce new prospective pipers to the instrument – no previous musical knowledge is necessary.
The public is always welcome to attend Thursday night band practices.
The Pipe Major is Grant Harbison, and the Drum Sgt. is Locke Nuttall.
For further information, contact
Ron Lopez, Band Manager