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Members of the Appalachian Highlanders Pipes and Drums take pride in demonstrating their philanthropic spirit by donating time and talent to various community efforts.

Based in Abingdon, Virginia, the Appalachian Highlanders Pipes & Drums bring together individuals from all over southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee, who share a common interest in our Scots-Irish heritage and the thrilling music of the bagpipe and drum. Ranging in ages from 18 to 80, our members come from a variety of backgrounds, including: doctors, dentists, teachers, engineers, computer programmers, and students. Disproving the old adage about old dogs and new tricks, most of our members took up the pipe later in life. Membership is open to anyone (young or old) interested in the music of the Highlands.

In the past few years, we have had the honor and privilege of sharing our love for the pipes by performing throughout the region at events such as: Plum Alley Days and the Highlands Festival Celtic Music Weekend in Abingdon, Virginia; The Kaleidoscope Holiday Parade and the Hungry Mother Arts and Crafts Fair in Marion, Virginia; several fall festivals in the region including War, West Virginia; the Loch Norman Highland Games in Huntersville, North Carolina; The Radford Highland Games in Radford, Virginia; Bristol's Rhythm & Roots Reunion; The Roanoke St. Patrick's day parade and Celtic Festival in Roanoke, Virginia, and at the famous Barter Theater in Abingdon, Virginia. In addition, some of our members give their time to provide programs for school groups and music clubs about our cultural heritage and the music of the bagpipe. Shortly after the events of September 11, two of our members took time away from their jobs to participate in a memorial service for the lost New York firefighters with the Bristol, Virginia and Tennessee Fire Departments.

Since so many of the original settlers in our southern Appalachians were Scots-Irish Highlanders, we are delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate that heritage by participating at these events.

Membership is free and is open to anyone, male or female, regardless of age, that has an interest in playing the bagpipe or drum. We are a non-competition street band. Our main purpose is for fun but we are also dedicated to playing our music well.

Piping and drumming instruction is available for individuals who are serious about learning to play. Previous musical experience is desirable but not necessary.

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