About The Worlds

The World Pipe Band Championships as we currently know them have been staged since 1947 although the Grade 1 Pipe Band Competition winners at the annual Cowal Highland Gathering were recognised as World Champions as far back as 1906.

The Worlds now regularly attract more than 220 bands with more than a quarter coming from overseas. The event regularly receives entries from 15 or more countries. The record entry is 239 bands.

13 nations entered in 2018

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The bands are placed in 8 different competition grades according to ability and results.

As many as 40% of the pipers and drummers taking part each year are 25 and under.

The Worlds in Glasgow

70th anniversary of the first time the event was held in the city. It has been held in several venues around the city and has been held here continuously since 1986. In that time the World Pipe Band Championships have become firmly established in Glasgow’s Calendar of events and one which the city looks forward to hosting for years to come