Bergen Pipes & Drums has been an active part of the Norwegian cultural scene ever since it was first formed in 2005 as Bergen Pipeband. Based in Bergen on the west coast of Norway, the band is a traditional pipe band mainly focused on Scottish and Celtic music, and is open to any arrangements of tunes that can be played on the bagpipes.
Since 2009 the band has been focused on raising the musical standard through tuition, workshops and introducing a more challenging repertoire. Bergen Pipes & Drums became the first Norwegian pipe band to compete musically when it took part in the 2013 World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.
The band is part of Bergen Scottish Society and is a regular feature at ceilidhs, Burns’ suppers, the 17th of May celebrations, cultural events and Remembrance Day commemorations in the city. Bergen Pipes & Drums plays at public and private events around Norway and has been featured on national and local television, on the radio and in the press.
Bergen Pipes & Drums is a member The Pipe Band Association of Scandinavia and aims to strengthen bonds with other pipe bands internationally. Leading pipers and drummers from top grades are invited to Bergen to coach and play with the band as a part of this ambition.
Pipe Major Thomas De Ridder