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Schools and Programs

Balmoral offers summer sessions in various locations around the US, music programs for elementary schools and lessons for those living in or near Pittsburgh.

The Balmoral Classic

Are you a talented young Piper or Drummer? Learn about Balmoral’s solo bagpiping and Scottish snare drumming competition for those age 21 and under.

Balmoral Pipes & Drums

Our Pittsburgh-based band is comprised of pipers and drummers of all ages. New members with an interest in piping or drumming are always welcomed.

Apply for the Balmoral Classic 2017 US Junior Piping & Drumming Championships!

What they’re saying

“This school was how I learned to be a good bagpiper. The instructors are world class.
And the administrators are the best (professional, kind, and fun!”

Whitney Alison

“Wonderful time, as always! Where else can you walk into
a teacher’s room at midnight and get help with a tune?”

Dan McNamara

“This is a great school for ALL pipers and drummers. From beginner
to advanced you will have a great time and learning experience.”

PM Robert Mathieson

“The Balmoral Schools are run the way piping schools should be run.”
Iain McLellan, Pipe Major of the 12-time world champion Strathclyde Police Pipe Band

Ian Maclellan

“I had a great experience at the 2015 Pittsburgh school! The instructors, classes and
workshops were top notch. Can’t wait to attend again this summer!”

Lacy Acres Mahler

“The instructors are experts in their field and help to produce rapid results and focused instruction.”
Craig Copeland, Kentucky session

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Craig Copeland

“My teenage son had a wonderful week, learned 15 new tunes, made new friends,
learned from fabulous instructors and wants to go back.”

Elaine Eltringham

“They pushed us in small bites, challenging but not out of reach — truly understanding.”
Mike Bench, California session

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Mike Bench

“The Balmoral Classic helped to promote Pittsburgh’s place in the piping world,
while entertaining pipers and non-pipers alike.”

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“Other pipers in our band went to other schools that had much larger classes and they did not receive
anything to compare to the small focused sessions at Balmoral. Being an older player I don’t have
time to waste.”
David Hopper, Illinois Session

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About Balmoral

“To raise the standard and promote the appreciation of bagpipe music in the USA by providing world-class instruction, cultivating excellence in youth, presenting innovative musical events, and fostering tradition.”

America’s leader in bagpiping and drumming instruction, performance, and collaboration, Balmoral School was established in 1979 by co-founders George Balderose and James McIntosh, MBE, and is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt educational organization. The school celebrates and teaches traditional bagpipe music dating to the 15th century, as well as more recent compositions in the traditional style, including the competition repertoire.

Latest news

In concert, Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas at the Balmoral Classic

Concert: Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas

In concert, Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, Scottish fiddle & cello music of unrivaled beauty, eloquence & passion. The Balmoral Classic Concert features master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser & vibrant young cellist Natalie Haas, plus bagpipers, drummers & dancers! The musical partnership between consummate performer Alasdair Fraser, “the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling,” and brilliant Californian […]

Bagpiping competition, Drumming competition, The Balmoral Classic 2017

Balmoral Classic Competition

ANNOUNCING THE 2017 BALMORAL CLASSIC COMPETITION! The Balmoral School’s Championships for Young Pipers and Drummers On November 18, 2017, the 11th annual Balmoral Classic, the US Junior Solo Bagpiping and Solo Snare Drumming Championships, will take place in in Pittsburgh, PA. The competition, for entrants 21 years of age or younger, is part of a weekend-long celebration of Highland […]

George Balderose, Director of the Balmoral School, teaches bagpipe music at Summer Strings.

Bagpipe Music at Summer Strings

From June 19-23, 2017, Balmoral School Director George Balderose taught over 60 young musicians in attendance at the 2017 Carnegie Mellon University Summer Strings Program, an annual event for 10-16 year old students of the violin, viola, cello, and bass. The students received instruction on the history and fundamentals of Scottish bagpipe music and the playing […]

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