100th Anniversary Pub Crawl

 **UPDATE 3/24/2017 5:37 pm**

Online ticket sales for the pub crawl has ended.  You can still join in the fun though.  You can purchase you ticket at the first bar, Clinton’s Ditch and join us the rest of the way!!

Email us at info@schenectadypipeband.com for questions about the pub crawl.

**UPDATE 3/23/2017 8:15 am**

Pub Crawl information:
Thanks for joining the Schenectady Pipe Band on our Centennial Pub Crawl.  We will meet at the Schenectady Hibernian Hall, 1748 State Street, Schenectady NY 12305 at 12:30 PM.  There will be buses to take us to the first Pub, which will be Clinton’s Ditch on Erie Blvd. From there we’ll go to Katie O’Byrnes, Pinhead Susan’s, and the Center St Pub, spending about an hour at each place. At about 5:30, the buses will pick us up at the Center St Pub and bring us back to the Hibernian Hall for Shepard’s Pie and Irish Stew. There will be raffle drawings throughout the day, so  we’ll collect the stubs for the raffle drawings. Hold on to the ticket to receive a beautiful Guinness Glass with our Centennial logo etched on it (courtesy of DeCrescente Distributors) when we arrive back at the Hall.
After the food, we will have the Drawing for a round trip to Scotland plus a week’s lodging for you and a companion when the Band  goes to compete in the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow. Tickets for the Trip Raffle are $25, and a maximum of 300 will be sold (so far 127 have been purchased). If you’re unable to travel with us, you can choose the alternate prize of $2,000, but we’d sure like you to come with us!  If you have any questions please email us at info@schenectadypipeband.com 

See you Saturday!


Saturday, March 25th, 2017 starting at 1:00pm

As one of our Centennial Celebration events, we will conduct the 100th Anniversary Pub Crawl on March 25th.  Assembly will be at the Schenectady AOH at 1 PM, and proceed to Clinton’s Ditch as the first stop on the “Crawl”. From there we’ll go to Katie O’Byrnes, Pinhead Susans, and the Centre Street Pub. Of course, pipers and drummers will escort us in and out of each pub. At about 6 PM we’ll head back to the AOH where we’ll be treated to Shepareds Pie and Irish Stew, and the raffle drawing for a trip to Scotland for two. Raffle tickets are $25 each, with only 300 tickets being sold. If you’re unable to travel to Scotland with the Band, an alternate prize of $2,000 will be offered.

We hope you can join us and take part in celebrating our 100th Anniversary!!

Click here to purchase tickets 

For more information, please email us at info@schenectadypipeband.com

The chance of a life time!!

spb_100_concert_logoThe Schenectady Pipe Band will travel to Scotland to compete in the 2017 World Pipe Band Championships in August of 2017.

We’ll be leaving from JFK on August 3rd, 2017, and we would love to have you come with us.  Just to make it possible, we will be selling raffle tickets that could put you and a companion on a seat on that flight, and also a week’s lodging at Stirling University where the Band will be staying.

Only a maximum of 300 raffle tickets will be sold, and the drawing will be held at the Band’s Pub Crawl in April.  And don’t need to be present to win, and if for some reason you’re unable to travel with us, you can choose an alternate prize of $2,000.

So buy a raffle ticket before they’re all sold out!!  Just send a $25 check, made out to The Schenectady Pipe Band, to P.O. Box 13792, Albany, NY 12212.  Include your Name, Address, Phone Number, and email address, and we’ll enter you in the raffle and send your ticket stub back to you.

Sounds of a Century Concert

spb_100_concert_logoThe Schenectady Pipe Band, a Celtic heritage organization based in upstate New York is proud to announce the celebration of their centennial year.  As one of the oldest bagpipe bands in North America, The Schenectady Pipe Band was formed in 1917 when a stone cutter from Vermont named Isaac Riddell was chosen as the band’s first Pipe Major.  Mr. Riddell relocated to Schenectady NY and began a 100 year tradition of musical excellence that, in addition to winning the band multiple musical awards and championships, has  showcased their talents for international dignitaries, rock stars and thousands of loyal fans.

On November 27th, The Schenectady Pipe Band will present “A Century of Sound” at Proctors GE Theater.  We’ll record our second CD to commemorate the Centennial that afternoon, with lots of new music that the Band has been rehearsing. We’re doing this in partnership with the Schenectady St Andrews Society.

Get your tickets early at  Procters website as there are only 440 seats at this awesome venue. You’ll want to be part of this live recording. The concert begins at 3 PM, and an after concert gathering is planned at the AOH Celtic Crossing, 1748 State St.

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An Evening of Piping

This past Saturday April 9th, The SPB hosted An Evening of Piping at the Celtic Hall in Albany.  The evenings featured piper’s were Cameron Drummond & Alasdair Henderson, Pipe Sergeant from The Inveraray & District Pipe Band.   The event was well attended and it was great to have two pipers of their talent in the Capital District.  We hope to hold this event again.  Check our Facebook page for photos & videos from the night.  

SPB Garage Sale!!

Come support your local bagpipe band!!

The Schenectady Pipe Band will be holding a Multi-family Garage Sale.  The sale will run from Friday April 22nd through Sunday April 24th.  New items added everyday.  All proceeds will go to benefit the band’s Centennial Celebration in 2017.

799 Rainbow Drive
Schenectady, NY 12303
Friday 4/22 | 9am-4pm
Saturday 4/23 | 8am-4pm
Sunday 4/24 |10am-3pm


St. Patrick’s Day Parades

The St. Patrick’s Day season has come and gone.  With three parades and a performance under our belts, we’re off and running on the 2016 band season.

SPB on the march. Albany St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2016 (M.Kelly ©2016)

We started things off with the Albany St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday March 12th.  It was a awesome day weather wise for a parade.  With lots of people watching the band led the Albany AOH down the Avenue.

Our performance after the Mass. (N.Munro ©2016)

The following day the band took part, as it does every year, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception’s St. Patrick’s Day Mass.  This is always a favorite of ours.  We look forward to this mass every year.

SPB on the march. Delhi’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. (RedHenStudios ©2016)

The following weekend we all got on a bus and heading for Delhi, NY for their St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  The weather wasn’t as nice as it was for Albany’s parade but we bundled up, as much as you can wearing kilts, and got to it.  This parade is always well attended no matter the weather and again this year didn’t disappoint.   After the parade we played a few sets at O’Neill’s Shire Pub.   A very fine pub and we strongly recommend stopping by for a pint and some food if you every find yourself in Delhi, NY.  Click HERE for the video of the days events.

SPB on the march.  Lake George, NY St. Patrick's Day Parade.  (G. Burdett ©2016)
SPB on the march. Lake George, NY St. Patrick’s Day Parade. (G. Burdett ©2016)

Just a few hours to catch our breaths….well maybe just the pipers.  The following day after Delhi the band headed north for Lake George’s Sham ‘Rock’ The Block, St. Patrick’s Day celebration.   Another cold day but it was well worth the trip.  This was a new job for us and one we hope will be an annual one.

Well that’s is for the 2016 St. Patrick’s Day season.  We have a few weeks to practice up to get ready for College Graduation season.

Irish 2000 Festival

Our 1st preformance of the day (Courtesy of I2K)
Our 1st performance of the day (Photo courtesy of I2K)

On Saturday September 19th The band played at the 19th annual Irish 2000 music and arts festival at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds to close out our season.  The band has been playing at this festival since its inception in 1996.   It was a beautiful day filled with music and fun.  This festival has always been a band favorite.

Pipe Major Jeff Scheneck (John Carl D'Annibale / Times Union)
Pipe Major Jeff Schenck (John Carl D’Annibale / Times Union) Click on Photo for TU article
(Photos courtesy of Ray Bedard)
(Photos courtesy of Ray Bedard)
(Photos courtesy of Ray Bedard)
(Photos courtesy of Ray Bedard)
(Photos courtesy of Ray Bedard)
(Photos courtesy of Ray Bedard)

2015 Capital District Scottish Games

SPB Leading the Parade of Tartans (© CDSG/SPB)

What a beautiful weekend we had for the 38th annual Capital District Scottish Games.  Two picturesque days filled Music, fun & Scottish Heritage.

For information and results of the competitions visit the games website at www.scotgames.com

To view pictures of the 2015 Capital District Scottish Games Click Here

Weight for Distance (©CDSG/SPB)
Weight for Distance (©CDSG/SPB)
Opening Massed Bands (©CDSG/SPB)
Opening Massed Bands (©CDSG/SPB)
Highland Dancers (©CDSG/SPB)
Highland Dancers (©CDSG/SPB)

The Altamont Fair

The rain let up and the pipes came out(©SPB)

Last night (8/11/15) the band played two sets in the grove for the opening night of the Altamont Fair to promote The Capital District Scottish Games, which are held annually at the Altamont Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day Weekend.  We played before a generous crowd and the horses in the paddock area poked their heads over the fences to have a listen also.   All in all a great night to promote the Games.   For more information on the Capital District Scottish Games please visit www.scotgames.com 

The Pipe Major tunes alone (©SPB)


Irish Night at The Pruyn House with Get up Jack

A great evening for Pipes and Drums (©SPB 2015)
What a beautiful night for a concert at the Pruyn House in Latham.  It’s always a fun night to open at their Irish Night.  This years band was Get up Jack, who will also be performing at The Céilidh, Saturday night at the Capital District Scottish Games.   It was an awesome night with awesome music provided by The Schenectady Pipe Band and Get up Jack.

Be sure to catch Get up Jack at the Céilidh on Saturday night, September 5th from 7 to 10.  For ticket information visit www.scotgames.com.

A cool breeze & good tunes. (©SPB 2015)
We also welcomed our newest “little” band member Kieran, who was munching on his dad’s hat while he was playing the bass drum.  Welcome to the pipe band lifestyle little guy.

You guys play, I’m just going to chew on this hat. (©SPB 2015)
Stay tuned for more about our next job.  We will be playing at the Albany AOH on Saturday, August 1st for a Fundraiser for Find Your Way Home.  See the flyer below for details.

Till next time……



Sponsor of the Capital District Scottish Games in Altamont, NY