What a Crawl it was….

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that came out and supported our Pub Crawl this past Saturday, March 25th.  What a time we had….even though it’s start was a bit rocky, we forged ahead and had a great time along the way.

We would especially like to thank our crawl stops, Clinton’s Ditch, Katie O’Byrnes, Pinhead Susan’s, Centre Street Pub, & The Schenectady AOH for their hospitality, generosity and support.  Also a very big thank you to our very own Bill Schmitt for coming up with, planning, & running this event!!

And last but not least….Congratulations to Nancy Zieker on winning the Trip to Scotland Raffle.  Thank you to all that entered.

We even made the Schenectady Gazette on Sunday 3/26

•For pictures of the event    Click Here
(photos are owned by Matthew J. Kelly, any reproduction or use without his written consent is prohibited)

The chance of a life time!!



Congratulations to Nancy Zieker on winning the raffle!!  We hope you enjoy your trip with us.

The 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