The Caledonian Pipes and Drums of Billings is a non-profit organization whose stated mission is to preserve
the legacy of Highland piping and drumming, which, although native to the Highlands of Scotland, has been alive in Eastern
Montana for five generations.
The band meets in the Band Room at Billings West High School, 2201 St.
Johns Ave, every Wednesday night from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM and offers free piping and drumming instruction to all interested
Prospective members of the band must demonstrate competency on either pipes or drums and then
be voted into the band by the members. Although there is no charge to join, members must provide their pipes and certain pieces
of the uniform. It is the responsibility of each member to maintain issued uniform and equipment to the highest standards
and to uphold the band's image in the community through playing ability, uniformity in dress and any other way that could
affect the band's reputation.
The band currently performs in 10-20 parades, highland games, memorial services,
and community events throughout Montana and Wyoming each year. It is a non-profit 501 (c3) corporation and thus can receive
tax-deductable contributions. Usually a fee is charged for performing depending on nature of the event, travel required, and
other expenses incurred. A certain number of charitable performances are also undertaken each year. Solo pipers and drummers
are available for hire as well.