The biggest games on the Midwest’s calendar have arrived!
The Chicago Highland Games has gone from being merely a large games in the MidWest Pipe Band Association, to being truly the largest games in the region, and one of the largest contests on the continent. I am proud to say that myself and my band, the Fountain Trust Pipe Band, has participated in the growth for these games the past several years. This year, we go once again to Chicago. I will not be competing in solos this year, but the band will be testing its mettle in a field of seven Grade 3 bands in both the Medley event and the March, Strathspey, and Reel event. If you can make it up to Hamilton Lakes in Itasca, Illinois this weekend – GO!
If piping and drumming isn’t enough for you, the Chicago Highland Games also features sports (soccer and rugby), Celtic rock bands, Scottish highland dancing, Scottish athletics, Scottish clans, and (one of my favorites) dogs! All for the great price of $20 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $8 for children 4-12, and free for children 3 and under.
It is a matter of personal conviction for me to say that if you are interested in the growth of bands and bagpipes, and in the growth Scottish cultural arts community, that you must attend events which feature these things. We would not have great events like the Chicago Highland Games if not for the dedication of its volunteers, performers, and fans.
Grade 2 and Grade 3 band contests at Chicago, 2016
Take a look at the MidWest Pipe Band Association’s events calendar and get to as many of these events as you can. The more performers who participate, the more fans who attend, and the more volunteers who give their time, the better these events get. Chicago got where it is today because of attendance of bands and fans convincing sponsors that the games were worth the investment – which got more bands and more fans out. Every games in the Midwest could be nearly this big. So come out and enjoy some music!