General Information

The Bellingham Pipe Band is a self-supporting/non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, teaching and playing at a high standard, Scottish Highland bagpiping and drumming in the Bellingham and North Puget Sound region.

One of the oldest pipe bands in the Northwest, the band was originally formed in 1961 as the Clan Cameron Pipe Band, under the direction of Pipe Major Bill Paterson, who - with his family - also founded the Bellingham Highland Games that same year. The current name was adopted in the late 1960s to reflect a more local identity.

Since that time, the band has performed at literally thousands of regional events, including parades, concerts, highland games competitions, graduations, military and veteran's services, memorial ceremonies, schools, athletic and other events around the Puget Sound Area. Currently we practice, and play year round at a large variety of events, with an emphasis on continually improving our playing level for summer highland game competitions.

Recent band highlights include: Placing 2nd in Grade IV at the BC Annual Gathering in March 2005 & April 2003, Leading the Welcome Home Parade for the USS Lincoln in Everett - May 2003, playing for the Western Washington University graduations and other special events, and US Navy ceremonies at NAS Whidbey Island.

The full band, quartets, pairs, or individual pipers and drummers are also available for private performances. Please call or email for more information and availability.

Band Practice & Lessons

The band meets on most Sunday evenings during the year at the Bellingham Elk's Lodge, 710 Samish Way in Bellingham.

Practice for playing members generally runs from 7 to 9 pm.

Lessons for beginners and student members run from 6 to 7pm, and regular attendance and practice is expected. Persons interested in lessons are welcome to observe a practice and talk with instructors and students if they wish.


The Bellingham Pipe Band welcomes new members, experienced or beginning, ages 9 or 10 thru adult, and family participation is encouraged. We are willing to train persons seriously interested in joining the band in Scottish bagpiping or drumming, and previous music experience is helpful, but not required.

Over the years hundreds of pipers and drummers have passed through our ranks, with many beginning as students and receiving their training from playing members. Currently, our members come from Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, Island, and San Juan counties, and lower British Columbia.

Contact Information

Those interested in learning more about the band, its members or information on how to join should contact Pipe Major Peter Rolstad below.

Pipe Major Peter Rolstad
Phone: (360) 319-2815


Bellingham Pipe Band
PO Box 5809
Bellingham, WA 98227-5809