The 9th Dandridge

Scots-Irish Festival

Pipe Bands, Celtic Entertainers, Athletics Demos

Dance Demos, Food & Merchandise from the British Isles

September 26, 2015   Dandridge, Tennessee

Proudly presented by the Dandridge Community Trust / A Main Street Program

Battle of the Pipe Bands!

Congratulations to The City of Chattanooga Pipe Band for taking top honors in the first Battle Of The Pipe Bands.

Festival goers’ response to last year's Battle Of The Pipe Bands was overwhelming! The Dandridge Scots-Irish Festival announces a continuation of this fun and entertaining event for 2015. 

After a massed Pipe Band parade down Dandridge’s Main Street at noon, our three Pipe Bands will compete in the "Battle of the Pipe Bands”. Each Band will play individual shows at 1:30, 2:00, and 2:30 PM. There are two professional  judges, and "crowd response" is one of the judging categories. To make it really interesting, anyone who attends all three concerts will also have the opportunity to rank the bands.

Bragging rights are not the only thing on the line, as the winning Band will be awarded $500, the second place Band will earn $300, and the third place Band will win $100. 

The Knoxville Pipes and Drums is the official pipe band of the Dandridge Scots-Irish Festival. They start our Festival each year with a parade down Main Street at noon. They also play at scheduled times during the day, and start the evening Ceilidh. In addition to playing at numerous events and participating in contests throughout the year, the KPD also provides free piping and drumming lessons. 


New to the Festival this year is the 17th Lancers Pipes and Drums.  The 17th Lancers will join the Knoxville Pipes and Drums and the Loch Norman Pipe Band in the opening ceremonies parade down Main Street, and will play several times throughout the day. 

The 17th Lancers Pipe Band is a newly formed competition band based in Nashville TN. Founded in November of 2013, the band consists of pipers and drummers from across Tennessee and Kentucky.  The band currently competes at the grade five level and is under the direction of Pipe Major Jim Drury and Drum Sergeant John Drury.

Returning to the Festival this year is the Loch Norman Pipe Band. Don't miss their performances or the opening pipe band parade at noon!

In 1996 Pipe Major Ed Krintz and his wife, Timmy Hord, initiated a pipe band for the Charlotte Mecklenburg area to fill the void left by the disbanding of the Charlotte Caledonian Pipe Band in 1990. With permission from the Catawba Valley Scottish Society the new band was christened the Loch Norman Pipe Band. The Loch Norman Pipe Band serves as the host band for the Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games held in April at Rural Hill Farms.  The  LNPB is a highly competitive Grade IV band who is also involved in many public and private performances each year in the community and region.