Where: Pfarrhalle St Florian, Wiedner Hauptstraße 97, Wien, 1050
The Vienna Pipes and Drums bagpipe band is hosting its eleventh Burns Supper on Friday 16 February 2024. We offer a packed programme with traditional Scottish food, music, poetry, and dance, all in homage to Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns.
The €40 ticket price includes a dinner of real Scottish haggis and tatties (vegetarian haggis is available). Our haggis is made by an award-winning butcher in the Scottish highlands. As always, we will have a well stocked bar serving a wide range of Scottish single malt whiskies. We’ll also have plenty of live music for you and a live Scottish ceilidh band (https://www.facebook.com/alastair.cz/) to dance along to later on in the evening.
The doors and bar will be open from 18:30, with the official start of the festivities at 19:00.
Tickets will go on sale on our ticket website on Saturday 6th January at 12:00 (midday). Expect them to sell out fast!
Where: Pfarrhalle St Florian, Wiedner Hauptstraße 97, Wien, 1050
Vienna Pipes and Drums will be holding their annual Whisky Tasting fundraiser on Saturday 2nd December 2023.
Join the band for an evening of music, craic and fine single malt Scotch whisky! We will have a range of whiskies from all around Scotland for you to sample, as well as a cash bar selling beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks.
Tickets are €40 and allow you to sample as many whiskies as you wish (drinks and snacks from the bar are not included). All proceeds go to supporting the band with tuition, instruments, and competition travel.
The Vienna Pipes and Drums band have had a busy summer, and despite the soaring temperatures we have been donning our kilts and playing traditional Scottish bagpipe music at a wide range of events.
On Saturday 9th September we were were proud to be the first-ever Austrian pipe band to compete at the annual Belgian Pipe Band Championships, part of the Scottish Weekend in Alden Biesen. The “Schots Weekend” has been running since 1986, and has on occasion hosted the European Bagpipe Championships. The band competed in Grade 4 (March), Grade 3 (MSR), and Open Grade (Medley), playing in fierce sunshine and temperatures of nearly 30 degrees! The standard of the northern European bands is high, and we were lucky to play against some very talented pipe bands. While we did not bring home any prizes this year, we were satisfied with our performance and we received positive feedback from the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association judges.
Earlier in the year were proud to play at Coronation celebrations for King Charles III at the UK Embassies in Vienna and Bratislava, the annual IAEA ball in the Vienna Hofburg, the Vienna St. Patrick’s Day parade, our own Burns Night fundraiser, and at a number of birthdays, weddings, and other private events. Together with friends from the Salzburg Rampant Lion Pipe Band we held a fantastic teaching workshop with world-class piper and composer Ross Ainslie.
On 13 August Vienna Pipes were back at the World Pipe Championships in Glasgow for the first time since 2019. We competed in Grade 4B against 27 bands from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Eire, Australia, Canada and Israel. This was the band’s 4th trip to the “Worlds”.
Unfortunately we didn’t qualify for the final this year, but the band played well and we received good feedback on our performance. We were proud to represent Vienna and to be the only band from continental Europe at the World championships.
It has been hard work building the band back up after the Coronavirus lockdowns, and it was a fantastic experience to be back on Glasgow Green meeting old friends and listening to the best pipe bands in the world. We plan to compete again in 2023. Experienced pipers and drummers interesting in joining the compeition band are always welcome!
The Vienna Pipes and Drums Pipe Band are back from a very enjoyable competition weekend at the Highland Gathering Peine 2022 near Hannover. This was our first competition performance since before the pandemic, and a chance to get back in shape for our return to the Glasgow World Pipe Band Championships this August. The band performed in the Grade 4 March, Grade 4 MSR, and Grade 3 Medley compeitions.
Our solo competitors also did well, with drummers Andy, Peter and Patrick taking places 1, 2 and 3 in the intermediate drumming, and piper Stefan taking 3rd place in the Grade 2 MSR, and 2nd place in the Grade 2 Hornpipe/Jig.
Here’s a recording of our Grade 4 March performance, where we placed 4th out of 12 bands. Congratulations to the prize winners Lakeside Alliance Pipe Band, Crest of Gordon and Beatrix Pipe Band.
We are are very pleased to announced that Vienna Pipes and Drums are back in action! We stayed busy during the lockdown(s) with weekly Zoom practises, and were very happy to resume regular band practices at the end of May.
Practices are run according to the 3-G–Regel (“geimpft, getestet, genesen”) and we are unfortunately not yet able to allow any visitors at our practices – we hope this can change soon.
The band has also resumed performances and we have played several private gigs in the last months. If you would like to hire the band for an event, you can find more information here.
Learn the Bagpipes or Scottish Drums!
Interested in learning to play the Great Highland Bagpipe or Scottish drumming? We have also resumed our free teaching programme. Our learner group meets on Wednesdays from 17:00-18:00 at the Pfarrsaal der Pfarre St. Florian, Wiedner Hauptstraße 97, 1050, Vienna. You don’t need to buy or bring anything at the start. We will provide practice chanters, drums sticks, drum pads, and learning materials. You also don’t need bagpipes or a drum — that comes later, after you have learned some tunes.
Teaching is free for young learners! If you decide you like it, you pay a yearly fee of €80 for membership of the band. Adult beginners are also welcome, though depending on your musical experience and progress you may also need to take private lessons. Several band members are experienced tutors and can offer paid tuition on the bagpipes and Scottish drumming.
More experienced pipers and drummers are always very welcome to join the band. The band is preparing for a return to competitions, with a return trip to the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow planned in August 2022. Join now to be a part of it!
Vienna Pipes and Drums are safely back home after our 2019 competition trip to Scotland. The band had a great time and put on two strong competition performances.
We started well with a 4th place trophy at North Berwick Highland Games on the 10th August. The main event was the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow on the 17th August, where we competed in a tightly contested Grade 4B Qualifier 2. We were up against 19 other bands from Scotland, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, USA, Switzerland, and Malaysia, including some very experienced competition bands. We came 8th overall, unfortunately not quite good enough to reach the final with the 6 top bands.
We were disappointed not to qualify for the final but the band is very proud of their Worlds performance. Feedback from the audience was positive and we were happy to be scored with two 6th places by the piping judges. We know where we need to improve for our next attempt.
This was our 5th season competing in Scotland and our 3rd trip to the World Pipe Championships. We plan to compete in Switzerland or Germany in 2020 and then return to Scotland in 2021 for another run at the Worlds. Practise starts now! Experienced pipers and drummers who are interested in competing with us should contact the band through our website or the band Facebook page.
The band has been quiet lately as we have been preparing for our August competition trip to Scotland. Twelve pipers and seven drummers will be flying to sunny Edinburgh next week to try our luck competing against pipe bands from all across the world. This year the Vienna band will be joined by 3 very experienced musicians, our good friends Irmi Foglar and Maggie Jeschofnig from Austria and Mai Ki from Germany.
This will be our 5th season competing in Scotland and our 3rd trip to the Worlds. In our last competition season in 2017 we had our best results yet: 6th place at North Berwick, 4th place at Bridge of Allan, and qualification for the Grade 4B finals at the Worlds, where we were up against 60 other bands. We came 2nd out of of 19 bands in our qualifying heat, and then managed a respectable 11th place out of 18 finalists. This year we hope to improve on this result.
It takes a lot of hard work and harder cash to get the whole band to Scotland, and we would like to thank our many loyal supporters who come along to our Burns Nights, Whisky Tastings and other events and help us raise the funds that make it possible.
We’ll try and do Vienna proud, in the competition circle and the beer tent!