Pipes, Drums & Dancers

The Pipes and Drums number (as of 2010/2011 season) 14 pipers and 12 drummers and 4 dancers.

The pipe section accepts experienced pipers only. The section accepts pipers from all bands who wish to play with a grade III level section. There is a training program beginning in the Fall of 2003 for pipers who wish to play with the current section in the followings season. The pipe section has recently reconstituted itself and has chosen a rigorous training schedule. The focus has been on 'the basics', on creating high-quality performances and on the competitions in Calgary and Canmore, Alberta. An MSR and 2 Medleys are part of the performance and competition repertoire.

The Drummers play 7 Sides and one each Alto, Tenor, Baritone, Deep Baritone and Bass. Apart from some new mid-section drummers, the corps has been together for over three years. The Drums compete in the fanfare competitions at Highland Games and provide drummers' salutes and fanfares for public performances. They even play on their own as a drum line and often play with non-traditional instruments.

The Dancers of the Calgary Highlanders aim to promote and share the tradition of Highland Dancing within the community. All four dancers with the Calgary Highlanders are professionally trained with more than 20 years experience each as competitive dancers. In addition, each dancer has taken years of exams with the Scottish Dance Teachers' Alliance (S.D.T.A. Performances include traditional highland dances, national dances, jigs and hornpipes. The dancers also choreograph and perform dances to traditional tunes, non-traditional tunes and percussion. The Dancers of the Calgary Highlanders love to perform and entertain, and all shows are done purely for the enjoyment of dancing. These choreographies are performed at appropriate functions.