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We have pipers and drummers of various levels. Band members focus on the fundamentals of playing our instruments well and helping each other learn and grow. This is a super exciting time for us and we're just getting started!

The Williamsburg Pipes and Drums has been a part of the Williamsburg community since 1968. In the past it has been know as the St. Andrew’s of Williamsburg Pipe Band and the Strath James Pipe Band. In 2006 the band assumed the new name, Williamsburg Pipes & Drums.

We promote, teach, and perform Scottish music on the highland bagpipes and drums. Our environment is supportive and inclusive.


We play at public and private events around Williamsburg, Virginia. The band and individual pipers are for hire.


The official tartan is the Ancient Murray of Atholl tartan in honor of the departure of the last Royal Governor of the Colony of Virginia.


Our crest honors our Scots ancestors who immigrated to Virginia and led the way to independence.


Musical leadership is provided by Jim Ryan. Pipe instruction is given by Jim Ryan, Lynn Newcomer and Meghan Hutchins. Drumming tuition is by members of the drum line and other experts.


The band practices on Wednesday evenings at the Fife & Drum Building.  If you are interested in joining drop by and sit in on a practice.  Student lessons are at 6:15pm to 7pm. and band rehearsal is from 7pm to 8:30pm.  If you have any questions or would like to join the band, contact us! We look forward to hearing from you.


To inquire about performances or hiring the band please send us a message!

Band Leadership

  • Pipe Major: Jim Ryan

  • Drum Sergeant: Andy McGowan

  • President: Andy McGowan

  • Vice President: Lexey Donohue

  • Secretary: Meghan Hutchins

  • Treasurer: Bill Yates

  • Quartermaster: Bryce McGowan

  • Member at Large: Lynn Newcomer

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