Our History

The Montana Highlanders Bagpipe Band
photo courtesy of Stillwater Photography

On a Spring evening in April, 1998, the Montana Highlanders Association was born. It had been over 20 years since a bagpipe band existed in the Flathead Valley of Montana. Here was a chance to preserve Celtic traditions, both Irish and Scottish, particularly in an area filled with both Scots and Irish. Hence, the Montana Highlanders.

That's how this group got started. Today, with a few personnel changes and retirements, the Montana Highlanders consist of six pipers and five drummers. Not the largest band you'll see, but unique, with varying degrees of playing ability.

Our group of pipers goes to the Games in the Northwest and has never failed to bring home medals for their playing. The band is preparing to compete as a group in the not-too-distant future. Many of the band members also attend piping camps and our favorites are the Coeur d'Alene Piping School and the Piping Hot Summer Drummer put on by Simon Frasier University. Chris Roskam, our newest piper will be competing in as many as 8 different games this year, along with Scott, his drummer-father. Our former pipe major, Josh Spencer, is competing with his college band in North Carolina and also entering solo competition.

We meet every Monday night from 6:00 to 8:30 at the Faith Free Lutheran Church on the corner of Northern Lights Blvd and Liberty Street in Kalispell. We welcome any visiting band members or interested musicians to come watch or to participate in our weekly practices.

Please enjoy our march toward more of the Celtic heritage we want to learn about and practice. We hope you'll stop by again!


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