Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Ulster Scottish Pipe Band organization was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1922, making it one of the oldest pipe bands in the United States. The organization is made up of two competing pipe bands: The Ulster Scottish Pipe Band (Grade 3), and the Thomas I Hall Memorial Pipe Band (Grade 5). Ulster Scottish Pipe Band is not affiliated with any political, ethnic or religious organization. It is a diverse group of individuals with one common goal of - good music!

The bands compete at an average of 10 Scottish Games each year, and also perform in various parades and other venues. It is a family-oriented band focused on competition. Both bands are dedicated to teaching and developing players of all ages.

The highly competitive Grade 3 band welcomes it’s long-distance members, with a proven ability and level capable of playing with the band with only once monthly practice attendance, as opposed to weekly practices.

The Thomas I Hall Memorial Pipe Band was formed in 2005, in remembrance of Tom Hall. Tom was Pipe Major of the Ulster Scottish Pipe Band for 42 years. TIHMPB is the Grade 5 competition band.