The Knoxville Pipes and Drums is a non-profit corporation based in the Knoxville, TN area. The mission of the band is to foster and promote Scottish bagpiping and drumming, and the related Celtic arts, within our community.

    To accomplish this mission, the band competes in Highland Games throughout the Southeast from March to October every year, and also plays a number of venues throughout eastern Tennessee and the surrounding region. We also provide free piping and drumming lessons.

    If you are interested in joining the band, please click here to learn more.

    The Knoxville Pipes and Drums evolved from three pipers who began meeting in June, 1991, under the direction of Tom Gordon, who went on to become the band's first Pipe Major. With a generous loan of $3,000.00 from an anonymous donor, the band purchased the kilts formerly worn by another pipe band. By 1993 the number of pipers had grown and a small drum corps had been formed, making the Knoxville Pipes and Drums a reality. From the beginning the band offered free lessons, and continues that tradition to this day.

    Since the Band's founding under Pipe Major Tom Gordon, other pipe majors have included the late Bob Pennington, Don Cain, and Andrew Payzant. The band is presently under the direction of Pipe major Kyle Tracy Wilson.

    Under a charter, officially presented in 1998 at the Glasgow (Kentucky) Scottish Games by Caberfeidh, the Rt. Hon. John Ruaridh Grant MacKenzie of Kintail, Earl of Cromartie, Chief of Clan MacKenzie, the members of the Knoxville Pipes and Drums wear the ancient MacKenzie tartan.

Last modified: May 04 2017 21:19:59.

The Knoxville Pipes
and Drums wear the
Ancient MacKenzie
Tartan under the
authority of
Caberfidh, Chief of
Clan MacKenzie.
For Tartan History
go to Clan
Mackenzie History
Clan MacKenzie.