About Us

Formed in 1984 and formerly known as the Albany Police Pipes and Drums, the City of Albany Pipe Band has a rich and storied history performing at hundreds of events throughout the Capital District. Originally founded by members of the Albany Police Department, today the band is made of civilians and competes in Grade V of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association and travels around the Capital Region playing to the delight of thousands.

Meet the Band

Fueled by Passion, thrived by CREATIVITY, that’s the easiest way to describe our band members.

Pipe Corps Drum Corps
Matt Wilson – Pipe Major Dick Rosbrook – Drum Major
Mike Foley – Pipe Sergeant Rob Gianino – Lead Tip
Glenn Braddock Susan Dautel
Bryan Braun Ryan Firmbach
Steve Dube Sarah Hsieh
John Franklin Silas St. James
Paul Hickey Matt Truex
Sean Patrick Higgins Instructors
Tim Reilly Dan Cole
Alice Thomas Christina Hanks
Ann Vandenburgh Mike Schoppe
We are always looking for new pipers and drummers. Contact us for more info.

Some fun facts

Competitions Played

Facebook Likes

Awards Won

Parades Marched


We play numerous parades, competitions and festivals throughout the Capital Region. Come out and hear us.

Event Date Time Location
Scotia Glenville Outdoor May 7 Noon Celtic Hall
Siena Commencement May 15 9:45am Times Union Center
Scotia Memorial Parade May 25 6:15pm Scotia
Cohoes Memorial Day Parade May 26 7pm Cohoes
Albany Memorial Day Parade May 30 9:30am Albany
Bethlehem Memorial Day Parade May 30 11am Bethlehem
Burnt Hills Ballston Lake Flag Day Parade June 9 7pm Burnt Hills
Troy Flag Day Parade June 12 1pm Troy
Lake George Firemans Parade June 18 Noon Lake George
Clifton Park July 4th Parade July 4 Noon Clifton Park
Great American Irish Festival July 30 TBD Herkimer
Capital District Scottish Games September 3 TBD Altamont
Goshen Pipe Band Challange September 10 2:30 Goshen
Waterford Bicentennial Parade October 1 5pm Waterford
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer October 16 Noon Washington Park


We are a 501(c)(3) and gladly accept donations in any amount. All funds are used to further the education and awareness of bagpipe and drumming.

Get in touch

Our award winning band is available for occasions of all types from full band jobs to individual pipers for weddings or funerals. Get in touch with us to find out more.