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 Dan O’Hare – Drum Major
Mike Foley – Band Manager Katherine Urban – Lead Tip
Mike Battenfeld Amelia Braddock
Erin Cole
Glenn Braddock Jenny Martin
Tom Callahan Rob Anna
Matt Truex
Paul Hickey Instructors
Sean Higgins Wes Cole
Mary Houghton Tara Davidson
Matt Martin Graham Thompson
Chris Shepherd
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

2022 Events

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

Event Date Time Location
Albany St. Patrick’s Parade March 12 2pm Albany
Scotia Glenville Outdoor May 7 1:40pm Cook Park
Siena Commencement May 15 9:45am MVP Arena
Scotia Memorial Parade May 25 6:15pm Scotia
Cohoes Memorial Parade May 26 7pm Cohoes
Maplewood Memorial Parade May 27 6:30pm Watervliet
Rensselaer Memorial Parade May 29 2pm Rensselaer
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
Clifton Park July 4th Parade July 4 Noon Clifton Park
Bovina Bicentennial Parade July 30 10am Bovina
Capital District Scottish Games September 3 TBD Altamont


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 all types of occasions from full band jobs to individual pipers for weddings or funerals. Get in touch with us for details.