Competition Rules


  1. All individual competitors must be members in good standing of Kelvern Celtic Society. All competitors are to pre-register, either by regular mail or Email, by the deadline given in the first letter of the year. Fees may be paid upon arrival at the meet. Players who fail to register before the deadline will play for adjudication only and will play after the registered players.
  2. The order of play will be first to enter, last to play with the exception of the bands. The Pipe Majors or their representatives will draw for playing position at the registration table at noon.
  3. Proper highland dress is encouraged during playing, accepting of awards and playing in the massed band. Dress pants and shirt or the equivalent is acceptable for the chanter class.
  4. Pipers, drummers and bands are to tune up in the area provided and are not to interfere with the contests.
  5. Drummers are responsible for arranging their own piper.
  6. It is the responsibility of each competitor to be ready to play when their turn comes. It is not the responsibility of the steward to find the competitor.
  7. A competitor who plays in a graded event is not eligible to compete in the adult solo class.
  8. The committee has the right to change the grading of a player if it is felt they are playing in the wrong class.
  9. Each contest will be a “stand alone” event.


  1. Players in the chanter class will normally have been on the practice chanter for less than twelve months. Chanter class players may play seated and may use music. Practice Chanter and Drum Pad may play a two part tune twice.
  2. Grade four and five may play two two-parted marches or one four-part march. All other grades require tunes of a minimum of four parts. If a tune of more than four parts is chosen, all parts must be played. For all contests the slow air will be a minimum of two parts.
  3. Final tuning for pipers must not exceed three minutes for light music and four minutes for piobaireachd. Adjudicators will award a penalty if the tuning time is exceeded. Stewards will note the tuning time and advise the judge after the competitor has played if the time is exceeded.


  1. The minimum number of players is 5 pipers, 2 snare drummers, one tenor drummer and one bass drummer. Bands may compete with less than this number of players; however the minimum number shall be taken into consideration by the judges. Players may be “borrowed” from other bands with no penalty only to make up the minimum player requirements. This does not apply to bands from the same organisation, which is subject to rule 14.
  2. There is no limit on the number of bands an organisation may enter. They must, however, be sufficiently different so as to constitute a separate and distinct band. See annex A for clarification of guidelines used in determining the separate bands.
  3.  a) Band medleys will be three to five minutes and need not start with two three pace rolls.
    b) The quick march selection will be between two minutes and forty five seconds and four minutes thirty seconds. Bands not complying with the tune requirements for the quick march medley will adjudicated but not placed.
    c) The mini-MSR will consist of 4 parts 2/4 march, 4 parts strathspey and 4 parts reel (one four parted tune or 2 two parted tunes may be played).
  1. Pipe bands may play in any formation.
  2. The BC Interior Indoor Highland Gathering will use two adjudicators, one for piping and one for drumming. Ranking points shall be awarded by the adjudicators with one ranking point awarded for first place, 2 for second, etc. The points will be totaled for all adjudicators and the band with the lowest total will win. The piping adjudicator and the drumming adjudicator will also judge the ensemble. In order to give these results the same weighting as the BCPA, the piping adjudicator’s ranking will be entered twice, and the ensemble adjudicator’s rankings will be averaged.
  3. In the event of a tied score, the winner will be decided on ensemble points, with the average mark used first. If a tie still results the piping judge’s placing will be used and if a tie still results, the drumming judge’s placing will be used. If a tie still results, it will stand.
  4. It is the responsibility of the band competing to be ready to play on time. The Marshall will attempt to give a 10 minute advisory however the band itself should remain aware of how the competition is progressing and conduct their preparation accordingly. The marshall will give the competing band 5 minutes notice of their “on stage” time. This will be given as the band ahead of them starts to play. The band will be expected to be ready to go on stage no later than 6 minutes after being given the 5 minute advisory. Failure to do so will result in the band being dropped one place in the rankings.


  1. All appeals are to be made in writing to the BC Interior Indoor Highland Gathering committee on the day of the meet. Their decision will be final.



One of the main purposes of the BC Interior Indoor Highland Gathering is to To encourage young people in the study of Highland piping and drumming by providing the opportunity to compete in an encouraging environment playing for high calibre judges.

Pipe Bands It is therefore established that a “Pipe Band” may enter more than one band at the BC Interior Indoor Highland Gathering contests. These bands must be sufficiently different in composition so as to be identifiable as separate bands. In considering whether a band is sufficiently different the following will be considered: Is the lead drummer the same? Are the snare drummers the same? Are different pipers being used? The following must also be considered:

Pipers Those not already playing in a competition band may be included in the formation of a new band for the area represented. If this band is short of pipers then the Pipe Instructor may be used as Pipe Major for the competition even though he/she is a member of the regular representative Band. The same person, however will not Pipe Major for both bands.

Drummers Those not already playing in a competition band may be included in the formation of a new band for the area represented. If this band is short of side drummers the Drum Instructor may be used as the Lead Stroke for the competition even though he/she is a member of the regular representative Band. The same person however, shall not play lead stroke for both bands. Should there be insufficient side, tenor or bass drummers then they can be supplemented from the ranks of the regular representative band -but- they should not play the same kind of drum which they play in the regular representative band (i.e. A side drummer must play a tenor or bass drum).

Bass Drummers Only the bass drummer may play as a bass drummer in both bands (BC Pipers regulations)

A Pipe Band Is comprised of:

5 Pipers

1 Side Drummers

1 Tenor Drummer

1 Bass Drummer


Insufficient Differences Should there be insufficient differences between the two bands as outlined in the application of the above, this second band will not be part of the competition and will play last. The band will be adjudicated, but not placed. The decision regarding sufficient differences rests with the BC Interior Indoor Highland Gathering committee.


BC Interior Indoor Highland Gathering Rules

Dated 25 July 2005, last updated Aug 20, 2015

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