Philadelphia & District Pipe Band

St Andrew's Society Dinner  Union League 2022

Lexie and Elisa enjoying their First Place performance!

Washington Memorial School of Pipes & Drums was the driving force in launching Philadelphia & District Pipe Band in 2020.  Along with The Cameron Highlanders of Lafayette Hill and The Philadelphia Emerald Society Pipe Band, the band was formed as a regional competition pipe band.  The band provides opportunity for accomplished pipers and drummers from across the Delaware Valley to unite and compete in Grade 4 Pipe Band competitions.

Under the direction of Pipe Major Dan Emery, Philadelphia & District’s goal is to advance the quality of piping and drumming in the region and to help grow the band to national prominence.

The Washington Memorial School is vigorously developing novice players to be able to perform in parades and shows and ultimately compete with Philadelphia & District, if they choose to do so.  All levels of players are welcome to join, including absolute beginners!

PDPB’s recently won First Place in Grade 4 Band competition at both the Southern MD Highland Games and The Oceanport NJ Irish Festival  Next up is getting ready for the Celtic Classic Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa. in September.

Rehearsals are Wednesday nights at St Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lafayette Hill. For information on participation and becoming a member of the regional competition band email

Tune Selections for 2023  


  • Farewell to Nig
  • Dr Flora McAuley, Carradale
  • The Mermaid's Song
  • Molly Connell
  • Lady McKenzie of Fairburn
  • Marion and Donald
  • Becky Ewen


  • The 79th Farewell to Gibralter
  • Back O’ the Change House
  • The Ale is Dear