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Trinity College Pipes & Drums of Hartford


For a small state, Connecticut is home to a surprising number of bagpipe bands. There are bands representing police, firefighters and corrections officers; bands formed as culture and arts organizations celebrating Celtic heritage; bands who focus on competitive discipline, from Grade V to Grade II. Shrine and Masonic organizations are represented as well as groups who have formed simply for the enjoyment of playing the pipes and drums and participating in community events and parades. 

Many of these organizations are based within only a few miles of the Capitol city of Hartford, but only The Trinity College Pipes & Drums calls Hartford home. Pipes and Drums have a long and honored history at Trinity College. Students formed the first TCP&D in 1957 to promote their college and their Celtic heritage in the community. The band is still a student oriented band with a dedicated core of seasoned players. One of the bands goals is recruiting young players, getting them on the road to proper piping & drumming skills and then, hopefully, sending them off to greater glory in the solo or pipe band competition world.

Under the musical direction of pipe-major Bruce Lazaroff and drum-sergeant Ed Fisher, the band plays an important role in the annual homecoming football game, where members are often invited to grace the tailgate gatherings of home and visitors alike. Among the band's duties are escorting in each new college president and ushering in the graduating class at the traditional commencement procession every spring.

Not limited to the austere rituals of acadaemia such as tailgaiting, the band also plays many parades and competitions throughout New England and the Northeast and is a member of  the Mid-Atlantic branch of The Eastern United States Pipe Band Association. Our professional instructors provide tuition in both piping and drumming to all interested and committed people.

The historic Macleod of Assynt is the band's official tartan. 

Each  year the  group produces a Ceilidh, a Celtic party with music and dancing or a  variety concert  featuring pipe bandand other perfomers such as Scottish & Irish dancers, folk singers and groups featuring harp, fiddle, small-pipes, etc. This year though, in an effort to raise some desperately needed funding for uniforms, musical equipment and operating costs, the band will instead host Scotland's own Battlefield Band in concert on April 2, 2005 at the Theater for the Performing Arts in Hartford. The Trinity Pipe Band will welcome attendees with a short performance before turning the show over to the Battlefield Band for what is guaranteed to be a great night of quality entertainment. 

As we are a not-for-profit 501c(3) organization, a portion of ticket prices and some concession items may be considered as charitable contributions for tax purposes.

Trinity College Pipes & Drums of Hartford

See the Battlefield Band Poster


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