The LA Scots Pipe Band is a premier Grade 2 pipe band in the United States winning numerous championships and competitions.


About us

Since the 1990 relaunch of the LA Scots, the band has been home to over 150 band members - some who travel thousands of miles to be a member of this successful organization! The current Grade 1 group is made up of 22 Pipers, 10 Snare Drummers, 6 in the Bass & Tenor Section, and a Drum Major.  The band is also home to a Grade 4 competition group currently numbering 14 Pipers, 6 Snare Drummers, and 4 Midsection Drummers. Many of our players are active instructors, judges, and respected leaders within the international pipe band community.

As Grandstand Chairman and announcer at the Pleasanton Scottish Games for many years, I can not say enough about the Los Angeles Scots Pipe Band. They are always professional, timely and flexible and, of course, provide us true Grade 1 piping and drumming skills. When we do not have a Scottish Military Band appearing, it is the LA Scots that we trust to play with the US Marine Band.
— Alan J Purves, Past Chief, Caledonian Club of San Francisco


  • Originally Formed in 1961.
  • Founding Members- P/M Jimmy Thompson, P/S Ian MacDonald and D/S Charlie Capperauld.

  • The original band was Grade A (now referred as "Grade 1") during its initial run until 1974.

  • The current LA Scots Pipe Band was revived in 1991 by combining two local bands. The Beach Cities Pipe Band and the Scottish Heritage Pipe Band. The leaders of this revived band were P/M Scott Ruscoe and D/S Tom Foley.

  • Scott MacDonald became P/M in 1992 (1992-2005), son of founding member P/M Ian MacDonald.
  • The band won the World Pipe Band Championships in Grade 2 in 1997, Glasgow Scotland. This was a first for a U.S. Band.

  • The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) upgraded the LA Scots Pipe Band to Grade 1 in 1998.

  • LA Scots have placed as high as 11th on three occasions in Grade 1 since 1998.

  • The Grade 1 band has traveled to Scotland over 20 times to compete in the World Pipe Band Championships since 1993.
  • The Band is now under the direction of P/M Colin Armstrong (2005-Current).  
  • The LA Scots Pipe Band organization is now home to  3 competitive bands - Grade 1, 3 and 4 comprised of over 60 Pipers and Drummers.
  • Band was Re-Graded in 2018 as a Grade 2 Band



Former Lead Drummers of LA Scots 1961-Present
Charlie Capperauld
Tom Andrews
Tom Foley
Joe Foley
Duncan Millar
Carl Lenny
Andrew Hoinacki
Andy Brubaker
Richard Baughman
Glenn Kvidahl
Bryce Parker

Current- Carl Lenny


Pipe Majors of LA Scots 1961-Present
James Thompson
Ian MacDonald
Scott Ruscoe
Scott MacDonald
Colin Armstrong