The LA Scots Pipe Band is the premier Grade 1 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 3 & 4 competition group currently numbering 20 Pipers, 8 Snare Drummers, and 6 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.

  • Original Band was Grade A (Now referred as Grade 1) during it’s initial run through 1974.

  • The current L.A. Scots Pipe Band was revived in 1991 by combining two local bands. The Beach Cities PB and Scottish Heritage Pipe Band and the leaders of the new 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.
  • Band quickly became the Premier Pipe Band in the U.S. including winning 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 upgraded the LA Scots Pipe Band to Grade 1 in 1998.

  • Currently there are only 2 Grade 1 Bands in the United States.

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

  • Band has traveled to Scotland to compete over 20 times since 1993.

  • Band is now under the Direction of P/M Colin Armstrong (2005-Current).  Colin is P/M Scott MacDonald’s nephew making him a 3rd generation PM from the MacDonald Family.

  • Drum Corp is now under the Direction of D/S Bryce Parker who has been a corp. player in the band for since 2003.  He was also the D/S of his College band, St Andrews in North Carolina.

  • The L. A. Scots Pipe Band organization has grown to 3 bands, Grade 1, 3 and 4.  Over 60 Pipers and Drummers.

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

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