What is a Pipefest?
A festival of massed pipe bands.In 2005 it was held in Edinburgh,
Scotland; in 2006 it was in Shanghai, China and in 2007 it was inHalifax,
What instruments will be played.
The bagpipes, the snare drum (or side drum) the tenor drum and the
bass drum, all led by Drum Majors walking at the head of each block
of bands. The drum majors carry a mace that is over one metre long
with an extremely heavy boss or head..
The Pipefest takes place in any country around the world. We decided
to be the host country for 2008. Japan has much to offer for visitors
from around the world and it is not one of the usual tourists spots.
We hope to offer something a little different.
What standard of musicians are you welcoming to Pipefest 2008?
We welcome pipers and drummers of all standards. The invitation
is for pipe bands from all over the world. If you are reading this,
you are invited.
Where will events be held?
Events will be organised all around the Kansai region of Japan.
This includes Osaka, the historical cities of Kyoto and Nara and
the international city of Kobe. If any company Japanese or international
wants to hold an eye-catching event during this time, they should
simply contact us. Some foreign bands may bring corporate sponsorship
from their own country.
What will it cost?
All pipers and drummers pay their own way to come to Japan. We will
try to offset the costs by finding free or cheap accommodation transportation
and food. If you know of a potential corporate sponsor, please point
them in our direction. All profits go to charity!
Who would pay to come to such an event?
Pipers and drummers pay to come to World Pipefest for two simple
reasons. For the thrill of marching in a huge band (it is really
exciting being part of such a huge event) and to see a part of the
world they would never otherwise see. They are guaranteed an exciting
time doing something they love while meeting other like minded people
from other countries.
Are you looking for places or events that will be part of Pipefest
Oh yes!. Any group, organisation, company, charity, school, anyone
at all, who would like a spectacular event, or advertisement, should
contact us. Our rates are reasonable, negotiable and possibly even
Who should I contact about Pipefest?
The Ramsay Pipeband +81 (0)6 6885 0332 or through the Pipefest Website.
What is your charity?
We decided that as most pipers and drummers will some day want to
go to Scotland that it should be a Scottish charity and given our
notorious bad weather and cold stormy seas we chose The Royal National
Lifeboat Institute for Scotland.