The City of Dunedin showcased two bands at the annual event, the Glengarry Highland Games, held in Canada's capital, Ottawa and the town of Maxville. Led by Piping Director Iain Donaldson, the members ranged from the age of 12 to 60.
The Grade 4 band won the contest, becoming the North American Champions, competing against bands from across the USA and Canada. The Grade 2 band came in 4th in their grade. Many of the Dunedin pipers and drummers took home winning medals in individual solo competitions. competitions. Members of the City of Dunedin Pipe Band look forward to representing our City of Dunedin in Canada’s Capital, Ottawa and the town of Maxville.
Dunedin has over 200 pipers in the City's program in Dunedin Middle School, Dunedin High School, and the City of Dunedin Pipe Band. Director Donaldson has also taken the program into the elementary school level this year and is teaching over 100 children.
Dunedin's Highland Games Committee, a 501c3 organization, was recently renamed as the Dunedin Scottish Arts Foundation this summer. The Foundation sponsors two major events in the City every year - the Dunedin Celtic Music & Craft Beer Festival, and the Dunedin Highland Games. This coming year will be their 50th Anniversary. In 2015, this group, under the leadership of Alan McHale, himself an emigrant from Scotland, donated over $60,000 to the Scottish music programs in the City of Dunedin.