Our Mission

The Minnesota Youth Pipe Band seeks to foster a lifelong passion for music though the Great Highland bagpipes and Highland drums (snare, tenor, and bass).

Based in the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood of Saint Paul, we are dedicated to quality instruction in a youth oriented environment while providing opportunities for youth to develop musically and personally. MNYPB aims to compete at Highland Games in the United States, Canada, and Scotland. All youth aged 8 - 18 are welcome!

The Minnesota Youth Pipe Band is pending approval as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Our Program 

Beginning classes start with an introduction to the fundamentals of music and the basics of their selected instrument. Bagpiping students will start with a practice chanter before moving on to the bagpipes. Once core skills are developed, students begin to play together as a group in the Band. 

Materials and Fees

This is a one time materials fee of $100 when a student joins, which includes a practice chanter for piping students or sticks and a practice pad for drumming students. 

​Class fees are $60/month, with a family discount rate of $30/month for each additional child. Fees are also discounted to $30/month if a student is taking at least 2 private lessons a month. 


Do you have an interested youth who is under 8 years old? Contact us - interested youth who are under 8 will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Finding us in the Macalester Music Building

Our classes are held in Macalester College's Music Building. 

To find the Music Building:

It is building number 22 on the below map. 

Starting from the intersection of Grand and Snelling Avenues in St Paul.  

1. Head West on Grand for 1 block

2. Turn left onto Macalester St

3. Drive down about 2 blocks until you get to a smallish parking area-Turn right and drive through this area

4. Then turn left when you can go no further-you will see a large parking area will be on your right  

5. You can park anywhere in this lot

6. The main entrance to the building will be near the South East corner of the the lot - It is labeled "Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center"

To get into the Music Department:

After 6 pm during the semester, you need to sign in with a building monitor, who will tap their Macalester ID to unlock the door. The building monitors are Macalester students who sit at white desks by the door. 

If it is your first time coming, please let us know, and we will have one of our staff waiting in the lobby to show you to our classrooms on the second floor.