The City of Chicago Pipe Band was established in the summer of 2003 and began immediately performing as such throughout the greater metropolitan area. The Band’s first competitive season was 2004 in Grade 3 and were promoted in 2007 to Grade 2. The Band continued to do well and were promoted in 2012 to Grade 1.

A training band was started in 2008 which began in Grade 5. This group went on to be promoted to Grade 4 in 2010, and promoted again to Grade 3 in 2013 under the name Chicago Scots Pipe Band. Though the flagship Grade 1 group became dormant in early 2013, the Chicago Scots Pipe Band continued and another training band was launched in Grade 4 under the Chicago Academy of Piping and Drumming name, both active in the 2016 competition season.

In the fall of 2016 we ignited a unified flame and once again present the City of Chicago Pipe Band. Preparations are well underway for the 2017 season with a Grade 3 competition group and full-scale performing group under the direction of Pipe Major Patrick Lynch and Leading Drummer Andrew Hoinacki.


Pipe Major Patrick Lynch
Leading Drummer Andrew Hoinacki
Scott Brebner
Joseph Coakley
Brendan Fergus
Preston Firestone
Michael Forkan
Steve Fornoff
Neil Hansen
Charlie Jenkins
Thomas Johnson
Tony Karcz
Phillip Keppel
Emily MacArthur
Brian McKee
Steve Moore
Marcos Pavlovic
Oliver Patrick
Hannah Sutoris
Ned Sutoris
Jake Worth
Joe Barnes-Tamari
Tim Jones
Jared Mays
Quenton Quiney
Neil Seivwright
Chris Stuart
Wylie Warren-Boulton
Grace Keppel, tenor
Mike Keppel, bass
Ana Noyola, tenor
Mary Pearce, tenor
Grace Sutoris, tenor

Warren Mays, drum major


In addition to the many alumni who have either retired from playing or who have moved on to perform with or lead other groups after their time in our organization, the City of Chicago Pipe Band would like to especially thank the following former leaders for their contributions to the development of the band throughout our history:

P/M Jason Freeman, Founder
P/M Michael Forkan, Chicago Scots
P/M Steve Moore, Chicago Academy
L/D James Bush, COC Grade 3
L/D Martin Boyle, COC Grade 3 & 2
L/D Chris Barr, COC Grade 2 & 1
L/D Neil Seivwright, Chicago Scots
L/D Will Cowart, Chicago Scots
L/D Bill Peterson, Chicago Scots
L/D Chris Stuart, Chicago Academy