Pipe Bands

The haunting sound of the bagpipes, the skill of the star flourish, the rat-a-tat-tat of the drums – this is by all accounts a showpiece of Scottish Heritage in music.  The only musical instrument to be banned as a weapon of war, the bagpipes  are something else.

Why put the Hororata Highland Games on your band’s calendar?

  • A great early season competition opportunity
  • Opportunity to play before large and receptive spectator crowds
  • A social function for catching up after the event
  • Non-competitive bands are welcome on the day, please email games@hororata.org.nz to discuss options


All competitions are played in the Pipe Band arena. Bands can enter in more than one:

Full Band set competition–MSR and Medley –Grades 1–4 and Juvenile

  • Sets will comprise a 2/4 march, strathspey and reel played in that order, and introduced by two three, or one five, beat roll.
  • (a) For Grades 1 and 2 each tune must be of at least four parts.
  • (b) For Grades 3, 4A & 4B each tune must be a minimum of two parts in March, Strathspey and Reel.

Note: There will be no penalty for not reaching the minimum number of pipers for Medley’s.

The Band of the Day will be judged by an independent panel on the following criteria:

  1. Appearance
  2. Choice of music
  3. Performance
  4. Sound ensemble

This can be awarded to any grade band.

Start Time:

  • The Band competitions will follow the solos at approximately 10.45am, starting with the Juvenile (this may change depending on entries).

Draw for Order of Play:

  • The Draw for ALL GRADES will take place in the weeks prior to the competition
  • All Bands will be advised of draw and performance start time before event day

Further Information:

  • All bands are asked to take part in a Winners March after the March Past.
  • All Bands are expected to take part in the March Past (weather permitting).
  • Only those Bands that take part in the March Past will be eligible for the competition prize money.
  • Bands will be asked to play Highland Laddie for Salute to the Chieftain, where possible.
  • All band members will be issued wristbands as tickets, these must be worn to gain admittance. There will be a competitor entry gate open from 8.00am–11.00am which is closer to the competition area. Supporters accessing this gate must have a ticket as there will be no ticket sales at this entry point.

2020 Competition Format:

  • Juvenile
  • Full Band
  • Medley

2020 Entry Fees:

  • Grade 1 – 4 $150.00
  • Juvenile $50.00


Prizes Full Band Set Juvenile Band of the Day
1st $200 per grade Certificate   Hororata Highland Games Trophy


ENTRIES OPEN 1st September 2020

Entries close 18th October 2020

To enter complete the online entry form, one form per competitor. Please where possible make payment by internet banking (see account details on form). All competitors will be issued tickets and you will need these to enter the event. Your supporters will need to purchase their tickets either prior to the event or on the day.


This event runs wet or fine. We have wet weather contingencies.

Order of events will be emailed to competitors following the closing date and published on this website. Follow us on Facebook to keep up-to-date with all entry information.

All competitors will receive a ticket to the event. Remember to purchase your discounted supporters tickets!

Your supporters can purchase tickets online