Mackay & District Pipe Band

The Mackay & District Pipe Band has been bringing the rich sound of the pipes & drums to the people of the Mackay region since 1926. In honour of the founder of its home city, John Mackay, the Band proudly wears the crest and ancient tartan of Clan Mackay.

The band pronounces its name in the correct Scottish fashion: Mackay rhymes with sky, and not with day – the Pipe Major says so, and everyone knows the Pipe Major is always right.

The members of the Band are volunteers who give their time freely.

Hiring a Piper or the Band

It’s probably not as expensive as you think. Click here to enquire.

Learners Welcome!

If you’re interested in learning the pipes or drums, come along to a practice or click here to see what’s involved.

Experienced Pipers and Drummers Welcome!

The Band is always keen to hear from experienced pipers and drummers who are interested in joining. Click here or come along to a practice night.

Weekly Practice Session


St Paul’s Uniting Church, Macalister Street, Mackay


Every Thursday, 7pm – 9pm from the third Thursday in January to the first Thursday in December.

Practice chanters from 7pm – 8pm.

Pipes & Drums from 8pm – 9pm.

Drums from 7.30pm – 9pm.

Learner pipers from 6.30pm (finishing times vary).


Practice is not held if Thursday is a public holiday (e.g. Mackay Show Holiday).

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