Alaska Celtic Pipes & Drums were formed in 2005 by a group of Anchorage area veteran pipers and drummers who wanted to bring piping and drumming to areas beyond the metro Anchorage area, namely the Chugach and Mat-Su Valley areas.
Initially going by the name Chugach Irish Pipes & Drums, the founding members of the Band began meeting in May of 2005, and, realizing that most non-Alaskans would not be able to correctly pronounce “Chugach,” soon formally changed the Band’s name to Alaska Celtic Pipes & Drums. ACPD have since performed, amongst other events, at the Alaska Scottish Highland Games, the Pacific Northwest Highland Games, the Anchorage Folk Festival, the Willow Winter Carnival, the Chugiak 4th of July parade, the Bear Paw Festival parade, the Alaska State Fair parade, the Palmer Colony Days parade, Chugiak Senior Center events, Soldotna Emergency Services’ Ceremonies, the Anchorage Botanical Gardens Benefits, the Mat-Su Veterans’ Wall of Honor Memorial Day Ceremony, Anchorage Police Department’s graduation ceremony, the Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, American Diabetes Association events, various Anchorage Fire Department functions, area church services, school events, graduations, funerals, weddings, as well as other regional festivals, Highland Games, and Pipe Band competitions. We also host various community concerts, free of charge, throughout the year. We continue these services to benefit the great state in which we live.
The goal of Alaska Celtic Pipes and Drums is to promote the great tradition of piping and drumming through music instruction and performance, and to keep it FUN! We also provide educational lectures about Highland dress, instruments, and customs, in addition to our musical performances. Our purpose is the teaching of piping and drumming, free of charge, to anyone, regardless of sex, race, religion, national origin, or age, who is willing to travel to Chugiak/Eagle River for individual lessons, and for regular Band practice at the First Presbyterian Church of Eagle River, held in a wholesome family atmosphere.