Pipes & Drums

Founded in 1981, the Manhattan College Pipes & Drums is the premier college pipe band in New York City. The group marches in dozens of parades each year and has been featured on national television.

About

The Manhattan College Pipes & Drums are quartered on campus in the Riverdale section of The Bronx, New York City. The band was formed in 1981 under the guidance of Brother Kenneth Fitzgerald, FSC, and the musical training of Captain Robert Hogan ’82 (MBA), of the Pipes & Drums of the New York City Police Department Emerald Society.

The band consists of a mix of current students, alumni and faculty. The young men and women of Manhattan are trained in the fundamentals of bagpiping, drumming and marching. The band is well-represented by first generation Irish-Americans and welcomes all members of the Manhattan College community regardless of background. Their musical repertoire is drawn from the traditional airs and marches of Ireland as well as from contemporary and traditional American selections.

The band makes regular appearances at a number of parades and social events in the New York metropolitan area and annually leads the administration, faculty, students, graduates and friends of Manhattan College up Fifth Avenue on St. Patrick’s Day. Additionally, the band has performed in the Bunker Hill Day parade held in Boston, the Naples, Fla. St. Patrick’s Day parade, has opened for the Mighty Mighty Bostones in Roseland Ballroom in New York City, played the “Holiday Express Benefit Concert Christmas Spectacular” at the Continental Airlines Arena, and performed consecutive years in Frank Patterson’s annual show held at Carnegie Hall. The band has received a number of awards for outstanding performances at these events. The band is especially proud of being one of the few American-based organizations to participate in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin, Ireland, and for winning First Place for College Bands and for College Pipe Bands in subsequent years of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. 

The Manhattan College Pipes & Drums fields a contingent of more than 50 pipers and drummers, and is led under the musical guidance of Pipe Major Michael Scire ’13. The Moderator is Thomas McCarthy ’06, ’10 (MA) and the Director is Michael Hogan ’91.

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Pipes and Drums Keeps the Rhythm of Tradition Alive

The Manhattan College Pipes & Drums is a fixture each year in the world's largest St. Patrick's Day Parade. The group has a rich history that spans decades. 

Membership

Able pipers and drummers are welcome to join the band at any time, subject to their passing an audition. New members without any previous experience are recruited every two years. Practices are held weekly throughout the academic year in the performing arts room (5th floor, Thomas Hall), from 7:30 to 10 p.m. For information on joining the band, email pipesanddrums@manhattan.edu

Hire the Band

To book the band for a performance or to inquire about hiring a piper or small contingent of the band for a private function, contact Tom McCarthy at 718-862-7977 or email thomas.mccarthy@manhattan.edu.

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