Macalester College Irish Pipe Band

A small band of Highland / Uilleann bagpipers, a bass and snare will perform ancient reels and airs, timeless ballads, triumphant marches and lively, lighthearted jigs. The talented and professional bagpipers will play at the Gathering of the Clans Banquet and carry on the great traditions of Irish and Scottish bagpipes.

About Pipe Major Mike Breidenbach

Mike Breidenbach is the Director of Piping at Macalester College and is the Pipe Major of their Grade 3 competition band. He has been a full time bagpipe teacher and performer since 1999. He began learning at Macalester College in 1992 under the tuition of Andrew Hoag. Later he studied with Donald Lindsay, Jim MacGillivray, and the late Lindsay Kirkwood. In 1997 and 1998 he was awarded Champion Supreme by the Midwest Pipe Band Association in Grade II as a soloist. He is now recognized as an accomplished Grade I piper.

Mike also plays with the City of Chicago Pipe Band which competes in Grade 1. He was the piper for the world premiere of the opera “Silent Night.” Mike has performed on stage with The Minnesota Orchestra, The Cheiftans, Blink-182, Brian Adams, The Rochester Symphony, and the Saint Paul Civic Symphony. He has been the opening act for The Black Watch and Rod Stewart among others.

Mike has been the director of Piping at Macalester College since 1999. In that time the pipe band has grown from about 10 pipers and drummers to over 60 people in the organization.

After the 2003 competition season, the band was promoted from grade 4 to grade 3. The band has also been awarded the title of Champion Supreme by the Midwest Pipe Band Association for the last three years. Recently, a grade 5 band was also added to the organization.

Many of Mike’s students have had incredible competition success, while many choose to take a more relaxed approach to the instrument. Mike gives lessons to Macalester students as well as private lessons.

Macalester College Pipe Band

Macalester College Pipe Band

Pipe Major Mike Breidenbach

Gathering of the Clans Banquet
Veigel’s Kaiserhoff aka Don’s Pub
Wilhelmina Room

Address: 221 North Minnesota
New Ulm, Minnesota 56073
Hours: March 17 – 5:30 to 8 pm

“May your heart be light and happy, may your smile be big and wide, and may your pockets always have a coin or two inside!”

The performance activities are funded by the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council with an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund. Additional funding was received from Ground Zero Services and the Gislason & Hunter Law Firm.