College Pipe Band

The award-winning Emmanuel College Highlanders at the University of Queensland pipe band is the merger of two of Queensland’s most recognised pipe bands — the University of Queensland Pipe Band at Emmanuel College and the Queensland Highlanders Pipe Band, founded in 1998 and 1996 respectively. The band’s patron is Michael Bryce AM AE.

The band performs regularly at a variety of events in south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales, proudly representing the College and the University in major annual events such as Anzac Day, the Woodford Folk Festival, and the Australian Celtic Festival.

As well as competing locally, the band has travelled interstate to compete at the Australian Pipe Band Championships and to Scotland for the World Pipe Band Championships.

Band membership is open to all members of the College, the University, and those from the wider Brisbane community. Pipers and drummers who want to be part of a developing Grade 2 competition and performance pipe band are always welcome and enquiries can be made to Emmanuel College on (07) 3871 9100 or directly to the band at

Emmanuel College has two scholarships on offer to students accepted into Emmanuel College and UQ who show sound academic ability and superior talent as a piper or drummer. Please visit Emmanuel College Scholarships and Bursaries for details.

To learn more about the band’s history and keep up-to-date with their performance schedule, visit the Emmanuel College Highlanders website.


Pipe Band Hire

The pipe band is available to perform as a complete band or as a small group or singularly for formal and informal occasions. Weddings can be enhanced with the skirl of the pipes or a guard of honour, while a piper or band playing at events such as parties or sporting events can add to the sense of occasion. On a more sombre note, a lone piper can add a touching note to funeral occasions.

For further information or bookings, please email