Hire the Band
Band Shop




Celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2006, the Nicholson Pipes and Drums of Westminster, California are Orange County's own Scottish bagpipe band.  They have earned a reputation for excellence -- in both performance and demeanor -- at Scottish festivals and special events from California to the British Isles. 

 With the resurgence in popularity of Celtic music -- and bagpipes and drums in particular -- the Nicholson band is kept busy performing at gala celebrations, conventions, weddings, birthdays, memorial services and holiday festivities.  The band has earned numerous competition awards, including first-place trophies at the Costa Mesa, San Diego, Loch Prado and Pleasanton Highland Games, and competed in its first World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland in August 2006.

 The group has also recorded a hit CD, “Nicholson Pipes and Drums,” which is one of the top-selling bagpipe recordings in California.  The band’s most recent recording, “By Request,” features our good friend Eric Rigler, the piper from the Braveheart and Titanic movie soundtracks.  It also includes many of the tunes most requested by the Nicholsons’ live audiences.

 The Nicholson Pipes and Drums are the official pipe band of the Clan Nicholson (MacNicol), and have visited the clan’s homeland on Scotland’s Isle of Skye at the invitation of the Clan Chief.  Representing Clan Nicholson, the band performed and competed at the Stone Mountain Games near Atlanta, Georgia in 1998.

 The band was also honored to accompany Westminster city officials to Ft. Worth, Texas in 1996, where its enthusiastic support helped Westminster be selected an “All-America City” by the National Civic League.

 Band members have performed for former President Ronald Reagan at inauguration festivities in Orange County, and regularly participate in the nation’s largest Fourth of July parade in Huntington Beach.  The band has also performed at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, an LPGA tournament at the Riviera Country Club, and served as greeters upon the arrival in Los Angeles of the Royal Princess cruise ship, on her maiden voyage.  

The band performed at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1984, and represented the United States at the World Exposition in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1986.  They have also appeared on a nationally televised game show, a special MTV presentation with actor/comedian Mike Myers, performed for the Grand Re-Opening of the Queen Mary in Long Beach, and entertained for media mogul Rupert Murdoch, whose guests included Ronald Reagan and Disney chairman Michael Eisner.

 The Nicholson Pipes and Drums were founded by Kathleen Nicholson Graham in 1981.  The band was named after her father, Pipe Major Malcolm Nicholson, C.M., who directed many award-winning pipe bands in Vancouver, B.C.  Initially, the band was composed of Kathleen’s bagpipe students.

 This ever-popular, versatile bagpipe band custom-tailors each performance.  Lessons are also available.  The Nicholson Pipes and Drums are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and all donations to the band are tax-deductible.  To contact the band, call (562) 696-1298 or (714) 895-4127 or email: [email protected].  Pipe Major Hackney may be reached at [email protected]




All content (c) 2004 by the Nicholson Pipes and Drums.  Website last updated on January 16, 2004.  For information about or inquiries regarding this site, please contact the Webmaster.