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Balmoral Classic

Sponsored by the Balmoral School of Piping & Drumming, the first Balmoral Classic was held in Pittsburgh in 2007.


Balmoral School of Piping & Drumming 

Mission Statement

“To raise the standard and promote the appreciation of bagpipe music in the USA by providing world-class instruction, cultivating excellence in youth, presenting innovative musical events, and fostering tradition."

Balmoral School of Piping & Drumming, established in 1979 by co-founders George Balderose (photo) and James McIntosh, MBE, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization. The school celebrates and teaches traditional bagpipe music dating to the 15th century, as well as more recent compositions in the traditional style, including the competition repertoire. Balmoral® is a registered service mark of Balmoral School of Piping & Drumming.

Balmoral School Objectives

  • Establish Pittsburgh as a national center for American bagpiping.
  • Establish the Balmoral School as the national leader in the training of young American pipers.
  • Promote a long-term commitment of young people to culture and heritage and associate our supporters with long-term and healthy youth and family values.
  • Widen the public’s appreciation of bagpipe music through innovative and collaborative concerts that showcase quality traditional and original bagpipe music.


Balmoral Collection of Hymns
arranged for the Highland Bagpipe

114 pages, First Edition 2012 • More than 100 popular favorites including "Amazing Grace" with harmony, "The Old Rugged Cross," and Christmas carols • Organ and bagpipe scores plus CD of two medleys of hymns and the piobaireachd "The Lament for the Children" • Collected and arranged by George Balderose, Executive Director, The Balmoral School of Highland Piping • Published by Balmoral Productions, a division of he Balmoral School of Highland Piping, Inc.  • $45 + S&H  

Confluence CD Music with the Highland Bagpipe and Organ 

featuring "Chariots of Fire", "Amazing Grace", and Gaelic Hymn medleys, Scottish and Irish medleys, and the piobaireachd 'Lament for the Children' • George Balderose, Highland Bagpipe • Ed Norman, Organ • $15 + S&H