Our Generous Supporters

The Heinz Endowments
The Heinz Endowments
One of the largest and most innovative independent foundations in the country, the Endowments supports efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work. The Balmoral Classic is made possible, in part, by a generous grant from The Heinz Endowments.

McCallum Bagpipes
McCallum Bagpipes

One of the best known and most advanced bagpipe manufacturers in the world today, McCallum produces the highest quality bagpipes, smallpipes, chanters and piping products. The McCallum Bagpipes brand of Great Highland Bagpipes are the instrument of choice for many of today's top soloists and pipe band competitors. McCallum Bagpipes is the maker of the top prize for the Balmoral Classic's US Junior Solo Bagpiping Championship.

Clan Donald Educational and Charitable Trust
Clan Donald Educational and Charitable Trust
The Trust was created for the improvement of the happy relationship existing between Scotland and the United States of America by such educational, literary, scientific, charitable and religious means as the Trustees may from time to time deem appropriate.

84 Lumber
84 Lumber

The nation’s leading privately held building materials and services supplier to professional contractors, with nearly 400 locations nationwide. Since its founding in 1956, 84 Lumber has actively supported local, regional and national charitable organizations ranging from volunteer fire departments and chapters of the Red Cross and United Way to the national efforts of Habitat for Humanity.

RG Hardie Bagpipes
RG Hardie Bagpipes made from African Blackwood are the choice of military pipe bands and proudly owned by pipers worldwide. They have their own unique look, available in a variety of affordable models making them ideal for beginners and those who take piping seriously. Bagpipes made to the highest standards by master craftsmen.

MacLellan Bagpipes
Custom makers of the most unique, distinctive and highest quality bagpipes and chanters. Instruments are handcrafted from the finest materials, using traditional skills learned in Scotland. Custom engraving on silver and nickel.

The Saturday Light Brigade
Award-winning public radio for kids and adults, live from the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. Every Saturday, 6 AM to noon, on WRCT 88.3 FM Pittsburgh, WIUP 90.1 FM Indiana, WSAJ 91.1 FM Grove City, WNJR 91.7 FM Washington, WCUC 91.7 FM Clarion, and slbradio.org. Archived broadcasts available online.

Pipers' Choice and Scotts Highland Services
A quality product that you can count on! Piper's Choice strives to offer a full range of bagpipe accessories that will suit your piping needs. Many of the Pipers’ Choice bagpipe accessories are either first’s in the market, or totally unique. Piper's Choice prides itself on their ingenuity and are constantly trying to be ahead of the times, including adding new products.

Gibson Pipes
North America's premier bagpipe maker specializing in Highland pipes, fireside pipes, ceilidh pipes, pipe chanters, practice chanters and piping accessories. Featured on the Travel Channel's "Made in America."

Tone Czar
Welcome to the place where bagpipes are an obsession! Tone Czar Bagpipes is owned and operated by Christopher Hamilton, whose goal is to deliver quality products, customer service, and professional instruction for pipers and pipe bands.

St. Andrew's Society of Pittsburgh
An organization founded and dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Scottish heritage and traditions through educational, philanthropic and social endeavors, primarily in the Greater Pittsburgh area.

Pittsburgh Firefighters Memorial Pipe Band
The purpose of the pipe band is to represent all of the past and present members of Pittsburgh Fire Fighters Local No. 1. The pipe band is open to fire fighters, family members and friends. Professional instruction is available for those interested in learning to play the pipe or drums. The band is available for parades, weddings, funerals, etc.

Pittsburgh Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums
The Pittsburgh Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums is a service band open to all sworn Law Enforcement Officers, active or retired. Formed in April 2001 after realizing there was a need for a fitting tribute for those in the law enforcement community who have paid the supreme sacrifice, the band has been honored to participate in many funeral services to honor public safety workers in and around the City of Pittsburgh.

Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society
Since 1976, Calliope has been a nonprofit educational and presenting organization that promotes and preserves traditional and contemporary folk music and its allied arts. Calliope programs are unique to western Pennsylvania, including its concert series, music school, and annual festival.

Cape Breton University Press
Established in 1974 as the College of Cape Breton Press, CBU Press serves as a link between the Cape Breton University and its broader communities, publishing literature of significance to Cape Breton Island and that which enhances knowledge about the Island, its history and cultural preservation.

Carnegie Mellon University Music Department
Bagpipers interested in enrolling in the Bachelor of Performing Arts Program in Bagpipe Music should contact Alasdair Gillies, Director of Bagpipe Music, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

The Celtic Collection
Allow yourself to be wooed by the ambiance of Scottish, Irish and Welsh traditions blending together to offer you old world charm. The Celtic Collection features Celtic jewelry, traditional merchandise, costumed dolls, cards, bagpiping supplies, CDs, artwork, and Highland-made confections. Open Monday through Saturday, 11 AM to 5 PM.

Clan Morrison Society of North America
Now offering scholarship grants for advanced study in the performing arts related to Scottish heritage. The number of grants and the amounts offered will be announced at or near the beginning of each calendar year. Applications for these grants must be received by the Society no later than March 31. Awards will be announced by the Society by June 1.

First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh
One of the oldest Protestant entities west of the Allegheny Mountains. In its 235-year history, its buildings have changed four times and its senior pastors 14 times, but its mission remains the same. Located in downtown Pittsburgh, with members from all areas of metropolitan Pittsburgh.

Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh
The Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh’s mission is to promote mutual understanding of the Catholic and Protestant traditions in Northern Ireland and economic development throughout all of Ireland. The Institute fulfills its mission by providing quality programs in job training, economic development, leadership development, educational alliances and reconciliation.

Ligonier Highland Games
One of the oldest (over 50 years) and largest Highland games in the US. The Ligonier Highland Games are held on the first weekend in September after Labor Day. Saturday's events take place in Idlewild Park located three miles west of Ligonier, Pennsylvania and 45 miles east of Pittsburgh.

Piper's Pub
A taste of the British Isles on Pittsburgh's Southside. Open seven days from 11 AM to 1 AM. Full service kitchen Monday through Saturday from 11 AM to 11 PM. Sunday brunch from 9 AM to 3 PM. Vast selection of single-malt whiskies, cask-conditioned ales, and draught and bottled beer. Sponsor of the the whisky tasting at the Balmoral Classic's October Gathering at the Duquesne Club.

Scott’s Highland Services
Scott's offers the newest and most up-to-date merchandise in the Scottish supply industry. They strive to offer quality products at competitive prices so that you can be assured of trouble free merchandise. Many of their products are unique to the market, making them that "something different" that people look for.

St. Kilda USA
Part of the largest worldwide Highland dress retail group, St. Kilda USA has an extensive stock range of jackets, kilts, hoisery, clan crest products and accessories. These quality hand-made Scottish products are sent direct from the group's main Glasgow manufacuring premises straight to the USA with no hassle and without waiting weeks or months.

The Voice's Mpingo Conservation Project
In a first-of-its-kind arrangement, The Voice collaborates with the Mpingo Conservation Project to connect Highland pipers with a way to help the tree that has given them so much for so long. Proceeds from the sale of each t-shirt will be donated to the Mpingo Conservation Project, which promotes sustainable and socially equitable exploitation of mpingo (African blackwood) timber.