SMHG 2023 Host Band

Atholl Highlanders Pipes and Drums (USA)


Founded more than 30 years ago, members of the Atholl Highlanders Pipes and Drums, USA have brought the music of the Celtic nations to audiences in the United States and around the world.

In 1983, the chief of Clan Murray, George Iain Murray, 10th Duke of Atholl, granted the band permission to wear the Murray of Atholl tartan, to bear the name “Atholl Highlanders,” and to be his representative in North America. That honor continues today with the permission of His Grace Bruce Murray, 12th Duke of Atholl. They are one of only two bands in the world bearing the name Atholl Highlanders. They proudly display the shield of the Murray coat of arms on their sleeves..

Based in Stone Mountain, Georgia they perform for highland games, festivals, parades, kirkin' o' the tartan celebrations, steeplechases, corporate and other important events. The band loves to entertain their audiences! They consider it an honor to play for departing and returning military units. They were the first pipe band to appear at a Super Bowl game, performing the National Anthem with singer Faith Hill at Super Bowl XXXIV in Atlanta. The band has performed in Edinburgh, Scotland, at the Millennium Piping Festival in 2000 and the Pipe Fest 2005, and in the Tunes of Glory Parade on the Avenue of the Americas in NYC in 2002.

The band is under the musical direction of Pipe Major Lisa Wight, Drum Sergeant John Grove, and marching direction of Senior Drum Major Bill Frazer. In an effort to teach the public about Celtic culture and music, they offer free group bagpipe and drumming lessons for anyone interested in learning. Students at all levels are always welcome.


Contact Wayne Coleman, Business Manager, P.O. Box 1508, Stone Mountain, GA 30086,, (770) 498-9524.

You may visit the Atholl Highlanders Pipes and Drums USA web site at:

John Mohr MacKintosh Pipes & Drums

John Mohr Mackintosh Pipes & Drums

Stone Mountain Highland Games 2024 - Host Band

Founded in 1977, John Mohr Mackintosh Pipes and Drums has competed and performed throughout the Southeastern U.S. They are proud to be a member of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association, and of their close affiliations with Clan Mackintosh, the Stone Mountain Highland Games and the Creek Indian Nation. Wearing the brilliant red Mackintosh tartan, John Mohr proudly bears the name of eighteenth-century adventurer Captain John Mohr Mackintosh, whose exploits are recorded in the chronicles of early-American colonial history. The band crest reflects John Mohr’s Georgia heritage. The crest depicts a Creek feather war bonnet that sits on the head of a black panther (Clan Mackintosh). Both are adorned by the Cherokee Rose (the official flower of the State of Georgia.) John Mohr MacKintosh invites both experienced and beginning pipers and drummers to join them.


For more information or to hire the John Mohr Mackintosh Pipes and Drums, please contact them through their webpage:

Atlanta's First Pipe Band, The Atlanta Pipe Band


Stone Mountain Highland Games 2022 - Host Band

Having recently entered its 50th year, The Atlanta Pipe Band continues to further the great tradition of Scottish music and culture through performance and education.

The APB is the pioneering Scottish cultural organization in Atlanta that provided inspiration and leadership for other local Scottish organizations that followed.

The Atlanta Pipe Band prides itself on shaping young players into accomplished musicians and encouraging new players to join and learn the art of Scottish music. The band provides instruction for learners, aged 8 and above, in piping and drumming, including snare, tenor and bass.

The Band performs frequently for civic, commercial and private celebrations, adding its unique flair to a wide range of events across Georgia and the Southeast. In 2018, the APB performed on two occasions with the renowned Irish supergroup, The Chieftains, in Atlanta and Athens. The band has two IMDb credits, for soundtrack in the motion picture, Into the Wild, and for documentary in Celtic Women: Believe, recorded at Atlanta’s Fox Theater.

Under the leadership of Pipe Major John Recknagel and Drum Sergeant Patrick Osborne, the APB’s two competition units are a major force on the competitive circuit. The APB finished first in the Grade 3 season standings in the Eastern U.S. Pipe Band Association in 2016 and 2013, straddling two third-place finishes in the intervening years.

The APB’s competition band in Grade 4, under the leadership of Bob Sloan, has finished fourth, second and sixth overall out of 41 bands in the Eastern U.S. since 2016. The Grade 4 unit graduates skilled and experienced musicians each year to the Grade 3 unit.

While competing primarily in the Southeast, the bands’ competition schedule has taken them across the U.S., from the East Coast to the West, and even into Canada at Maxville, Ontario, and Montreal, Quebec.

Both competition units draw members able and desiring to compete and perform at a higher level, both from the metro Atlanta region and across the Southeast. Individual members of the band have competed at the highest levels in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., and many are prize-winning soloists. All, however, take special pride in the ensemble performance, producing a technically challenging and musically satisfying experience for the listener.


If you would like to contact the band, send an email to:
Mike Osborne:

You may visit the Atlanta Pipe Band web site at:

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