The programme for the 2021 National Pipe Band Championships is shown below.  In each Grade, the Championship is decided over two music events; the Set and the Medley.  The Set comprises a 2/4 March, a Strathspey, and a Reel with music in this event generally being traditionally Scottish. The Medley is a selection of tunes of the band’s own choice, typically of many different time signatures including hornpipes, jigs and slow airs.

The Contest Programme

Friday 19 March – Mitre10 Sports Park

Grade 4B and 4A Sets start at 9am followed by the medleys for both grades. Note that two playing circles will be operating for these events

Friday 19 March – Napier CBD

Street March -the first band steps off at 3.15pm

Saturday 20 March – Mitre10 Sports Park

9am Juvenile competition
10.15am G3 music events
12noon G2 music events
1.30pm G1 music events
3.20pm Mace flourising and displays
5pm approx Massed bands and presentations

Map and venue details

The venue for the contest is the Mitre 10 Park, Hawkes Bay located adjacent to the Napier Hastings expressway.

This facility provides excellent facilities for officials, bands people and the public.

The location of the street march (Friday evening or Saturday morning) will be Napier CBD.