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We're thrilled to have the support of world-famous bagpipe makers R.G. Hardie & Co. as the top-level sponsor of the World Online Piping & Drumming Championships.

R.G. Hardie & Co. has a worldwide reputation for quality, innovation and crafting instruments played at the highest level of competition.  I'm grateful for R.G. Hardie's support.

Managing Director Alastair Dunn writes:

"We are delighted to be a headline sponsor of the World Online Piping & Drumming Championships. This is a fantastic, well organised competition which connects pipers and drummers from around the world. It provides an opportunity to test your ability and receive constructive feedback from world class judges from the comfort of your home."

R. G. Hardie & Co. is a premium-quality bagpipe maker based in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland. The company is led by Alastair Dunn, double Gold Medallist and former Pipe Sergeant of 12-time World Champions, Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band. Our highly-skilled team includes pipers who have played at every level of competition, including Grade 1, and they are dedicated to providing premium-quality products and first-class customer service for all Pipe Band requirements. Hardies is part of the St. Kilda (Holdings) Group, which includes Gaelic Themes who specialise in Highland Dress, and have two manufacturing facilities in Glasgow. This association places Hardies in a unique position to supply Pipe Bands with bagpipes, bespoke uniforms, kilts, jackets and waistcoats, doublets, custom cap badges and kilt pins. The company utilises the latest technology in 3D printing, CNC machines and laser engraving, as well as time-honoured traditional skills.

R. G. Hardie & Co. was originally founded in a Bishopbriggs garden shed in 1950 by Robert Gavin Hardie, and his associates John Weatherston and Joe Henderson. Hardie was a championship-winning piper and had learnt bagpipe making from the Glasgow firms of Robert Reid and later Piobmor. Over time their bagpipes and pipe chanters became world famous among the piping community.

In 2018 the company celebrated 150 years of Peter Henderson bagpipe making with the creation of the Heritage bagpipe sets. These sets pay tribute to the Henderson tradition, instruments of the highest quality to play and pass onto the next generation.

R. G. Hardie & Co. has a worldwide reputation for quality, innovation and crafting instruments played at the highest level of competition. The company supplies its heirloom products throughout the world to places such as North America, Australasia, Europe, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, India and Brazil.

Please visit R.G. Hardie & Co. at rghardiebagpipes.com


The World Online Piping & Drumming Championships for Spring 2021 is also sponsored by the BagpipeLessons.com Inner Circle Membership, which includes weekly LIVE online video group classes and access to the exclusive library of hundreds of videos, tunes, and lessons on nearly every piping topic.

Prize Giveaways

We'll be giving away some great, award-winning items for our early entrants and event winners from the BagpipeLessons.com Shop:

Complete prize list for Spring 2021 competition is in progress. Prizes will include:

Drum products donated by James Laughlin:

Previous prizes have also included:

Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not improve your chances of winning. Read the complete giveaway rules here.