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GHPD at Joy of Christ Celebration, first week in December, Oakland Armory.

The Garrett Highlands Pipes & Drums is a traditional Scottish military marching band, formed in 1979 by Fred A. Thayer, Charles P. Evans, and John Grant in 1979. Pipe Majors have included Thayer, Jerry McGee and presently, Paul Browning. It is currently affiliated with the Oakland Volunteer Fire Department.

What Inspires Us

Pipe Major Paul Browning

Band members share many of the same interests and pastimes related to Scottish Highland traditions and enjoy participating in many regional events in the tri-state area surrounding 

Garrett County, MD.  

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GHPD at Saturday morning Autumn Glory Concert, second weekend in October, Oakland, MD, 11:00 a.m.

GHPD is a teaching band, interested in new pipers, drummers, and auxiliary members (flags and banners).  It meets March - December on Monday nights, 7:00 (6:00 for lessons), at the Oakland Volunteer Fire Department, 31 S. 3rd Street, Oakland, MD.

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