Turlach Ur Pipe Band

Not every community arts organization in the Midwest can boast of supporting a Scottish bagpipe band, but this is Grinnell!

Founded in 2007 and affiliated with the Arts Council since 2010, the Turlach Ur now boasts a roster of 25 pipers and drummers.  More than half of the band members are junior players, ranging in age from 10 to 17. Together, the junior players comprise Turlach Ur's increasingly popular youth band, the Turlach Urchins.

Turlach Ur is both a competition and concert band. 2015 brought numerous first place finishes at Highland Games throughout the Midwest, including in the Grade 5 single event and aggregate Midwest championships. The band was promoted to Grade 4 at the end of 2015. 

Turlach Ur performs concerts regularly both in Grinnell and beyond. The band is recognized widely for its unusually fun and innovative shows. 

Turlach Ur holds weekly practices and monthly group lessons at which all levels come together for instruction in small groups (and lunch in a big group!). 

Contact Rob Clower, the band's Pipe Major, or visit their website to learn more about the group.