About Us

The North Shore Pipe Band is a Grade IV pipe band founded in early 2011 by members of the former Peabody Fire Pipes and Drums who wanted to continue to perform and develop musically.

Led by Pipe Major Cindy Carrancho, the band has continued to grow and performs at parades, concerts, ceremonies, charity and other special events in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. We’re a fun, multi-talented group with members of all ages, from middle schoolers to grandparents, who come from all around Boston’s North Shore and southern New Hampshire.

North Shore Pipe Band is a member of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA) and competes in EUSPBA-sanctioned competitions throughout the Northeast. The band had a huge season in 2015, finishing as the Grade V band first place points leader for the year. This led to an upgrade to Grade IV and the next stage of our musical adventure.

Other performance highlights include:

  • Playing Boston Symphony Hall with world-renowned Irish music ambassadors, the Chieftains.

  • Entertaining packed houses of passengers on Royal Caribbean cruise ships.

  • Our annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl performances around the North Shore.

  • Competing at the New Hampshire Highland Games at Loon Mountain each year.

  • Marching in the Savin Hill Little League Opening Day Parade in memory of Martin Richard.

  • Playing the advanced screening for the Pixar movie Brave.

Each year, the band also organizes “Peace Pipes,” a benefit concert to support HAWC, a Salem-based domestic violence prevention agency. If you love Irish and Scottish singing, dancing, piping, drumming and strumming, this night of Celtic music is for you! All proceeds from the event go to HAWC.

New members are always welcome! If you’re looking for a band or interested in learning piping or drumming for the first time, get in touch with us. We’d love to have you!.