Bagpipers are graded into six levels for solo competition ranging from Professional
down to Amateur Grade V
(beginner), with most bagpipers, including
the majority of those that do not compete, falling into the Amateur Grade IV
In the Eastern United States, a bagpiper's grade is set by the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA)
which strictly controls the grading process. Moving to a higher grade requires a
bagpiper to consistently dominate their current grade, sometimes over several seasons.
I actively compete at the Professional
level which is the highest
solo bagpipe competition grade.
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A student of mine competing at the Loch Norman Highland Games in North Carolina.