The Palm Springs Pipe Band, and individual pipers are available for:
Ceremonial Functions —
Special Occasions —
About The Palm Springs Pipe Band While relatively new and small, it is the only pipe band in the Coachella Valley, co-founded in 2007 by Robert Heggie and Rod Cribbes
Pipe Major Rod Cribbes
A first generation American born in California, Pipe Major Roderick Cribbes began chanter lessons at age 10 with the Caledonian Pipe Band under the direction of PM Bill Lumsden, and later with Charles Lumsden. Throughout the years, instructed by Charles Knowles, PM Robert Hackney, PM Kathleen Nicholson Graham and Ian Whitelaw.
Mr. Cribbes Joined the "Nicholson Pipes & Drums" in 1993. During this time the band won many local competitions and had their debut in Glasgow Scotland at the 2005 World Pipe Band Championship. In 1998 was appointed Pipe Sergeant of the Nicholson Pipes & Drums by PM Robert Hackney.
In his piping career had the honor of performing for President Gerald Ford, Senator Mary Bono and the Palm Springs 911 Day of Rememberance. Has lived in Palm Desert, CA. since 1990 and has enjoyed playing the bagpipe for 41 years.
Staff Sgt. Robert Heggie
Born in Vancouver, Canada, the son of a proud Scot from Falkirk, Robert Heggie became a champion in both individual and pipe band competition at a very early age. He then became an individual piping instructor and locally renowned Pipe Major and Pipe Band instructor, (Delta Police Pipe Band, Niagara Falls Police Pipe band, Seaforth Highlanders, Army Navy Air Force Veterans, to name only a few bands he has played with).
Beginning at age 6, Robert has been piping since 1956. He was champion in Western Canada by 10, competed at 12 in the world’s championships in Scotland, received a piping scholarship at Simon Fraser University, (this band has gone on to become the World’s Champion grade one pipe band – numerous times), is accredited by the Queens Piper, Director British Army School of Piping, has been written about in a number of books, countless newspapers, played before Royalty, Prime Ministers, Governors, and more.