The Official Pipe and Drum Band of the Northeast Florida Highland Games
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Your favorite Bagpipe Band in Northeast Florida

About our group

The First Coast Highlanders is an all volunteer highland bagpipe band based in Clay County, Florida.  The band, formed in May, 2009 and formerly known as the Clay County Sheriff's Office Pipes and Drums, is Clay County's premiere pipe and drum band.  The Highlanders are under the musical direction of Pipe Major Robert Simpson.

We are a performance and entertainment band, a teaching organization, and a cultural group.  We are community based and promote Celtic culture through music. Our goal is to encourage and support the Celtic culture in our community by providing instruction to anyone interested in learning the great highland bagpipe or highland drum.

The band is the host band for the Northeast Florida Scottish Games and Festival and the St Augustine Celtic Festival.  We participate in many community events in Clay, St. Johns, Duval, and Alachua counties.

Lessons are provided free of charge to anyone who is willing to commit the time and self-discipline to learn. We meet for rehearsal at 6 PM every Thursday at the Orange Park Presbyterian Church located at 1905 Park Avenue, Orange Park, FL.

The band is a 501(c)(3), non-profit corporation and accepts donations which are tax deductible.  Funds are used to further the education and awareness of bagpiping and drumming.  Please visit our website at Friend us and like us on Facebook

Everyone is welcome, please, come join us.

Board of directors 2022

Executive Board Advisor: Gayward Hendry

President: Scott Young

Vice President: John Lynch

Secretary: James Roberts

Treasurer: Will Wheeler

Member at Large: Stephen Romeo

Quartermaster: Robert Arthurs

Business Manager: Art Tenney


Everyone is welcome!

When: Every Thursday

Beginner Lessons: 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Chanter and Drum Practice: 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Piper Circle: 7:00 -8:30 pm


Orange Park Presbyterian Church

1905 Park Avenue

Orange Park, FL  32073



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First Coast Highlanders,       9703 NW 219th Street,    Starke, FL 32091

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