St. Andrew's Pipes & Drums of Tampa Bay
Files Available to the General Public
This is an unlisted page for use by the general public to access some of our files and information not stored
on the band's main page, StAndrewsBand.com .
It has many of the band's core tunes and other files placed here on an as-needed basis.
Our Main Tunes
These are tunes played often by SAP&D. You can download the PDF
for printing, and the first listed MP3 file is audio played slowly on a practice chanter, the second
includes a drum track as a metronome.
There are 2 popular apps used by the piping community for writing, printing, and listening to pipe music.
The industry standard is still an old PC app called Bagpipe Player ("BWW") or Bagpipe Music Writer, especially for
exchanging music. It is free now, but requires a tricky installation on newer Windows PCs.
The latest app which works on both PC and Apple platforms is called CelticPipes ("CEP"). This app can import
the BWW format, and is the SAP&D preferred app.
CelticPipes scoring and playback app has features more flexible than BWW in many ways - playback, overall pitch,
printing (especially size and weight of the notes and staff). You can also compose and play back drum scores with or
without the pipe tune, and print and play back multiple harmonies (seconds, thirds, etc.),
even the 4 parts of Steam Train.
The printed scores have a more professional appearance than the BWW scores, and the
controls and menus are easier. It is available for both Windows 10 and Mac. It's currently £ 59 ($80 US as of
Jan 2021). You can download and install it yourself, or ask your teenager.
CEP Screen Display
This is one of the early entries in bagpipe software for composing, playing, and printing scores. It was
"made available FREE in the spirit of exchanging musical ideas amongst bagpipers"
after a dispute between the two developers a few DECADES ago. Many of us consider the app as good as
more current apps such CelticPipes. It uses letter and number codes for the notes, such as B_4 for a quarter
note B. So there is typing involved, but you learn it quickly. You will get most of your tunes from online sources,
so there won't be much keyboarding, just tweaking things a little. You can still
purchase an up-to-date version, now called
Bagpipe Music Writer Gold, maintained by the other partner in the original team, Robert MacNeil.
BWW Screen Display
The original Bagpipe Player was created for Windows XP, and since there have been no updates to it since
the year 2000, it needs to be installed in
your Documents folder, not the main Program Files nor Program Files (x86),
and configured to run in the "XP compatibility mode" on a Windows 7, 8, or 10 machine. It works on
64 bit computers updated through at least April, 2021.
Download the ZIP file, unzip to to Documents\Program Files\BagpipePlayer on your PC
(the folders will be created). Then open and read the instructions,
Bagpipe Player Installation Win 7-8-10.docx
Click to download: Bagpipe Player
ZIP files can be opened in all recent versions of Windows. Choose the "Extract all" from the menu, and change
the destination to:
Documents\Program Files\Bagpipe Player
Then complete the
instructions carefully. It won't work correctly if you make any mistakes. If you run into trouble, your best
bet is to delete the entire Bagpipe Player folder and reinstall from the ZIP file. The most common error
I hear about is forgetting to install the fonts, required to display the notes.
Sample music files
Here are some Bagpipe Player music files to get you started.