The Alabama Highland Games, Inc., is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization
which promotes Scottish heritage, history, and culture through a variety
of educational programs, including an annual one-day games event of traditional
Scottish athletics, music, and dance performed in a friendly, family atmosphere
and open to all people of all backgrounds.
The Alabama Highland Games,
Inc. does not engage in any profit business or political activity. Its
activities are supported by individual volunteers, affiliated Scottish
organizations, the City of Montgomery, and corporate sponsors. Funds
event ticket sales, participant fees, grants, and donations
are used to offset expenses incurred in performing its annual games and
other programs which are in keeping with the educational and cultural mission
of the Alabama Highland Games, Inc.
gatherings, or Highland Games as they are now called, have been held
in Scotland since its earliest history. For nearly a thousand years,
clansmen, chiefs, and competitors came from all over Scotland and banded
together to compete against one another in what is often defined as
one of the most rigorous forms of competition in the world.
no sounds are more associated with Scotland than those of the pipes
and drums. It is only fitting, then, that pipers and drummers display
their skills in competition. But what makes a championship piper or
drummer? Read on to learn more about the solo piping, solo drumming,
and pipe band competitions.
men have tested their strength against each other at Highland gatherings
for centuries. King Malcolm Ceanmore, who began his reign in 1057,
is credited with initiating crude forms of today's Scottish Highland
Games. He reputedly used strength and endurance competition among his
warriors as a means of improving their fighting abilities.
dances are usually exhibition dances performed by one or two people.
They accent vitality, strength, fitness, and courage, all important
characteristics of the Highland way of life. These ritual dances were
originally meant to be done by men because of the great physical demands
made upon the dancer. These are the same dances which centuries ago
had the power to dispel the gloom of despair, poverty, and the oppression
of everyday existence.