About Claddagh Pipe Band
The Claddagh Pipe Band is a grade IV band and an active affiliate of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association. The mission of the band is to promote appreciation for Irish Highland Bagpiping as well as represent the greater North Jersey area in the competitive piping community. Claddagh Pipe Band was founded on the ideals of comradeship and a passion for good music.
The band is currently under the direction of Pipe Major Joe Smolinski and Drum Sergeant Mike Monacelli. Over the next several seasons we hope to grow in numbers and expand our musical ability, while enjoying every step of the way. Claddagh is open to members and students of all ages. If you would like to join our Claddagh Cadet Corps to learn pipes and drums plesae see our "Lessons" page.
Our motto "EX ARCA" or "Out of the Box" was inspiried by our drive to always be ready to perform. If the peformance situation calls for it we will be prepared to have a respectable sound right out of the box with minimal warm-up.