The Philadelphia Emerald Society Pipe Band is a great place to come celebrate and represent the Irish side of the pipe band community. We have a place for pipers and drummers of all skill levels who want to be a part of what we do, whether it's just playing in parades and other functions, or taking the extra steps to commit to the hard (yet rewarding!) work of the competition band. The PESPB has successfully competed at the Grade 4 level and currently competes in Grade 5.
The band will teach new and prospective members the art of playing the Great Highland Bagpipe. However, at this time we are only able to accept new students who can read music or have some type of musical or drumming background. If you are interested in learning more, or would just like to join us for a practice to see what’s going on, please contact Band President Joe Tobin at 215-990-0457 or Pipe Major John Collins 484-557-5069. Band practice is held every Wednesday night at 7:30 PM.
We have a lot of fun together as a group! There are many long-term members of the band, as well as those who have "made the circuit" and found a home with us. Emerald has just the right balance!
The Commodore Barry Club is located at 6815 Emlen St. Philadelphia, PA, 19119, adjacent to Septa's Carpenter Lane Station on the Chestnut Hill West (R8) Line.
From PA I-76 (the Schuylkill Expressway):
Take I-76 Exit 32 for Lincoln Drive. Cross the bridge, staying in the center lane, this lane will become Lincoln Drive. Turn right onto Carpenter Lane (9th traffic light), there is an Episcopal Church on the corner of Lincoln Drive and Carpenter Lane. Follow Carpenter Lane until just past the overpass for the Septa Railroad line, make a right onto Emlen St. The Commodore Barry Club is at the corner of Emlen St. and Carpenter Lane.
From the Pennsylvania Turnpike:
Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike to the Ambler exit #339. Take Rt. 309 South to Paper Mill Road. Turn right onto Paper Mill Road, turn left on Stenton Ave, then immediately bear right onto Bethlehem Pike. Follow Bethlehem Pike, then make a left onto Germantown Ave. Turn right onto Carpenter Lane. Follow Carpenter Lane to Emlen St. The Commodore Barry Club is at the corner of Emlen Street and Carpenter Lane.