Eagle Pipe Band
Support the Eagle Pipe Band on #MaryWashDay!

Established in 1997, the University of Mary Washington’s Eagle Pipe Band is a musical ensemble composed of college students, faculty, alumni, and community members. Our band includes bagpipers, drummers, and highland dancers. We perform at official university events, including Commencement and Eagle Gathering, in addition to various events in the Fredericksburg community and competing in the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association. We are one of a few dozen institutions of higher learning in the United States with an in-house bagpipe band and Scottish Highland dance troop, making the Eagle Pipe Band a unique Mary Washington tradition. Starting in the Fall of 2019, we began offering MUPR275B: Eagle Pipe Band for class credit.


The Eagle Pipe Band is primarily funded through donations. Contributions are used for two purposes: to fund our Celtic Arts Scholarship, which supports UMW students who participate in the band; and, to purchase equipment and uniforms for the band. We wear the official Mary Washington tartan, designed to reflect our school colors and we are the only ones who wear this tartan. We provide UMW students all their uniforms and instruments (bagpipes and drums) free of charge.


Donations allow us to provide scholarships to UMW students during the school year and to attend summer workshops and band camps. These donations also help us with basic maintenance and replacement of our instruments and uniforms. For example, this past year we needed to purchase a new kilt for a student; each kilt is custom made by a professional kilt-maker using our unique Mary Washington tartan. Each bagpipe has four reeds and these specialized reeds need to be replaced periodically. Drum heads wear out, including on our custom UMW bass drum. Donations allow us to look and sound sharp so that we can continue to represent the Eagle Nation proudly.

Mary Louise Holmes '97 Challenge for 1,908 gifts
When we reach 1,908 gifts, in honor of our founding year, Mary Louise Holmes '97 will make a gift of $5,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington. Make your gift today and help us reach 1,908 gifts to unlock an additional $5,000!
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Philo Funk Rosenfeld ’72, 3000 Gifts Challenge
When we reach our goal of 3,000 gifts on Mary Wash Giving Day, Philo Funk Rosenfeld ‘72 will make a gift of $5,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington . Make your gift today and help us reach 3,000 gifts to unlock an additional $5,000!
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Young Alumni Council New Donor Challenge
When 150 young alumni (classes of 2010-2019) make their first-ever gift to UMW, the members of the Young Alumni Council will make a $1,500 gift to the Fund for Mary Washington! Be one of the 150 to unlock this challenge!
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Class of 2020 Challenge
Vice President for Advancement and University Relations Lisa Jamison Bowling '89 is issuing a challenge to the senior class. When 100 gifts are received from members of the Class of 2020 on Mary Wash Giving Day, Lisa will give $1,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington.
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Class Year Leaderboard
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Participation Leaderboard
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Farrell First-Time Donor Challenge
Lynne ’62 and Paul Farrell are issuing a special challenge to inspire new donors to support Mary Washington. If we receive gifts from 1,000 first-time donors on Giving Day, we will unlock the Farrells’ $10,000 gift to the Fund for Mary Washington! This is the most ambitious Giving Day goal we have ever set, and we’re counting on our new donors—alumni, parents, students, family members, faculty, staff, and friends of the University—to unlock this challenge gift! Gifts of all amounts count toward the challenge—just be sure to select "Yes" when asked if this is your first-ever gift to the University when you make your gift!
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Margaret Birch '79 New Donor Challenge
When 250 alumni make their first-ever gift to UMW, a gift of $2,500 to the Fund for Mary Washington will be unlocked from alumna Margaret Birch '79. Alumni, make your first-ever gift and help unlock an additional $2,500 for our students!
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Lee ’04 and Karli Murray ’05 Married Alumni Challenge:
When 50 gifts are received from alumni who are married to other alumni, Lee and Karli will give $1,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington! Married alumni, make your gift to any area to help unlock an extra $1,000 to benefit students!
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Dr. Theresa and Dr. Bill Crawley 70’s Challenge
Dr. Theresa Young Crawley ‘77 and Dr. William B. Crawley, Jr. are challenging alumni from the 1970s! If 100 alumni from the 1970s make a gift on Mary Wash Giving Day, it will unlock a $25,000 gift from the Crawleys to support scholarships at Mary Washington.  Make your gift today and help increase the impact of your gift!
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Dollars Raised Leaderboard
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Eagle Pipe Band Donors
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