Keeping Tradition Alive


P&D Logo2020 Keeping Tradition Alive

Honor Guard, Pipes, and Drum Symposium

May 7-8, 2020

Hilton Garden Inn
785 SH 121 Bypass
Lewisville, TX  75067

Keeping Tradition Alive, started by the Lewisville Fire Department in 2007, is one of the premier training events for bagpipe and drum corps members across the country. The symposium includes classes for public safety honor guards conducted by the National Honor Guard Academy. This event is only for active or retired firefighters and police officers.

The two-day symposium will feature highly regarded instructors, headed by lead pipe instructor Alastair Dunn and lead drum instructor Ed Best.  Dunn was the Pipe-Sergeant of the World Champion Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band and has won every major pipe band competition under the direction of P/M Richard Parkes MBD, including ten World Championships.  Best is a professional educator with over 30 years of successful pipe band experience and has held numerous band and solo titles in all grades.  Cailey Jones has been added as a new tenor instructor for the 2020 KTA.  Jones has played tenor drum for 16 years with the Mesa Caledonian Pipe Band in Mesa, AZ, and is a highly decorated solo competitor in the Western United States Pipe Band Association.

Early Bird Registration (February 12 - April 12, 2020) - $85 per person
Regular Registration (April 13 - May 5, 2020) - $100 per person

Credit card payment is required at the time of registration.  There is an additional $1.50 charge per ticket for service fees.  Payment by check will not be accepted.

Register for KTA

A block of rooms have been reserved for KTA attendees at the Hilton Garden Inn.  Use the link below to book directly with the hotel.  Book early to reserve your room at the special room rates.

Hilton Garden Inn KTA Group Page

If airport transportation is requested, please submit flight information by April 30, 2020.  A form to submit flight information will be available shortly on this webpage.