Founded by Presbyterians in 1872, Lyon College has, over the years, celebrated its Scottish heritage in many ways. From the choice of its athletic mascot, the Scots, the College has developed a distinctive and multifaceted program that is known and respected throughout the United States, Canada, and more recently the United Kingdom. In addition to an international prize-winning pipe band, Lyon’s Scottish heritage is promoted through a Scottish arts bagpipe minor, Celtic studies minor, college credit courses in Highland dance and drumming, an instructional outreach program. Our unique Lyon College tartan is now registered in Scotland.
From the humble beginning of three members, the Lyon College Pipe Band has grown to a highly competitive group. The band earned the distinction of placing second in its grade at the 2001 World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. The College offers Scottish Heritage scholarships to pipers, drummers and dancers, within a range of skill levels.