The Shannon Rovers are a pipe band based in Chicago. The Rovers were first organized in 1926 by
Tommie Ryan and a group of Irishmen, most of whom emigrated from Ireland in the 1920s.
Since its founding, the Shannon Rovers have performed in thousands of local, national and international events. One of the Shannon Rovers’ traditions has been leading Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Beginning with the crowning of the St. Patrick’s Day Queen in February through the month of March, the Rovers play more than 125 events.
Today, the band is made up of seventy plus pipers, drummers and color guard. In November of 2015, the band played at the funeral and burial of the Irish actress Maureen O’Hara. Fifty members of the band traveled to Washington, D.C. for the burial at Arlington National Cemetery.
Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band perform on Friday at 7pm in the South Lot and Sunday, July 14 at 8pm in the South Lot