Scottish Bagpipes

Performance & Instruction

I started playing the bagpipes at age 13 with encouragement from the Scottish side of my family (most especially my grandmother). I went on to play with a number of competitive pipe bands throughout the US and Scotland, including Washington Scottish Pipe Band (Seattle, WA), North Coast Pipe Band (Cleveland, OH) and Deeside Caledonia Pipe Band (Aberdeen, Scotland). As an undergraduate, I received a bagpiping scholarship to attend The College of Wooster and I played with the Wooster pipe band for several years before moving on to Carnegie Mellon University, where I did my graduate work and continued my training as a piper under the renowned Alasdair Gillies. While in Pittsburgh, I also founded the Celtic folk ensemble Callán (we're still active and, about once or twice every year, may still be seen performing at Pittsburgh-area music and arts festivals).

I am now based in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where I continue to offer instruction and performance on both the highland bagpipes and the Scottish parlor pipes. If you're interested in booking me for an event, or if you live in the area and are thinking about learning to play the bagpipes yourself, please use the contact page to get in touch!