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I am an award winning solo piper, having competed as a nationally ranked member of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association. Performance rates start at $225.00, which includes up to one hour of performance time and two hours of travel. Additional travel or performance time is negotiated on an individual basis. Please feel free to contact me to discuss your event.
In addition to performances, I can teach lessons for beginning to intermediate level, and provide services such as bag tie-in, reed set-up and tuning, refurbishing, and repairs. Lessons are one hour (location to be determined based on mutual convenience), and the cost is $25.00 for individual instruction. Online lessons via Skype can be arranged, and group rates are also available.
One of my earliest memories is of me trying to play along with my parents' stereo on a plastic toy guitar. I must have been about 3 years old at the time. I remember being frustrated because what was coming out of my guitar did not sound like the music I was hearing -- which was one of my mom's Elvis records. As a kid, my parents' house was always full of music. Elvis, CCR, Simon & Garfunkel, Jimmy Reed, Lightnin' Hopkins, The Carter Family, The Everly Brothers, Johnny Cash, Los Indios Tabajaras, Carlos Segovia, Beethoven, Bach, Mahalia Jackson -- it was all there.
Around 3rd grade I had the 45 rpm single of "Beth" by Kiss because it was a popular song. After listening to it about a hundred times I decided to see what was on the B side. "Detroit Rock City" was the song, and the moment I heard that distorted guitar I was hooked. From there it was Kiss, Boston, AC/DC, Styx, Priest, Maiden, Scorpions... and then I found Black Sabbath, and that's where I've been ever since. I started playing guitar at age 6, but didn't seriously pick it up until I was in my teens. I've played in a series of different bands off and on since the mid-1980's.
Then, in 1998, I saw someone playing a set of bagpipes. I have always loved the sound of the pipes, but had never seen one up close. Having grown up listening to and playing hard rock and heavy metal, I appreciated loud instruments. I was amazed that so much sound could come from an acoustic instrument. Curious, I searched the web to find out how bagpipes work, and found pages on how to learn. I also found plans and blueprints for bagpipes, and having a background in woodworking and as an amateur machinist, I made a few sets. This experience has been invaluable when it comes to pipe set-up and repairs.
Having been trained in music from an early age, I began teaching myself the pipes. Later I joined Silver Thistle Pipes & Drums, Austin’s only competition pipe band. Since then I have continued to study bagpipe music and practice daily. I have won dozens of awards in solo and band competition, playing around the United States and internationally. In 2011 I competed in the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.
In addition to my experience with bagpipes, I am a formally trained musician, with over 30 years of study, performance, and competition – including guitar, saxophone, and general music theory. I have also played electric bass, mandolin, and drums.
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