Photo by Emily Pérez Long
How long have you played the pipes? Do you play any other instruments?
I learned and played the pipes for a couple of years when I was 12. I just got back into it five years ago. I also play the piano.
What got you into playing pipes?
I have Scottish ancestors, and on top of that, I’ve always enjoyed listening to pipe bands.
What do you love most about playing this instrument specifically?
I love the sound of the pipes, and it’s a pretty unique instrument.
Are there any popular misconceptions about bagpipes? If so, what is the truth?
A lot of people think bagpipes are only a Scottish instrument, but throughout history as well as now, different variations of them are played in countries around the world.
What’s the most challenging thing about playing pipes?
It takes quite a physical effort to play the instrument, so regular practice is important.
Any memorable pipe-related experiences you’d like to share?
One of my favorite experiences was playing the pipes at two of my daughters’ wedding celebrations. Another was competing for the first time with the Chattanooga Pipe Band at a Highland Games last year.
Is there anything you’d like to add?
Being in the Chattanooga Pipe Band is
a great way to play the bagpipes with a
wonderful group of people!