AusTex Bagpipes

Great Highland Bagpipes for all occasions
Throughout Austin and Central Texas


A Piper's Life For Me

Observations of a piper living and playing in the world's bagpipe hinterlands of Texas.

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Part the Second: The Music and the Never Ending Fight for Attendance

Posted by on August 25, 2015 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (9581)

Competitions for a pipe band generally consist of two events: the March, Strathspey and Reel (MSR) and the Medley. For a Grade 3 band the MSR has to consist of a 4-parted 2/4 march, a 4-parted strathspey and a 4-parted reel. The medley is set of tunes, typically dance tunes with a slow air thrown into the mix, which has to last between three and five minutes from beginning to end.

Simple enough, eh? But what tunes do you play? There are tons of classic pipe tunes to choose from, ...

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Confessions of a Beginning Pipe Major - A Short Series

Posted by on August 18, 2015 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (279)

This has been an interesting four years, starting with my taking over as Pipe Major of the Silver Thistle Pipes & Drums after our last trip to the World Pipe Band Championships (“the Worlds” in Glasgow, Scotland in 2011 and culminating in our latest run to the Worlds last week. For my non-piping friends, the Pipe Major of a pipe band is, in short, responsible for the musical product that the band puts on the field. The reality, I have since found, is much more intense. ...

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Busier than a One-eyed Man at a Burlesque Show...

Posted by on December 23, 2014 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (562)

It was certainly a busy weekend for this piper with gigs every day from Thursday to Saturday. I've got to say that in the past I've played the usual funerals and weddings.  I've played in a movie and as a guest musician on another artist's cd.  Parties, grand openings, band and solo, blah blah blah.  You get the picture. But I think that I can now say that I have "collected the full set" of piping gigs. On Saturday night, I played what I have to say was one of the most ori...

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CoW Taking a Break

Posted by on April 16, 2014 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (146)

I was very sad to see the Pipes|Drums article about the City of Washington Pipe Band (CoW) taking the year off due to insufficient numbers.  I had the distinct honor and pleasure of playing with them (well...more rehearsing with them) back in 2010.  I was only able to rehearse with them during their monthly "traveling players" weekend rehearsals and had to drop out before the f...

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Joining the World of Social Media

Posted by on April 16, 2014 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (75)

Ugh.  So I'm finally doing it.  Those who know me have probably heard me say in the past that I always do my level best to keep my online profile as small as humanly possible.  It's not that I'm paranoid or believe in some overarching government plot to enslave us; I just like to keep a low profile.  Well, certain life events have conspired to make me change that.  It seems that if you're looking for a job, or just looking for the odd gig or two, it is necessary ...

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