Finesse – Seattle’s Cathedral Bagpiper in Residence, celebrating 30 years of tailored Bagpipe performance in 2020
Full-Time Piping since 1994 – Highland Bagpipe Music, Instruction, Composition, Leadership
70 Solo Piping Awards, West – East – Canada – Scotland – World Solo Amateur Champion, Glasgow 2009
Venue Flexibility – 8 Bagpipes covering 6 levels of volume, 4 keys & 130 years
Pipe Major, Seattle’s Elliott Bay Pipe Band, since 2003 * Founder, Director – Iona Abbey Celtic Ensemble, since 1997
Founder of 2 thriving Piping non-profits, serving Boards of Directors since 1992
“…tis my delight – alone in summer shade – to pipe a simple song for thinking hearts.” -Wordsworth
Every performance is my only performance. Every student is my only student, every composition is my only composition. To accommodate different performance spaces, I have prepared different volume-ranging bagpipes for spaces tiny to extra-large. Since 1992 I’ve taught bagpipe music — to women, men, to the young, very young and not-so-young — in person, in classes, and thru my advanced Skype studio in Seattle. I’m no stranger to the hot seat either — “The best musicians continue to learn,” and in 1996 I was offered the chance to create my own Continuing Education, creating from scratch curriculum and framework to take advantage of hosting the World’s top Double Gold Medal pipers and World Champion drummers annually here in Puget Sound – for what became the Mastery of Scottish Arts piping program – fully considered now to be the best annual Piping & Drumming program in the world. Since 1998, we bring the best of the top Gold Medalists worldwide, 8-10 of them annually, to teach me and 80 other bagpipe musicians at the Winter School. It’s a wonderful thing — and the only place in the world where these teachers gather to pass on their craft. For myself, it’s become a ‘hot seat’ as I work hard throughout the year to satisfy this tremendous group of instructors.
And finally, Thank You for finding me here. More detail about my background, including non-profit bagpipe volunteerism, performances of note, awards etc., is all here. If you would like, the ‘behind the curtain’ view, my Blog is here too (selected by Feedspot as one of the Top 30 Bagpipe Blogs on the web).
Tyrone Heade, piper
Pipe Major, Elliott Bay Pipe Band
Cathedral Piper in Residence, St. James Cathedral & St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral