Cathedral Piper in Residence (since 1990)
“…tis my delight, alone in summer shade, to pipe a simple song for thinking hearts.” -Wordsworth
I’m Tyrone Heade, providing bagpipe music as Seattle’s Cathedral Bagpiper in Residence since I was asked in 1990. Growing up playing my Grandfather’s bagpipe, I perform, teach and compose bagpipe music full-time, in the Northwest and beyond, since 1994. It’s my passion. And, in an utter surprise to me, I won the World Solo Amateur Championship, Glasgow, in 2009.
Every performance is my only performance. Every student is my only student, and every composition is my only composition. To accommodate different performance spaces, I collected and prepared 10 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. I teach in person and from my advanced Skype studio in Seattle. I’m no stranger to the hot seat either — “The best musicians continue to learn,” and in 1995 I was called, literally out-of-the-blue, to create my own ‘Continuing Education’. I created curriculum and framework to bring the top Double Gold Medalists in the world to Puget Sound for what became the Mastery of Scottish Arts piping program. Running since 1996, we still bring the best of the top Gold Medalists worldwide, 8-10 of them annually, to teach me and 75 other bagpipe musicians at the Winter School. It’s become a wonderful thing, a ‘hot seat’ for me to work hard to satisfy them year round.
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