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, and I’ve provided bagpipe music as Seattle’s Cathedral Bagpiper in Residence since I was asked in 1990. I grew up playing my Grandfather’s bagpipe, and 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 seven 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 both 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,” in 1995 I was called to create my ‘Continuing Education’, where I created curriculum and framework for what became the Mastery of Scottish Arts piping program. Running since 1996, we 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, and a nice ‘hot seat’ to have in my quiver.
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 like, my Blog is available for a ‘behind the curtain’ view bagpipes, bagpipe music and other piping details (selected by Feedspot as one of the Top 30 Bagpipe Blogs on the web).
Tyrone Heade, piper