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Cathedral Piper in Residence (since 1990)

World Solo Amateur Champion, Piobaireachd, Glasgow (2009)

Seattle Bagpipe Music  |  Performance  |  Composition  |  Bagpipe Instruction

“…tis my delight, alone in summer shade, to pipe a simple song for thinking hearts.”  -Wordsworth

Cathedral Piper Tyrone Heade performs bagpipe music full-time, from tiny gatherings to large audiences in Washington, Oregon, Colorado and California.  View his detailed professional background.  It includes…

Bagpipe Music, steady with passion

Tyrone was given his Grandfather’s pipe, along with two faded photos and handwritten bagpipe music, when he was nine… and just kept playing.  He quit his career September 1994 when a friend advised “Do what you love” (…and laughed at the thought!).

Asked to be Cathedral Piper in Residence for Seattle’s St. James Cathedral in 1990, followed by St. Mark’s Cathedral request for the same in 1993, Tyrone began a string of long-term commitments, further stoking his passion to drive bagpipe music forward.  With pipes of different volumes and timbres, Tyrone developed an excellence for performance, instruction, composition, musical directorship and longstanding non-profit leadership.  With gratitude, he has been trusted by noted musicians and non-profit leaders alike.

Creating his own world-class “continuing education”, Tyrone helped to found, lead and develop the curriculum of the Mastery of Scottish Arts Winter School, bringing a world-class faculty to teach annually. The Winter School grew strength-to-strength from 1996 to 2008 when it merged with the Celtic Arts Foundation, an hour north of Seattle in Mount Vernon.  Celtic Arts debuted its $2.6 million Littlefield Celtic Center performance hall in 2015.  The Littlefield Center quickly became known for its quality Celtic music and acoustics; and, it has virtually no debt.  The Winter School has consistently curated the best Bagpipe Music instruction in the world since 1996.

High resolution videos — Highland bagpipe, Great Scottish Small pipe, and another Small pipe.

Moving Seattle Bagpipe music ahead

Tyrone was asked to provide two Seattle Cathedral bagpipe music residencies — first for St. James Cathedral (since 1990, under Dr. James Savage) and then for St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (since 1993, under Cannon Musician Mel Butler).  This resulted in mastering a collection of bagpipes for different spaces, offering tailored volume, keys and timbre.  Notables include…

Different Tones, Keys & Timbres

Bagpipe music is offered in different volumes, timbres and keys; and solo, or with cello, fiddle, guitar and bodhran.  Active in composition, Tyrone has written over 90 pieces, including published and commissioned.  View Tyrone’s resume (pdf) and some of his performance clients.  Tyrone has been a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science, and a voter in the Grammy’s for 10+ years.

Tyrone Heade, piper

Pipe Major, Elliott Bay Pipe Band
Cathedral Piper, St. James Cathedral & St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral