Cathedral Piper in Residence (since 1990)
World Solo Amateur Champion, Piobaireachd, Glasgow (2009)
Bagpipe Music | Performance | Composition | 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. View his detailed professional background. It includes…
- Winning Performances
- Original Works – juried, published, commissioned & performed
- Instructor of awarded students
- Finesse, Cathedral Bagpiper in Residence (since 1990)
- Founder (1992), Music Director (since 2003), Elliott Bay Pipe Band; created & leads Iona Abbey ensemble (since 1999)
- Founder, director Mastery of Scottish Arts Winter School (1997-2008)
- Board of Directors, Celtic Arts Foundation (since 2008)
Bagpipe Music, steady on 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.
Taking Bagpipe music further
Tyrone was asked to provide 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…
- World Solo Amateur Championship, Glasgow, Scotland, 2009 (Piobaireachd, Seattle Times, commentary) — on Grandfather’s pipe, a few blocks from where it was made by RG Lawrie ca 1900.
- Guest Soloist, Yakima Symphony, 2014 (A440 Highland Bagpipe)
- Oprah, the Farewell Season (2 min. segment intro, November 2010)
- Roof (yes, the roof!) of Space Needle, 9/11 10th Anniversary, 2011 (5:46 AM, original works performed, KOMO TV video or the AP Wire photo AP photo)
- Duet with Bryan Adams, Cuts like a Knife, 2011 (A440 Highland Bagpipe)
- Guest Artist Bremerton Symphony Concert Chorale, 2014 (Great Small pipe & Highland Bagpipe)
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