Tyrone Heade,,|Piper

Tyrone Heade, performing with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, 2014. Tyrone is pictured performing with is Grandfather's bagpipe, ca 1900, made by R.G. Lawrie. For this performance, Tyrone set the pipe to concert pitch (A440), a process that took 26 hours. It was the first time the instrument was performed with it's original chanter since Tyrone was 12 yrs old.

Cathedral Piper Tyrone Heade, performing his Grandfather’s instrument on-stage with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, 2014.


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World Solo Amateur Championship
1st Place, Grade I Piobaireachd, Tulloch Ard
Glasgow, Scotland, August 2009

Competition League of Amateur Solo Pipers
1st Place, Grade I Piobaireachd
New York, February 2007

World Solo Amateur Championship
3rd Place x2, Glasgow, 2018 – 2/4 March & Strathspey/Reel
2018 Regional prizes – 1st x4,  2nd x2


Cathedral Piper Tyrone Heade performs bagpipe music full-time, from tiny gatherings to large audiences in Washington, Oregon, Colorado and California for 25 years.

  • Awarded, Winning Performances
  • Original Works – juried, published, commissioned & performed
  • Instructor of awarded students
  • Solo Performances with two regional Symphonies, Concert Pitch Highland Bagpipe
  • 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)

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 previous career in 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 move 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.

Offered to create his own world-class “continuing education”, Tyrone helped to begin 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 is now known for its quality Celtic music and acoustics, favored by Celtic musicians traveling North America from around the world.  The Celtic Arts Foundation, including the Littlefield Celtic Center, has virtually no debt.  Today, the Winter School is known as consistently curating the best Bagpipe Music instruction in the world.  It now spans two weeks in a quiet location on the Hood Canal, featuring (for the first week) 8-10 Double Gold Medalist Highland pipe instructors from Scotland and Canada, and 4 world champion drummers from Scotland, Canada and the US.  The second week, with a focus on bellows pipes (Reel Pipes, Small Pipes) and fiddle, whistle, and an accompaniment program for piano and guitar, with 7 instructors of top World status, coming from Scotland, Cape Breton and the US.  The Celtic Arts Foundation works diligently throughout the year on detailed Visa efforts to bring the best instructors for our students.  The Masters of Scottish Arts Concert is regularly performed at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, home to the Seattle Symphony.


performances OF NOTE


  • Oprah, The Farewell Season, November 2010
  • KOMO TV, 9/11 Anniversary, roof of the Space Needle, September 2011
  • KCTS Connects , Performance/Interview, October 2000
  • Bill Nye, the Science Guy (Disney & KCTS) three episodes, 1997
  • KIRO AM, Performance/Interview, March 2000
  • KOMO Radio, Performance/Interview, February 1997
  • K106 FM, Live Performance/Interview, March 1995
  • KUOW, Live Performance/Interview with Dave Beck, January 1995


  • Iona Abbey, CD, Quintana-Leon Studios, 1998
  • Progress, Soundtrack, Web Crowell Productions, 1997
  • Turning Toward You, CD by Stanley Greenthal,1997

Organizations Founded

Performance Instruments

Historical Solo Awards include……

B.C. Pipers’ Annual Gathering

  • Winner, 2006 – 2005 – 2004 Ian Charles MacLeod Memorial Shield,
    Gd II Piobaireachd, BC Pipers Annual Gathering

    • “The Duke of Athole’s Salute” (2006)
    • “Macleods Short Tune” (2005)
    • “MacKenzie of Applecross’ Salute (2004)
  • 2nd Place, Grade II Piobaireachd, “Glengarries March” (2001)
  • 3rd Place, Grade II Piobaireachd,”Lament for Lady
    Margaret MacDonald” (2000)
  • 5th Place, Jig (2001)

Lyon University, Arkansas Scottish Festival

  • 1st Place, Strathspey/Reel, 1st Place Jig/Hornpipe, 1st Place 6/8 March,
  • 1st Place Piobaireachd “MacLeod’s Controversy”;
  • 1st Place 6/8 March, 2nd Place 2/4 March (all 2004)

Washington Piping Association

  • Winner, Grade II Aggregate (2004)
  • 1st Place, Grade II Piobaireachd, “The Little Spree” (2003)
  • 1st Place, Grade II Jig/Hornpipe (2003)
  • 2nd Place, Grade II 6/8 March (2000)
  • 1st Place, Grade II Piobaireachd (2001)
  • 1st Place, Grade IPiobaireachd, “Battle of the Pass of Crieff” (1996)

Portland Highland Games:

  • 1st Place, Grade II Piobaireachd, “The King’s Taxes” (1999)
  • 2nd Place, Grade II Piobaireachd (1997)
  • 2nd Place, Grade II Piobaireachd (1996)
  • 1st Place, Old Highland Aire Grade III (1995 & 1994)
  • 2nd Place, Strathspey & Reel Grade III (1993)

British Columbia:

  • 2nd Place, Grade II Piobaireachd (1999)

Pacific Northwest Highland Games:

  • 2nd Place, Grade II Piobaireachd (2003)
  • 3rd Place, Jig (1999)
  • 2nd Place, 6/8 March (1995)
  • 3rd Place, 2/4 March (1995)

Skagit Games:

  • 1st Place, Grade I Piobaireachd, “Duke of Athole’s Salute” (2010)
  • 4th Place, Grade I Piobaireachd (2009)
  • 2nd Place, Grade II Piobaireachd (2000)
  • 2nd Place, Grade II Piobaireachd (1999)
  • Winner, Grade III Piping Aggregate (1995)
  • 1st Place, Piobaireachd “The Battle of Auldearn, Setting No. 1” (1995)
  • 1st Place, Strathspey & Reel (1995)
  • 2nd Place, 2/4 March (1995)

Bellingham Highland Games:

  • 3rd Place, 2/4 March (1994)

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