The following publications are FREE for download. A courtesy email informing me of their use would be appreciated.
Learning the bagpipes is an extremely broad topic. Most of what is learned is done by rote without fully understanding what the finished product is supposed to be. The Highland Bagpipe Tutor Student Manual is a comprehensive approach to piping instruction using proven techniques and exercises to quickly move the beginning student to the pipes. The manual is currently being used by individuals and bands in the United States, Australia, France, Slovakia, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, Spain, Paraguay, Italy, and England.
Behind the Tunes
Christmas Carols Arranged for
A selection of Christmas carols, their stories, lyrics, and settings for the Great Highland Bagpipe.
This Week’s Topic…
In 2007, The Omaha Pipes and Drums created a Grade 5 band to give students who were transitioning to the Highland Bagpipes the opportunity to play in a band setting. Weekly emails were sent to all students on a variety of subjects to generate interest and an understanding of Celtic culture and Highland Bagpiping. This is a collection of the first two year’s email postings.
The interest in the Highland Bagpipe Tutor Student Manual – now in its fifth edition – prompted the development of a companion manual for the instructor. The intent is not to duplicate the materials in the Student Manual, but to provide additional information on the subject and to provide a solid foundation for those providing instruction.
Tunes of Glory
Travels in Scotland
In 2004, the Omaha Pipes and Drums competed in the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. Between practice sessions and competitions, I traveled to: Arbroath * Arbroath Abbey * Airthrey Castle * Balhousie Castle * Bridge of Allen * Dunfermline * Dunfermline Abbey and Palace * Edinburgh * Edinburgh Castle * North Berwick * Perth * Scone Palace * Stirling * Stirling Castle * Wallace Monument
In 2017, the Omaha Pipes and Drums returned to Scotland to compete at North Berwick, Bridge of Allan, and the World Pipe Band Championships. Between practices and competitions, I traveled to: Rosslyn Chapel * Bannockburn Battle Site * Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis * Holyrood Palace * Scottish Parliament * The National Piping Center * Greyfriar’s * Scottish National Gallery * St. Giles Cathedral
OP&D Monthly Newsletters
From 2010 through 2018, I published a monthly newsletter for the Omaha Pipes and Drums. You are welcome to reproduce any or all of the articles from any of the collections.