The following publications are FREE for download. A courtesy email informing me of their use would be appreciated.
Behind the Tunes
Behind the Tunes are collections of music for the Highland Bagpipes and the stories behind them. INDEX
Volume 1 Volume 2 Volume 3 Volume 4 Volume 5 Volume 6
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.
Tunes of Glory
A compilation of hymns, songs, their stories, lyrics, and settings for the Great Highland Bagpipe.
Volume 1 Volume 2
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.
Since September of 2000, Ceol Sean has created over 35 bagpipe tune collections on CD, and are now making those collections available on-line for free! The site has thousands of individual tune settings on our site, which you can: a) view on-line, b) print, or c) save to your computer.
Bagpipe Tunes has over 5500 tunes for the Great Highland Bagpipe in BWW, BMW, and PiobMaster formats available for download.
The BMW Tunes Page has 1,689 tunes for download in Bagpipe Music Writer format.
On pipetunes.ca you’ll find superb settings of hundreds of traditional tunes, as well as authorized, copyright material from today’s best composers. Browse by listening to the tunes. You can also download free demonstrations of the tunes by leading piper and teacher Jim McGillivray, as well as by many of the composers themselves.