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Updated 08/05/2020



Nothing stirs the emotions like the sound of Bagpipes...
Pipers have been entertaining guests at weddings, banquets and parties for centuries.  The haunting beauty and majesty of the pipes add a distinctive touch for any occasion.  The following publications are FREE for download.  A courtesy email informing me of their use would be appreciated.

Highland Bagpipe Tutor Student Manual  NEW  5th Edition  PRINT Version
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.


Highland Bagpipe Tutor - Instructor Manual  PRINT Version   
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.

Behind the Tunes
PRINT Volume I, PRINT Volume II, PRINT Volume III, PRINT Volume IVPRINT Volume V

Behind the Tunes is a collection of music for the Highland Bagpipes and the stories behind them.  Index of Tunes

PRINT Version Volume I, PRINT Version Volume II   Tunes of Glory
A compilation of
hymns, songs, their stories, lyrics, and settings for the Great Highland Bagpipe.
Index of Tunes

Christmas Carols Arranged for Highland Bagpipe   PRINT Version
A selection of Christmas carols, their stories, lyrics, and settings for the Great Highland Bagpipe.
Index of Tunes

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   PRINT Version

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  PRINT Version


This week's topic...A collection of various piping and related topics of interest.
Index of Topics


Omaha Pipes and Drums Monthly Newsletter Collections
From 2010 through 2018 I published a monthly newsletter for the Omaha Pipes and Drums.
You can download the entire collection below.

2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  2018