About Me

So many tunes, so little time!

I’ve been piping since 2002, first with the Celtic Spirit Pipe Band of Buffalo, New York, and now with the Wasatch and District Pipe Band of Bountiful, Utah. I am now in my third season competing with my band, and also competing solo. I play weddings and funerals on a regular basis along the Wasatch Front. I also recently added to my piping portfolio by joining the Heathen Highlanders, Utah’s only mercenary pipe band.

Growing up in England, and experiencing other styles of music before I ever started piping, has informed my approach to the bagpipes and I try to convey some of this through my writing here.

Your comments are, of course, welcome!

Header photos

When the grade 3 band played, I wore their hats - Spring 2010 in Las Vegas
I'm tucked away right - Summer 2010
Wasatch & District Pipe Band - Summer 2010
Cache Valley Highland Games - 2009
W&D Grade 4 BP - Spring 2010 in Las Vegas
Payson Highland Games - Summer 2010
Heathens in Bars - St Patrick's 2010 with a phone

4 Replies to “About Me”

  1. Hi there I see on the bob dunsire forum somebody has posted
    you the results of colchester if you would like to see some
    photos and read about our experience of the comp check out
    http://www.thepride.co.uk hope you enjoy our site the pride of murray
    we pipe with pride too!
    all the best julie macisaac

  2. Marc,

    Firstly, thanks for the kind words on my blog, Zen Traveler. It’s always appreciated toget feed back from people, especially fellow bloggers.

    I had to laugh at your invitation to check out your blog because I’ve been an avid reader of it for about a year. I have it marked in my Google Reader and get notified when you put up a post.

    I appreciate your love for piobaireachd. For me, it’s a very emotional music, one that requires a certain amount of living life’s lessons in order to fully appreciate what it has to offer. I’m currently working on Kinlochmoidart #1 with my teacher, and have found that I really love this tune. I guess that’s a good thing since we have to live with our tune selections for such a long time before we can get them presentable 🙂

    Best to you and yours,


  3. Hi Mark,

    It was great seeing you at the games at Thanksgiving point. You totally kicked my butt in the Piobairaechd competition, well done. Are you going to the Payson games? It would be great to see you there. Hey do you want to link to my web site? I also have our family blog at http://www.jacobclan.blogspot.com. Anyway, good competing with you, talk with you later.

    Robert Jacob

  4. Thanks Robert!

    I’m not sure I kicked your butt. Edged you, maybe! Your tune sounded really nice – you’ve come a long way in the past year. As for me, I always get beaten by Maddie from our band in piobaireachd. It’s a fact of life when you come to piping as an adult that you’re going to get shown up by all the teenagers!

    Payson should be good – it’s always a very pleasant games in a beautiful setting. See you there!

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