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Bagpipe Music  | Performance |  Instruction | Composition

“…tis my delight, alone in summer shade, to pipe a simple song for thinking hearts.”  -Wordsworth

Cathedral Piper Tyrone Heade performs bagpipe music full-time, for small groups and large audiences alike.  View his professional background.

Bagpipe Music, a passion

Tyrone was given his Grandfather’s bagpipe when he was nine… and just kept playing.  He quit his career September 1994 when a friend advised “Do what you love” (…and laughed at the thought!).

Tyrone became Cathedral Piper in Residence in 1990 – this role, along with other long-term commitments has allowed him to follow his passion to drive bagpipe music forward.  With pipes of different volumes and timbres, Tyrone has developed an excellence for performance, instruction, composition, musical directorship and longstanding non-profit leadership.  Trusted, and with gratitude to have worked with noted musicians and non-profit leaders, his background includes…

  • Winning Solo Performances
  • Original Works – performed, published & commissioned
  • Instructor of awarded students
  • Finesse, Cathedral Bagpiper in Residence 26+ years
  • Founder/Music Director, Elliott Bay Pipe Band (since 2003);  acoustic ensemble Iona Abbey (since 1999)
  • Founder, Mastery of Scottish Arts (1997); Board of Directors, Celtic Arts Foundation (since 2008)

High resolution videos — Highland bagpipe, Great Scottish Small pipe, and another Small pipe.

A Path to further Bagpipe Music

Tyrone was asked to provide Cathedral bagpipe music residencies — first for St. James Cathedral (since 1990, under Dr. James Savage) and then for St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (since 1993, under Cannon Musician Mel Butler).  This resulted in mastering a collection of bagpipes for different spaces, offering tailored volume, keys and timbre.  Notables include…

  • World Solo Amateur Championship, Glasgow, Scotland (2009, Piobaireachd, Seattle Times, commentary)
  • Yakima Symphony (Guest Soloist, 2014, Concert Pitch Highland pipe)
  • Oprah, the Farewell Season (2 min. segment intro, November 2010)
  • Roof (yes, the roof!) of Space Needle, 9/11 10th Anniversary (2011 @ 5:46 AM, original work performed, KOMO TV video or the AP Wire photo AP photo)
  • Paramount, Bryan Adams duet, Cuts like a Knife (April 2011, Concert Pitch Highland pipe)
  • Bremerton Symphony Concert Chorale (Guest Artist 2014, Great Small pipe & Highland pipe)

Bagpipe Music of different | volume | pitch | key |  foundations

Bagpipe music is offered in different volumes, timbres and keys; offered solo or with cello, fiddle, guitar, bodhran.  Active in composition, Tyrone has written over 80 pieces works, with some published and some commissioned.  View Tyrone’s resume (pdf) and some of his performance clients.

Caring passionately about piping musicianship and education, Tyrone helped to found, then lead development of the Mastery of Scottish Arts Winter School world-class faculty from 1995, which grew from strength-to-strength and merged in 2008 with the Celtic Arts Foundation, Mount Vernon, Washington.  Celtic Arts debuted its $2.6 million Littlefield Celtic Center performance hall in 2015.  The Littlefield Center performances have been consistent sell-outs, and has virtually no debt.

Tyrone has been a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science, and a voter in the Grammy’s for 10+ years.

Tyrone Heade, piper

Pipe Major, Elliott Bay Pipe Band
Cathedral Piper, St. James Cathedral & St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral