Within a year after I started playing pipes, my band involvement had taken me to a good portion of the east coast of the United States, as well as a month-long trip to Scotland. I realized the potential for travel, and thus set the goal for myself to play my pipes in each of the 50 Unites States.
I set the guideline that it must be a performance, competition, or serious practice session, so pulling over to play by the side of the road for 5 minutes doesn’t count. I’ve decided the practice session must be long enough for me to play a few warmup tunes, an MSR, and a full piobaireachd. This page follows my progress where I’ve been able to meet those requirements thus far. Check back or subscribe to the RSS feed to follow my quest!
I use this map to track my progress (click on the map to make your own). As of the latest addition (Hawaii in June 2014), I have 23 states plus Washington, DC. I’ve also played in Scotland, three Canadian provinces (Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia), Mexico, and on a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico.
First: Virginia (April 1999)
Most recent: Hawaii (June 2014)
Here’s my progress so far.
|Delaware||USPF Amateur Championship||Newark||June||2012|
|Florida||Disney World parade||Orlando||April||1999|
|Georgia||Stone Mountain Highland Games||Stone Mountain||October||2001|
|Hawaii||Irish pub entertainment||Honolulu||June||2014|
|Kentucky||Glasgow Highland Games||Glasgow||June||2004|
|Maryland||Memorial Day Parade||Westminster||May||1999|
|Massachusetts||Glasgowlands Highland Games||Northampton||July||2007|
|Missouri||Winter Storm (practice)||Kansas City||January||2009|
|New Hampshire||Irish music session||North Conway||August||2006|
|New York||St. Patrick’s Day Parade||New York City||March||2000|
|North Carolina||Loch Norman Highland Games||Huntersville||April||2001|
|Ohio||Scotts w’ Shotts||Lorain||March||2004|
|Oregon||Practice in the park||Corvallis||August||2012|
|Pennsylvania||Band practice||Bethel Park||April||2003|
|Rhode Island||Rhode Island Highland Games||Richmond||May||2007|
|South Carolina||Citadel Parade||Charleston||November||1999|
|Vermont||Band practice||St. Johnsbury||December||2006|
|Washington||Bellingham Scottish Highland Games||Ferndale||June||2013|
|Washington, D.C.||Pub crawl||March||2011|
|West Virginia||Scottish festival||Bridgeport||May||2004|
Other places I’ve played:
Ontario, Canada: Hamilton Highland Games, Hamilton, June 2004
Quebec, Canada: Montreal Highland Games, August 2007
British Columbia, Canada: BC Pipers’ Association Annual Gathering, March 2013
Scotland: World Pipe Band Championships, Glasgow, August 2006
Mexico: Sunset dockside performance, Calica, December 2007