I was first introduced to the Great Highland Bagpipe in August of 2005, when I saw the John Wayne version of The Longest Day. No more than a week later, I told my mother that I was interesting in learning to play the bagpipe. At the time, we had no idea where we would find a piping instructor but no sooner had we began our search that we found Jimmy Mitchell, a graduate from a prominent piping school in Houston, living in my hometown of Forney, TX.
I was soon taking lessons from Jimmy on a weekly basis and before long I had my own set of Highland Bagpipes. One of the first tunes I learned was amazing grace on bagpipes. In early 2006, I began competing in solo piping contests and not long after that, I joined a local pipe band in Dallas which I was involved in for several years. Due to a hectic school and work schedule, I had to leave the pipe band.
In the fall of 2010, I was asked by members of The Silver Thistle Pipes & Drums of Austin, TX to accompany them to The Worlds Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. After 6 months of hard work I accompanied them to The Worlds and although we did not place, it was a great stepping stone for the years to come.
In 2012, I was accepted to Lyon College located in Batesville, AR where I studied Music and English. During my time at Lyon I focused on the bagpipe as my musical discipline and my skills were honed under Pipe Major Jimmy Bell. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Lyon, traveling all over the United States to areas such as Florida, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Louisiana to take part in solo and band piping contests. In early 2015, I graduated from Lyon and moved back home to the Dallas area.
Nowadays, I take all of the piping business that I can, actively looking for more opportunities that will allow me to do what I am passionate about – piping.