Owen McCulloch, Highland Bagpiper

Owen McCulloch is a first-generation Scot; whose father, also a bagpiper, is from Kilbirnie, Scotland. Owen grew up as a “band-kid” going to parades, Burns Suppers, concerts, highland games and competitions for his father’s bagpiping, and was a volunteer for many years with the Portland Highland Games as piping steward and eventually director of the Scottish athletics for eight years.

Headshot of Owen McCulloch

He started taking lessons from Rob Barrick, professional piper, instructor and judge, in 1994, and in 1995 began piping with the Clan Mcleay Pipes & Drums, a grade IV competition band in Portland, Oregon. In 1999 he moved to Boulder County, Colorado and began piping with the Fort Collins Pipe Band (now Northern Colorado Caledonia Pipe Band), a grade III/IV competition band. From 2002-2006 he lived in the Florida Keys and piped with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard; from 2006-2009 he lived in northern Florida and piped with the Jacksonville Pipes & Drums From 2009-2013 he lived in northern New Mexico and piped with the Order of the Thistle Pipes & Drums in Santa Fe, NM. Owen and his family relocated to D/FW in 2014, and he joined the Metroplex United Pipe Band in fall 2015.

Owen has had the opportunity to play in many competitions, with a variety of bands, numerous weddings, memorial services, parades and birthdays. He and his family enjoy festivals, music, backpacking, sailing and school activities. He is a professional with the Boy Scouts of America at their national headquarters in Irving, Texas.