Pipe Sergeant Peter Bailey

Peter Bailey is a career software engineer, having lived and worked in this field in DFW since late 1999. Other interests and hobbies include cooking, SCUBA diving, fashion, carpentry, watching Arsenal matches at the local pub (COYG!) and traveling as much as possible with his wife, Jill. Peter is also the father of a lovely and spirited teenage daughter who keeps him feeling simultaneously old and young.

Headshot of Peter Bailey, Bagpiper

Peter’s route to bagpipes has a story arc that is likely familiar to many. As a youngster, Peter played the piano for several years before switching to euphonium in elementary school. This led to playing the valve trombone in marching band, shortly after which he decided to just learn slide trombone. Peter continued to play the slide trombone all through high school, including concert, marching, and jazz bands.

Sixteen years later, while on honeymoon in Scotland, Peter connected with the Scottish part of his heritage (Loch Moigh!) and became quite enamored with the country, its people, and its music. Upon observing a bagpiper busking in Edinburgh, Peter turned to his new wife and declared, “I’m going to learn bagpipes!” Indulging his interests, she bought him a practice chanter and a starter set of lessons later that year as a Christmas gift.

Peter’s involvement with Metroplex United Pipe Band started almost as early as his journey into piping began, joining the organization in January of 2015, just one month after acquiring a set of Great Highland Bagpipes to call his own. Since that time, Peter has performed with MUPB at many public and private events as well as helping the band earn increasingly better marks at competitions. Never shy of a challenge, Peter took the opportunity to play as a 1st harmony piper in the band, which often means learning each tune twice! In August of 2016 Peter accepted the role of Pipe Sergeant although, informally, Peter’s role in the band is to be “The Scottish looking one” 😉

Starting in late 2015, Peter has also performed professionally as a soloist for birthday parties, fundraisers, weddings, funerals, and other events. More at PeterPiper.info

Tunes

2/4 Marches

  • Bonny Indore
  • Campbell’s Farewell to Redcastle
  • Corriechoillie’s 43rd welcome to the Northern Meeting
  • Cutting Bracken †
  • Mairi’s Wedding †
  • Teribus
  • The High Road to Gairloch (+Seconds)
  • The Toronto Scottish Regiment †

3/4 Marches

  • Balmoral
  • Cort’s Welcome
  • Let Erin Remember
  • The Green Hills of Tyrol (+Seconds)
  • The Minstrel Boy (+Harmony)
  • The Wearin’ o’ the Green

4/4 Marches

  • La Boum † (+Harmony)
  • Scotland the Brave
  • The Rakes of Mallow
  • The Rowan Tree (+Harmony)
  • Wings

6/8 Marches

  • A Hundred Pipers
  • Bengullion †
  • Bonny Dundee
  • Garryowen
  • Mrs. Lily Christie
  • The Atholl Highlanders †
  • The Highland Circus
  • The Houston Highland Games †

Airs/Slow Airs/Laments

  • Amazing Grace (+Harmony)
  • Danny Boy (+Harmony)
  • Flower of Scotland †
  • Going Home (+Harmony)
  • Hector the Hero †
  • Highland Cathedral (+Harmony)
  • Mist Covered Mountains † (+Harmony †)
  • Scots Wha Ha’e †
  • The Flowers of the Forest
  • The Mermaid
  • The Skye Boat Song
  • The Sleeping Tune
  • The Willow
  • Top Deck in Perth

Hornpipes

  • Caber Feidh †
  • Edwyn’s Didji Place *
  • The Londonderry Hornpipe *

Jigs

  • Alex MacDonald †
  • Glasgow City Police Pipers
  • Long Island Jig *
  • Oft In the Stilly Night
  • Paddy’s Leather Breeches *
  • The Banjo Breakdown

Reels

  • Back of the Moon †
  • Barney’s Balmoral †
  • Circassian Circle *
  • Colonel MacLeod †
  • Dancing Feet †
  • Hollerin For Haggis *
  • Itchy Fingers
  • Kate Dalrymple *
  • Pigeon on the Gate †
  • The Ale is Dear †
  • The Challenger †
  • The Fairy Dance †
  • The Mason’s Apron *

Strathspeys

  • Captain Colin Campbell †
  • Molly Connell *
  • O’er the Bows to Ballindalloch *
  • Orange & Blue
  • The Marquis of Huntly’s Highland Fling †

Non-Traditional

  • Anchors Aweigh
  • Auld Lang Syne (+Harmony)
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love
  • Happy Birthday
  • Main Theme, Game of Thrones (Harmony)
  • Marine Hymn
  • Semper Paratus
  • Sweet Child o’ Mine
  • The Army Goes Rolling Along
  • The Gael
  • The U.S. Air Force
  • Wild Rover

* Down-Tempo
† Learning

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