Jerry Finegan
404-314-1739
907 Northwoods Dr.
Cary, NC 27513
jerry@raleighbagpiper.com
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Bagpipe bands that I have played with
Atlanta Pipe Band The Atlanta Pipe Band is a Grade III bagpipe band that I have played with for most of my piping career, except for the four years when I played with the City of Washington Pipe Band, and the two years that I played with the North Carolina State University Pipes & Drums. I was Pipe Major of the Atlanta Pipe Band for four competition seasons (2000 through 2003). Prior to becoming Pipe Major, I served fourteen years as Pipe Sergeant of the band including in 1994 when we were undefeated and won the U.S. Open Pipe Band Championship for Grade III in Alma, Michigan. I was Pipe Major of the band when we recorded our debut CD Phoenix Rising. in 2003

City of Washington Pipe Band The City of Washington Pipe Band is a Grade I bagpipe band from Washington D.C. that I played with for four years (2004-2009), commuting up to D.C. for practice. I competed with them in the World Pipe Band Championships (Grade I) in both 2004 and 2005. In 2004 we did well in the Qualifier and were able to compete in the finals where we placed 14th overall. Our performances can be heard on the following CD's
North Carolina State University Pipes & Drums The NCSU Pipes & Drums is a Grade III bagpipe band from Raleigh, NC whose membership is made up of both students and community members from Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and the surrounding cities. I played with this band from August, 2010 until November 2012, serving as Pipe Major of the Grade III band from May 2011 until mid-2012.


Some other bands that I like
2012 World Pipe Band Championships
2011 World Pipe Band Championships
2010 World Pipe Band Championships
High quality BBC video recordings of the top pipe bands from around the globe competing in the World Championships. This is pipe band music at its finest.

National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland A bagpipe band made up of the talented youth from across Scotland. Alisdair McLaren, a buddy of mine who is originally from Perth, Australia, is the instructor for the band.

ScottishPower Pipe Band Grade I bagpipe band from Glasgow, Scotland led by my friend Pipe Major Chris Armstrong. Two other friends of mine, Derek Midley and Glenn Brown, also play in the band.

Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band Grade I bagpipe band from Northern Ireland and the 2011 World Champions. Has won the World Championships multiple times.

Simon Fraser University Pipe Band Grade I bagpipe band from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and the 2009 World Champions. Has won the World Championships multiple times.

St. Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band Grade I bagpipe band from Eire and the 2010 World Champions led by the wonderful player & composer Pipe Major Terry Tully.

Shotts & Dykehead Pipe Band Grade I bagpipe band from just outside Glasgow, Scotland. Has won the World Championships multiple times.

Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band An "ad hoc" Grade I bagpipe band made up of some of the top bagpipe players and drummers from around the World.

Western Australia Police Pipe Band Grade I bagpipe band from Perth, Western Australia


Bagpipe Organizations
Eastern United States Pipe Band Association  
Pipers and Pipe Band Society of Ontario  
National Piping Centre, Glasgow Scotland  
The College of Piping, Glasgow Scotland  
The Piobaireachd Society, Scotland  

The British Shop


Bagpipe Makers
David Naill & Co. Three of my four sets of Highland Pipes are made by Naill.

John Walsh Bagpipes Ltd. I own two sets of Walsh Shuttlepipes. My first was the two-drone model and the second is the three drone model (which I prefer). Both sets are in maple and are mouthblown.

Hamish and Fin Moore I own two sets of Hamish Moore smallpipes, one of them with a "high B" key which allows the playing of additional tunes because of the extended range. Both sets are bellows blown.

RT Shepherd and Son (Scotland) Ltd.
I own one set of mouthblown Shepherd smallpipes in Bb.

Peter's Pipes
I use Peter's "Adjustable Blowstick" on all my sets of Highland Pipes. I also use his tube watertrap on those pipes of mine with a hide bag.

MacLellan Bagpipes
Roddy MacLellan is a bagpipe maker located in Monroe, NC. He is a fine gentleman and I consider him to be one of the top bagpipe makers in the world. To quote a fellow judge - "I have never heard a bad set of MacLellan pipes". I can echo this sentiment...every set I have ever seen/heard has been of the finest quality.

Bagpipe Reed Makers
JWT Reedmakers (Jamie Troy)

Other Top Quality Bagpipers in North Carolina
Peter Graham McArthur Peter lives outside of Fayetteville, NC and does performances through the Fayetteville/Wilmington area

Photographers (Georgia)
Robin Nelson / Sweetlight Photojournalism
Linda Edmonds / Precious Memories

Catering & Event Planners (Atlanta, Georgia)
For Goodness Cakes
Cuttino Catering
Hatter & Hare Events
Your Special Event

Miscellaneous Links
JerryFinegan.com

Marilyn Wienand, Harpist Available to provide Harp Music for Weddings in Cary, North Carolina and thoughout the Raleigh-Durham Area.

Cunningham Harps Harps of the finest craftsmanship. My wife owns two Bob Cunningham harps and loves them.

Hammerchord.com A truly unique percussive string instrument invented by Bob Cunningham of Atlanta, Georgia.

Bonnie Ridout, Scottish Fiddler Bonnie is an excellent Scottish Fiddler who puts on a phenomenal show. During my tenure with the City of Washington Pipe Band, I had the honor of doing several performances with Bonnie and her band including performances at the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland, as well as performances in Michigan, Arkansas, and Georgia.

Jerry O'Sullivan, Irish Uilleann Bagpiper One of the best Uilleann pipers I know and also a truly fine person. I highly recommend his first solo CD, "The Invasion".


Leading the 1998 Commencement ceremony at Emory University (my Alma Mater). To my right is my good friend Ian Coletti, who was Pipe Major of the Atlanta Pipe Band at the time. Ian and I played together in both the Atlanta Pipe Band and also the City of Washington Pipe Band. Ian is a great bagpipe player and is currently living near Seattle, Washington.


The City of Washington Pipe Band marching into the competition circle at the 2004 North Berwick Highland Games in Scotland. I am on the far side of the band.


Playing for the 2008 Commencement Ceremony for Georgia State University held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. I am the fourth bagpiper from the right - the one with the thin blue streamer laying over my right shoulder.


Here I am at 15 years old playing my bagpipes for the Dr. Hapes Festinval in Hapeville Georgia.