I started playing with the Wyoming Pipe and Drum band in the spring of 2005. I had played the flute when I was younger, but the bagpipes are nothing like anything I have ever tried. Luckily, everyone in the band is helpful and forgiving, so slowly but surely I am (hopefully) improving.

Learning to play the bagpipes has been, for me, a lifelong dream. I've always gotten goose bumps whenever I've heard the pipes; I just never thought I'd ever have a chance to learn. That all changed one day when my husband Ed came home from work and said that he had been talking to Dave McElhiney about bagpipes.

Being a part of this band has been one of the most fulfilling things I've done in my life, and I am so very grateful to Dave, Deb and their family for making it all possible. Slainte Mhor to Jeff, who is a fantastic teacher! It is a wonderful thing to learn more about my heritage and also be able to pay tribute to that legacy. Our household is also adapting well to our involvement in the band and the demands from my daughter for me to "go to my room" when I pull out the bagpipes are beginning to cease. It's either that or I just can't hear her when she complains anymore.

May you have -
Walls for the wind
and a roof for the rain,
and drinks beside the fire.
Laughter to cheer you
and those you love near you,
and all that your heart may desire.