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Why the Piper's Dojo Exists

Why the Piper's Dojo Exists


Today, I thought I'd take a second to introduce the Dojo, and what we're all about.

09AndrewDouglasWhen I was a kid learning how to play the pipes, all of the right stuff was lined up for me. I was lucky enough to have a super good teacher (and technician!) in my father, and he taught me great fundamentals right from the get-go. He knew Jim Clough from "back in the day," and so we went to play with his band in Rome NY (the famous Mohawk Valley Frasers pipe band). Not only did Jim Clough have his own piping shop to help use get the supplies we needed, but he also knew Donald Lindsay, who worked regularly with the band, and soon I became his student.

In the summers, I went to Donald's world-renown piping school called "Invermark," where famous pipers like Angus McColl, Alasdair and Norman Gillies, Jim McGillivray, and Jack Lee regularly taught. Here I developed great relationships that helped me become the piper that I am. There's way more to this story, but I won't take too much of your time.

Anyhow - the point I'm trying to make is - I attribute my piping success largely to luck of the draw. While there are some piping hotbeds out there, most of the world does not have access to great piping educations (like I was fortunate enough to have), and on top of that, most of us do not have access to an adequate bagpipe shop, that can give great advice, on demand, whenever the need arises to upgrade reeds or equipment.

I've never believed that there is a good reason that this needs to be the case. Technology, innovation, and a passion for music should be enough to help every piper in the world get the education and supplies they need to be successful... And thus, the concept of the Dojo was born; to help everyone make the Bagpipe an Extension of their Self.

Now, in just a few short years, we are operating a bagpipe school that exists on your computer screen, called Dojo University. On top of that, we operate an online bagpipe shop that provides the best customer service and follow-through we can possibly conceive of - so you can get the stuff you need, NOT get the stuff you DON'T need, and be supported throughout your lifetime's pursuit of bagpipe music making.

Check out some of these links to see what the Dojo might be able to offer you!

----->Click here to shop at PipersDojo.com, and experience the best customer service in the industry
----->Click here to get up to $50 off your first PipersDojo.com order
----->Click here to explore Dojo Univesity - our online bagpipe school


Andrew Douglas Andrew is a prolific practitioner of the bagpipe, having been active at the highest level of pipe bands, solo competition, teaching, and creative endeavors for the past 20 years. He's also the founder and creator of Dojo U and of PipersDojo.com


  1. I'm delighted to see the Dojo, and to hear Donald Lindsay's name! I attended several Balmoral Piping Schools in Edinboro, PA, and received instruction, encouragement and inspiration from Donald, Jimmy McIntosh Michael Cusack, and others. Sadly, serious piping and I parted ways after I had a couple of heart attacks which literally took the wind out of my sails. But I still get the pipes out of the box every now and then; although I've forgotten a lot of my old competition tunes, I still remember my gracenotes, doublings, throws, taoruaths, grips, etc., and I still finger the occasional crunluath a-mach on my pen at the office. It was a very big part of my life. Thank you for this website!