The Elliott Bay Pipe Band of Seattle is a highland bagpipe and drum band that performs traditional and contemporary Celtic music. The band is deeply committed to achieving the highest possible level of musicianship. Pursuing this goal requires a focused commitment from all of our members. At the same time, we strive to balance work, families, and having fun. Under the musical leadership of Pipe Major Tyrone Heade, Elliott Bay draws adult and youth musicians from all over the greater Puget Sound region.
Elliott Bay’s typical event schedule is very diverse. In addition to competing at highland games, we perform year-round at events ranging from outdoor festivals and concerts to private ceremonies. The band has also appeared as an opening act for Celtic, rock and grunge bands.
Founded in 1992, the Elliott Bay Pipe Band is singularly focused on promoting and celebrating the music of the Great Highland Bagpipe. Anyone with an interest in bagpipes or drums is welcome to join, regardless of experience level.
In addition to our commitment to playing great music, we are equally committed to having fun and creating a friendly and productive learning environment. Elliott Bay prides itself on being a team-oriented organization. The group is comprised of musicians with diverse backgrounds and skill levels. The band’s roster since its inception has included a range of abilities from open class players to beginners. This is unusual for a pipe band.
The band has thrived over the years in large part because of its members’ common goal of becoming skilled musicians. But much of Elliott Bay’s success as an organization is a result of the mutual respect members have for each other and an appreciation for the contributions made by each individual.
With the goal of producing a quality musical ensemble, Rod Weeks formed the Elliott Bay Pipers in 1992 with nine of his piping students, none of whom belonged to existing pipe bands. Later that same year, drummers were added to the mix, and a pipe band was born! The band took to the highland games circuit in 1993, and has been a consistent competitor at Pacific Northwest contests ever since.
The band has traveled twice to Scotland to compete in the World Pipe Band Championships, in Glasgow. While in Scotland, we had the honor of playing at the Perth Highland Games, Bridge of Allan Games, Boydfield Gardens in Prestwick and at Culzean Castle. More recently, the band enjoyed performing as openers for Celtic rock bands, at corporate events, and for Scottish heritage gatherings like Burns Night celebrations.