Project Description

Instructor: Dan Wilson

Dates: Mondays, January 6 – April 27, 2020


Beginner: 6pm – 7pm

Intermediate A: 7pm – 8pm

Intermediate B: 8pm – 9pm

Fee:  $35 members / $40 non-members

Additional Expense: For new students, about $100 for a chanter & book. (Instructor can supply info on where to purchase).


UNG Classroom
School Street Studios Building, OCAF Art Center
34 School Street, Watkinsville, GA 30677


Beginner Class: Class is designed for teaching the basics of playing the bagpipes. Students will need to bring a Dunbar regular size, plastic practice chanter with a Walsh reed and the bagpipe tutor by Seumas NacNeil, commonly known as the “green book”, (noted above) to the first class. DO NOT BUY BAGPIPES AT THIS TIME! The practice chanter is all that is needed to learn the various finger movements and tunes for playing the bagpipes.

Intermediate Class A: Class is for students who have completed the Beginning Class or are able to read music and are working on embellishments & basic tunes on the practice chanter.

Intermediate Class B: Class is for students who have completed the Beginning and the Intermediate Classes.  Students know how to read music, have a knowledge of embellishments, are proficient in the basic tunes on the practice chanter and are ready to play, or currently play, the bagpipes.


Dan Wilson started playing bagpipes with the “D” Company Buffalo City Guard Gordon Highlanders in Buffalo, New York.  He played with the Virginia Highlands Pipes and Drums in Roanoke, Virginia and was Pipe Major of the Abingdon Highlanders Pipes and Drums, a Grade V competition band in Abingdon, Virginia.  He played five years with the North Atlanta Pipes and Drums. He currently plays with the John Mohr Macintosh Pipes and Drums and the United States Coast Guard Pipes and Drums.  Dan played the small pipes in the play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, with the Athens Town & Gown Players and the musical Brigadoon in the Barter Theater in Abingdon, VA. He plays the bagpipes for special events in and around Athens.  Dan is Pipe Major of the Thistle and Kudzu Pipes and Drums.