March 17th, 2002
A Piper's Story on St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick’s Day is not just a day to celebrate Irish heritage. As a bagpiper, St. Patrick’s Day explodes into an entire month of joining together with other pipers, playing parades and parties, and being in the center of cheering crowds. Every weekend brings us to a new town and new people, but always to the same big party.
For most people, pipers appear briefly in March, hang around for a few pints, and then disappear. Our days of celebrating our heritage are limited, like our days of celebrating our faith. Occasionally pipers return, to our weddings and funerals, but where are they in the “off season”? As powerful as this music is, you’d think we’d be heard more often!