Doug Cals
Bagpipes For All Occasions

  Doug began his musical career as a drummer, following in his fathers footsteps.  He joined his 1st pipe band, The Granite State Highlanders (Dover, NH), as a snare drummer but soon began studying pipes.  He later joined the Worcester Kiltie Pipe Band (Worcester, MA), competing with their Junior Band in both the U.S. and Canada.

Doug returned to piping & drumming in 1987 after serving in the USMC.  He focused on solo-piping and competed successfully up and down the East Coast.  Reconnecting with old friends led to the creation of The FTITCTAJ Pipe Band, later re-named Seapoint Pipes and Drums, which Doug headed as Pipe Major.  During this time, Doug continued solo-piping, began teaching piping and performed for local events, weddings and services.

In 1996 Doug joined the Boston Pipers Society, a select group of New England pipers dedicated to quality piping.  The Society performed throughout the Northeast including recording and performing with The Boston Pops on the Celtic Album.  In 1997 the Boston Pipers Society joined the Worcester Kiltie Pipe Band, successfully competing as a Grade II Pipe Band until 2001.

While taking some time to focus on family - Evan (12 ) and Julia (5 ) - Doug continued to perform throughout New England at weddings, funerals, parties and  promotional events.  He also worked on some fun projects, combining bagpipes with African drumming and other non-traditional instruments. 

2008 presented Doug with the opportunity to play and compete with the Stuart Highland Pipe Band (Wilmington, MA).  The band enjoyed a successful year and looks forward to a full competition schedule in 2009. 

2009 and 2010 indeed proved to be successful years for the Stuart Highlanders.  The band fared well in U.S. competition and finished 2nd at the North American Championships in Maxville, Ontario.

2011 brought another 2nd place finish at the North American Championships and an exciting 5th place at the World Pipe Band Championship held in Glasgow, Scotland.





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