The famed piper Matt Pantaleoni — Sunday, Oct. 27

On Sunday, Oct. 27, Matt Pantaleoni, one of the top pipers in the United States will offer his musical talent as part of the traditional worship service in this month’s Music in a Great Place.

In addition to competing at the highest level across North America, Matt is one of a handful of American pipers who travel to Scotland each summer to compete against the world’s top players.

He began taking piping lessons in 1997 with Bill Henry of the old St. Louis Inveraan Pipe Band and soon progressed on the pipes. He then began attending the Balmoral Schools of Piping and Drumming in his summers where he was able to meet and study with some of the world’s top pipers.

After graduating from the University of Chicago in 2003, Matt moved back to St. Louis and is now a full-time musician and music teacher offering private lessons on the pipes. In January 2008, Matt became a lecturer in music at the Missouri University of Science and Technology and is now starting a pipe band at the university.

After a successful run in the top amateur solo competitions in North America, including back to back wins at the U.S. Piping Foundation amateur championship in 2001 and 2002, Matt was upgraded to the Professional competition-grade in the U.S. in 2003 and currently competes in the ‘B’ Grade light music and Silver Medal “piobaireachd” (the classical music of the Great Highland Bagpipe) competitions at two premier Scottish solo competitions each year that draw the top pipers from around the world.

He has won numerous prizes and awards both in North America and in Scotland.

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