With over 13 years of bagpiping experience, Timothy Burke has had many grand opportunities to perform at several different venues across the western United States. He is a professional grade musician, bagpipe music mentor, and former executive band leader of the James J. Coyne Memorial Pipe band. Tim has earned many awards in the Scottish community, and has established himself as one of the top pipers in Southern California.
Mr. Burke's piping career began in 2003, when he began attending Glendora High School. Having been a musician since the age of 10, Tim immediately joined the award winning Glendora Tartan Band and Pageantry. Tim quickly became a competitive musician shortly after picking up his first set of bagpipes. In his last two years at Glendora, Tim had the honor of holding a leadership position, helping guide the band to many more prizes and good ranks. He then graduated in 2007.
After graduating high school, Tim joined the Pasadena Scots Pipe Band, in its inaugural year competing, helping them earn Champion Supreme honors over many other bands in the WUSPBA branch (Western United States Pipe Band Association) that same year! Seeking more of a musical challenge, he left Pasadena's organization in late 2007 and became a member of the James J. Coyne Memorial Pipe Band. There, he had the exciting chance to learn from one of the best in the piping community, Seumas Coyne. Tim has developed greatly as a player from the lessons taught to him by Seumas and has benefited immensely from thereon. Having been a member since, Tim has been able to climb up the ranks, having become a top corps player in the band. Following the close of the 2010 competition season, Tim had the fantastic offer of becoming the band's Pipe Major! He gratefully accepted and led the band to new heights in 2011. Along with musical performances, he also mentors those who have an interest in the bagpipes, as well as instructing competitive pipe bands around the western United States.
As a performer, Tim has played at many occasions, such as: Weddings, Receptions, Funerals, Infomercials, Parties, Church Ceremonies, Graduations, Golf Tournaments, along with various other events.
Not only are you provided the option of a solo piper, you may also choose from the following: Piper/Drummer Duet, Quartet (Two Pipers/Two Drummers), or a full band!
Timothy Burke's past accomplishments include:
Participating in the 2004 and 2005 Hollywood Christmas Parade (GTB&P)
2008-2010 WUSPBA Grade 2 Band Champion (James J. Coyne Memorial Pipe Band)
Top 3 competitors at the 2004 Queen Mary Scottish Festival (Solo Piping)
Second place overall at the 2007 Queen Mary Scottish Festival (Solo Piping)
First place at the 2009 San Diego Highland Games (Solo Piping)
Third place at the 2011 Alaska Scottish Festival (Solo Piping)
Pipe Major of the James J. Coyne Memorial Pipe Band (2011)
2nd place in Pro level competition at the 2014 Alaska Scottish Festival