Tuesday, November 13, 2012

THS Student Plays Bagpipe and Wins Awards



Hundreds of students play musical instruments, but Jack Williamson’s musical instrument makes a very unusual, but recognizable sound.  The 15 year old Topeka High School student plays the bagpipe.  You may have seen Jack leading the procession at the Highland Park High School graduations the past few years.

Jack recently competed in the Balmoral Classic US Junior Solo Bagpiping Competition in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.  Jack placed 3rd overall in the contest.  He was the only bagpiper from the Midwest invited to the competition.  His prize was a new set a bagpipes, a trophy and a scholarship for a week long bagpiper summer workshop.

Jack has been playing the Great Highland Bagpipe for five years and has competed on the solo contest circuit for three years.  He is a member of the Kansas City St. Andrew Pipes and Drums.