I had a great time playing bagpipes with the Corona Del Mar High School jazz rhythm section at our annual Jazz Café.
We played Chuck Mangione’s “Feels So Good.” The kids and I just had two rehearsals. They learned the tune from a lead sheet and videos. I think they did a great job and it was fun to work with them.
Several people commented that they had never heard bagpipes played with other instruments, and were surprised how good they sounded together.
The first time I heard bagpipes with other instruments was on a recording of Pervertimento for Bagpipes, Bicycle and Balloons S. 66 by P.D.Q. Bach (Peter Schickele). If you have not heard this comedy classic, you must take a few minutes and listen to the recording on the Peter Schickele YouTube channel, This is a re-release of the 1966 album: https://youtu.be/RjqW3ec5_Nk