Catherine Pearce, The Irish Hills Piper, is a professional piper from Machias, Maine with over 25 years professional experience playing the bagpipes. Her broad experience includes weddings, parties, festivals, funerals and military, firefighter and police ceremonies and memorials at sea. Catherine began her training on the Great Highland Bagpipes at age eight studying under renowned instructor Pipe Major Sandy Jones. She has followed her passion by competing regularly. For the past fifteen years she has been an instructor preparing the next generation of pipers to share in the dignity and joy of the Great Highland Bagpipes. Many of Catherine’s students have won medals in solo competitions.