Bagpiper to perform in Brownwood

Special to the Bulletin

The last concert of the season for the Brownwood Community Concert Association will be Thursday, March 6, at Victory Life Church Auditorium.

The artist is Patrick Regan, bagpiper. The doors will open at 6:30 and the concert begins at 7:30.

Information will also be available to sign up for the 2014-2015 Concert Season membership series. For current members, there is a $5.00 Early Bird discount. For new members signing up at the table before the concert Thursday night, this concert will be free in addition to the Early Bird discount.

Regan's concert will have two halves of approximately 45 minutes each. , depending on how long the audience stays awake.  Music will include "Scotland The Brave" and "Amazing Grace," plus some fun, toe-tapping, hand-clapping Irish jigs.

Interspersed between the selections will be plenty of  humorous, clean stories about the Irish, the Scots, the English and even the Texans.  

For more than 40 years, Regan has performed, competed and instructed in the ways of the Great Highland bagpipe. He won his first  professional competition at age 15.

A native of Texas, Regan is the first graduate of the Bagpipe degree program at Carnegie Mellon University, the first degree of its kind in the world. Holding a bachelor of fine arts in music performance (bagpipe), he has minors in conducting and drama. Regan holds a master of arts degree in adult education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and is completing his dissertation at Durham University in England.

In addition to performing locally and abroad, Regan has taught hundreds of students and dozens of teachers over the years. He serves as the bagpiping instructor and director of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Pipe Band.

Regan lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Stacey, and their four children.  

On Friday, March 7, Regan will hold an educational outreach about the Great Highland Bagpipe for the students of Victory Life Academy and all home-schooled students in the area.  This is free to the students and will be in the Victory Life Church auditorium starting at 10 a.m.  

The 2014-2015 Concert Season will have four concerts:

Thursday, Sept. 11 – Texas Gypsies: Swing and Jazz of 30’s and 40’s.

Thursday, Nov. 6 – The Singing Girls of Texas: girls choir singing all types of music.

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 — Bronn Journey: Harpist  of unusual talent bringing the harp alive with all types of music.

Thursday, March 5 — Craig Toungate brings our Texas history and heritage alive with music, stories and visuals.