Biography of Norval "Sandy" Jones


Sandy Jones
Pipe Major

Sandy Jones began piping at the age of 8 under George Mars of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
      He served with the U.S. Air Force Pipe Band and was Pipe Major of this organization for 8 years. As a member of the pipe band he often performed for Presidents, Heads of State, and dignitaries of foreign nations.
     During his tenure in the Air Force he continued his studies of the bagpipe with Jack Chisolm of Inverness, Scotland and the late John MacFadyen of Glascow, Scotland.

     In 1970, he and John MacFadyen co-founded the North American Academy of Piping which, over the years, has proven to be an excellent source of instruction on the bagpipe.

     Sandy is the author of the tutor 'Beginning the Bagpipe'. He travels throughout North America judging at highland games, conducting workshops, and performing at recitals. He recently retired from The Citadel in Charleston, SC where he taught bagpipes for twenty-five years. Currently he is active with the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and the Charleston Scottish Games.

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