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About Jori

Jori Chisholm has emerged as one of the world's premier professional pipers.  Jori has made his mark on the international competitive piping scene winning top prizes, including the first-ever United States Gold Medal Piping Championship, the Royal Scottish Pipers' Society Bronze Star for First Place in the 'A' Marches at the Argyllshire Gathering in Oban, and Runner-Up in the Silver Medal Piobaireachd at the Northern Meeting in Inverness -- all on his first attempt.  Jori is a three-time United States Gold Medal Champion and a regular winner of top competitions in North America and Scotland. In 2010, Jori won the Best Overall Open 'A' Piper and the 'A' Piobaireachd (for the second time) at the Cowal Highland Gathering, the largest Highland Games in the World. 

Jori is a member of the world-famous Simon Fraser University Pipe Band, and played with the band when they won the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland in 2001 and 2008. Jori has appeared on numerous recordings as a soloist and pipe band member, including a live concert recordings at the Sydney Opera House and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Jori has performed with many notable musicians, including sold-out concerts with the Irish supergroup The Chieftains and legendary ex-Grateful Dead rocker Bob Weir and RatDog.

His long-anticipated solo album, Bagpipe Revolution, was released in 2008 to rave reviews and an Album of the Year nomination by PipesDrums magazine.

A native of Lake Oswego, Oregon, Jori started piping at age 11 with instruction from Colin MacKenzie.  Jori credits Colin for instilling in him a deep passion for the pipes, and particularly for Piobaireachd -- the classical music of the Highland bagpipe.  Jori found early success on the competition scene, winning the Most Promising Amateur Piper prize at the B.C. Pipers Annual Gathering two years in a row.

Jori graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Psychology with Phi Beta Kappa Honors, where he studied learning, the psychology of music, and performance psychology.  He teaches piping in Seattle and to students of all ages and skill levels around the world through his pioneering educational website BagpipeLessons.com. 

In 2003, Jori was the very first to offer bagpipe lessons via webcam and Skype. In 2006, he created the first-of-its-kind and incredibly popular Tune Lesson Downloads, a complete learning solution to help pipers learn tunes faster than ever before. In 2010, he launched his Video Lesson Downloads with high-quality video demonstrations of all the basics of bagpipe fingering, including the Learn the Pipes Video Series for pipers starting at Day One. 

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