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I started playing the bagpipes at the young age of 11 in Dunedin, FL under the tutelage of Sandy Keith at Dunedin Highland Middle School. I was instantly hooked! My first few years were spent honking away, but I excelled quickly and began competing as a soloist and with bands. In high school, I played for Tampa Bay Pipe Band and continued to hone my piping skills learning from Scottish and Canadian bagpiping masters. 

A bagpipe scholarship took me to the College of Wooster, a liberal arts school near Cleveland, OH with a strong Scottish connection. I played countless concerts, publicity events, recruitment dinners, sports games, and private gigs as a representative of the college, gaining experience as a professional musician while I earned my Neuroscience degree. I had the honor of leading the band as the College of Wooster Pipe Major during my senior year, and was selected as one of only 20 pipers to compete in the Balmoral Classic US Junior Solo Bagpiping Championships. I am now a Grade 2 player, with a goal of becoming Open Professional within the next few years. I also play the piano, guitar, electric bass, sing, and compose my own music.  

 Today, I have played hundreds of gigs and I love to share the art of bagpiping with the world.  I look forward to bringing my musical passion to your event.    


Yours in piping,

Gemma Briggs 

I'm not just a piper...

I'm a lifelong musician 

 I play the Bagpipes, Piano, Guitar, Electric Bass, Sing, and write my own music!


I am also currently recording my first solo album 

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Past Performances and Clients


2021 Long's Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival, with North of Argyll 

2021 Virginia Highland Games, with North of Argyll 

2021 Scotland Country Highland Games, with North of Argyll 

2021 Arkansas Scottish Festival, with North of Argyll

Guest Artist 2022 Mt. Dora Celtic Festival, with Celtica Nova

Past Clients and Venues 

Avila Golf and Country Club 

The Patio Longue, Tampa

Big Storm Brewing 

Sereneity Meadows Memorial Gardens

MacDinton's Irish Pub Tampa 

Countryside Country Club 

Curlew Hills Memorial Gardens 

The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota

The Longboat Key Club

Loyless Funeral Homes 

Sarah Bay Country Club 

Laurel Oaks Country Club 

The Ryan Nece Foundation 

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

University of South Florida Tampa

Tunnels to Towers Foundation

Westchase Golf Club

St. Petersburg Country Club

Innisbrook Golf Club 

Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell

Sarasota National Cemetery

Bay Pines National Cemetery 

University of Florida 

Lanky Lassie's Shortbread, Dade City 

To set up a gig, please contact me at (727) 400-8585 or for a free consultation 

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