Bagpipes for your Wedding
Nick Classen
Capital City Highlanders Pipe Band
6407 Cerro Cove, Austin, Texas 78731
Telephone: 512-346-3123    FAX: 512-346-1303

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Nick Classen, Piper Major

                    Highlights of Nick Classen's piping career:
  Performed for four Texas Governors (Connelly, Smith, White, Clements)
  Played for the grand openings in Austin of Hancock Center (1964) and Highland Mall (1973)
  Participated in the opening day ceremony for HemisFair/Texas in 1968
  Performed at the Governor's Mansion in 1985 where Governor Mark White  
   honored and entertained publisher                                
  Malcolm Forbes and other guests  including Lady Bird Johnson, Ross Perot, George
   Kozmetsky, and Dr. Red Duke
  Piped for Prince Charles' visit to Austin in 1986
  Played for the Governor For A Day ceremony in 1989 honoring Senator (Governor for
   the day) John Leedom           

Piper Major Classen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kansas and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and worked in the engineering programs of agencies of the State of Texas for nearly 40 years before retiring in 2000.

Pipe Major Nick Classen began learning to play the bagpipes in 1961 in Austin, Texas, and has the longest tenure of piping in Austin of any piper in the area.  He has played for well over 2,000 occasions during his years of piping, which include parties, weddings, funerals, parades, civic and social functions, business promotional performances, TV appearances, and special religious ceremonies and church services.

P/M Classen has studied bagpiping under the late, world-famous piper, Seumas MacNeill of Glasgow, Scotland, who was one of the founders of the College of Piping in Glasgow.  He has also studied with a number of other champion pipers in the United States and Canada including Michael Cusack, Robert Worrall, Sandy Jones, Lars Sloan, Roderick MacDonald, Mark Wygent, and Reay MacKay.  He has taught piping for over 20 years in the Austin area, and has competed and won awards in solo piping and pipe band competitions at Highland Games in Texas, Connecticut, and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

P/M Classen was one of the founders of the Southwest Piping and Drumming Association in 1970, which was the first effort to organize pipers and drummers in Texas and Oklahoma.  He is currently a member of the Southwest Section of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association.  He was a member of the Houston Highlanders, Alamo City Highlanders (San Antonio), and Austin Highlanders Pipe Bands before the formation of the Capitol City Highlanders Pipe Band (CCHPB) in 1981.  With the exception of a two-year period, he has been Pipe Major of the CCHPB since its beginning.




Nick Classen, Piper Major