An accomplished bagpipe player with an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in history and economics, J. Kevin Chapman combines his triple passions for:

  • History
  • Bagpipes
  • Public Speaking

Read about Kevin’s invitation to play the bagpipes at Normandy on the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

Bagpipes History Origin

A Distinguished Toastmasters speaker, Kevin has delivered 75+ presentations on the myths and history of the great highland bagpipes. In each, he takes the audience on a journey of one of the oldest instruments still played today. This journey travels through history, beginning with the origin of the bagpipes until modern day.

“I combine my passions for music, history, humor, and public speaking in my presentations.”

J. Kevin Chapman, Bagpiping Chicago

Bagpipes History Presentations

The 1-hour interactive presentation combines humor, live bagpipe music, PowerPoint, and discussion. Kevin can adapt a presentation for your organization and/or play the bagpipes at special events. The program is geared toward groups who are looking for something unique. They are appropriate for: 

  • Libraries
  • Elementary Schools, High Schools, and Colleges
  • Civic Groups
  • Other Audiences

They are especially popular around St. Patrick’s Day (book early as these dates usually go fast). However, discussing music, culture, and history, the presentation is appropriate any time of year.

Bagpipe History

Chapman introduce the rich history of bagpipes, one of the world’s oldest currently played musical instruments. Dressed in full regalia, he gives a stirring demonstration of his piping skills. These interactive presentations include a combination of tunes and historical information:

  • Origin of the bagpipes
  • Construction and styles of bagpipes
  • Regalia including the kilt, hat, belt, and buckle
  • Types of bagpipes

Included is a static display of piping regalia. Plus, tunes are played to give the audience an introduction into piping. Kevin provides an explanation of the uniform worn by pipers. He also includes a question and answers session at the end of the presentation.

Myths and Facts About the Great Highland Bagpipes


Phone: (847) 778-6743