Lucas E. Mitsch has been playing the bagpipes for eight years for many events in the greater Philadelphia, Chester County, and surrounding areas. These include weddings, funerals, fund raisers, private concerts, formal dinners, church services/programs, community service programs, and commencements.
In addition to his numerous solo performances, he has been an active member of the Washington Memorial Pipe Band since 2004. Lucas is the practice chanter instructor for all beginning students and also serves as the Grade V pipe major.
Lucas's teaching information on the Washington Memorial Pipe Band Website:
Lucas also holds his Level 3 Certificate in piping from the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board.
In addition to the Great Highland Bagpipes, Lucas plays the Highland Musette, Scottish Border Bagpipes, Hurdy Gurdy, Bodhran, Guitar, Strumstick, Pennywhistle, Autoharp, and the Bowed Psaltery.
Lucas leading performers from the Washington Memorial Pipe Band, 2011 Celtic Fling at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.
The Hill School Graduation Ceremony, 2008
Lucas the lone piper leads the procession!
Spring 2011: Talent Show Victory
"An obvious crowd favorite was first-year Lucas Mitsch, who played the bagpipes with breathtaking finesse. Mitsch entertained the audience, which could not resist clapping along, with traditional bagpipe tunes as well as Celtic-sounding versions of the Mexican Hat Dance and "You Are My Sunshine."
Summer 2011: Brigadoon Review
"Performers that stand out are many, so I will just mention a few, starting with the bagpiper, Lucas Mitsch. He adds an immense amount of stirring emotion to Brigadoon. Beginning with the clan march to the wedding (which is done extremely well), Mitsch is there in key scenes. He is simply marvelous."
Photos from impromptu performances:
Lucas playing the bodhran with "The Colonials" at O'Neil's Pub in Dublin, Ireland. (2011)
Lucas playing a Hungarian hurdy gurdy at the PA Renaissance Faire 2011
Playing a set of German medieval bagpipes
Playing the legendary "Green Man" medieval bagpipe!
Performance at Folk College 2011 with the assembled Scottish band
Playing a Gaita (a Spanish bagpipe) at the Piper's Gathering 2010: