Michigan Bagpipers

The Five Pipers (brothers - Marty, Scott, Tyge, Clifford, Dean) and One Highland Dancer (sister - Laura) were introduced to the world of highland piping and dancing by Scottish immigrants and family friends Donald and Jock MacLellan.

They all began taking bagpipe or dancing lessons from several local instructors at the ripe old age of 8 and attended numerous Scottish performing arts schools where they had received personal tutoring from Scotland's leading pipers of the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming. Capt. John A. MacLellan MBE, PM John MacKenzie, Ian, John MacFadyen and Seamus MacNeil. The brothers also had the honor of meeting Alex Duthart and JL MacKenzie at these events.

Preforming at the Highland Competitions where some of the most memorable achievements. The brothers placed 1st in many of the USA and Canada competitions. The first and second oldest brothers (Marty and Scott) took 1st and 3rd place respectively in the North American solo bagpipe competition held at Maxville Canada.

The brothers had the honor of performing Amazing Grace with singer Andy Williams on his world tour. Since then, the brothers have composed music, created CDs - Caber-Records, made songs available on iTunes (Search for Cawthon) and have had the honor of performing for thousands of people including President Ford, Four Star Generals, various Sentors, Disney events and other dignitaries.

The Tradition Continues

After more than 10 years of successfully competing and participating in the Celtic arts, we are pleased and honor to announce the next generation of "Cawthon" Highland Bagpipers and Dancers.

We are all very proud of Emily's, William's, and Maura's accomplishments and know they will take great pride in carrying on the Celtic "traditions" through their performances.

Examples of some of our past performances:
Disney World
Stanford University
Television in Tokyo, Japan
U.S. Naval Academy
University of Phoenix
Korean War Memorial Services
Vietnam War Memorial Services
American Cancer Society
Lakes Area School of Highland Dance
Yarger and Leemaster Reunion
Scientic Solution - Labmaster

Honesty and Square Dealing
Honesty and square dealing will always pay a handsome profit. The rule will not succeed every time, but the day of reward will surely come. The man who does business upon foundation of honesty and square dealing, in the long run enjoys the best and most profitable prosperity. Honesty is the best interest bearing investment that man can make.

From Scottish Dictionary - 1885 edition

More links about the brothers

Piping farwell to friends at work
Last Contra Dance at Lovett Hall

More Information about Highlandpiping
Information about Karen Cawthon Ovarian Cancer