Bruce Cotter has
been a piper since 1983. He began playing with the Prince Charles
Junior Pipe Band of San Francisco before joining the Los Angeles
Police Pipe Band and is currently a member of the Alameda County
Sheriff's Pipe Band. Through the Barmoral School of Piping and
Drumming Programs, Bruce has studied with world-renowned piper
James McIntosh of Carnegie Mellon University and Pipe Major Ian
McLellan of the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band, Glasgow.
He is a professional
piper who has competed in numerous Highland Games on the west
coast: Pleasanton, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle and Reno. He
has also competed in Utah and Colorado. In 1991 he traveled to
Canada and Scotland with the Prince Charles Pipe Band, winning
international awards. He then competed in 1999 with the Alameda
County Sheriff's Pipe Band in Ireland and Scotland.
his own band, MANTIS, releasing EMERGENCE, his first CD in 1998,
and followed up with MYSTIC in 2004. MANTIS creates the Celtic
spirit with its beautiful and joyful original arrangements of
traditional tunes using a wide variety of stringed and wind
instruments to accompany the pipes. MANTIS entertains in many
restaurants and pubs in the southern San Francisco Bay Area,
and is available anywhere a piper is needed.
Bruce has performed
for many special occasions in the San Francisco Bay Area. These
events include weddings, Scottish and holiday celebrations of
every kind, birthday and retirement parties, country club golf
tournaments, fundraisers, memorial services, corporation functions,
store openings, parades, Rotary and school presentations, and
church services. His musical selections range from Scotland the
Brave and Amazing Grace to traditional lively jigs, reels, marches
and strathspeys as well as to contemporary Scottish arrangements.
Bruce also teaches
piping to children and adults and was a director and teacher of
the Alameda County Sheriff's Youth Band. He is guest performer
for several San Francisco Bay Area bands such as the Chieftains
and records for other artists...as well a performing in an attraction
for a 16 day tour in Legoland.
He performs in full
uniform wearing the MacKenzie or Royal Stewart tartan