One-of-a-kind music class: bagpipes

Anne Barneson, Eddie Henry and Michael Mora perform at the Queen Mary.

Courtesy Michael Mora

Anne Barneson, Eddie Henry and Michael Mora perform at the Queen Mary.


If you happen to be on campus on a Saturday morning this summer and hear what sounds like a chorus of howling cats, you’re wrong. The sound you hear is coming from a Scottish bagpipe class being offerred through the Community Education Program.

The class meets on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon in Burnight Center Room 53 (directly behind the theatre).

For a one-time $75 fee you receive seven weeks of instruction, a textbook and a “learner” bagpipe.

Instructor and professional musician, Michael Mora, says many of his former students have excelled and progressed to a proficient level. Mora’s band, “The All American Celtic (pronounced Keltic) Highlanders,” have performed at various Scottish festivals in the area.

First-time student, Sunny Hills High School junior, Denise Christie, spent more than a year looking for this type of a class in her area.

“I’m half Scottish and have always wanted to perform in a Scottish festival” Christie remarked.

Because the class encourages students to continue to improve Cerritos College student K.L. Lazor has returned for the third year in a row. She expressed her ultimate goal was “to be a part of [Mora’s] band.”

Instruction will cover five tunes including “Amazing Grace.” Students will also learn more of Celtic music and history.

The sound created from the bagpipe comes from the process of pushing air out of the bagpipe and finger-placement.

The class is open to new students of all levels looking to learn how to play this unique instrument. It is the only class of its type offered within the Los Angeles area. For more information please call (562) 860-2451 ext. 2521 or visit www.cerritos.edu/ce.