About APNA

Incorporated in 2011, Alternative Pipers of North America, Inc. ceased to exist as a non-profit organization in November 2017.  The founders hope that this website, or at least the more important information contained in it, will continue to be available to the piping community.  To that end, APNA has transferred its remaining assets to the Pipers’ Gathering, Inc. a sister organization that continues to promote alternative forms of bagpiping.

Glenn Dreyer, President

Alternative means avant-garde, innovative, social as opposed to competitive, creative, playing for pleasure rather than sport, performance as a gift rather than a feat, thoughtful, open minded, emphasis on the commonwealth as opposed to the hierarchy.


APNA serves as a clearinghouse and source of information for and about bagpipers and bagpipes in North America. We are particularly focused on reaching those pipers playing other than Great Highland Bagpipes, both bellows and mouth blown, AND pipers who are interested in using the GHB in ways that do not necessarily conform to current solo and band playing standards.


Publish, in electronic form, a variety of articles pertaining to bagpipe music, instruments and playing techniques with an emphasis on alternative piping and pipes in North America.

Objectives for the Publication

  • articles/reviews on types of music and musical technique
  • calendar of bagpipe performances and workshops in NA
  • reviews of  live bagpipe performances in NA
  • notification/reviews of recorded bagpipe music
  • notification/reviews of newly published bagpipe music
  • articles on/interviews with bagpipe makers in NA
  • notification/reviews of books and articles pertaining to alternative piping
  • interviews with interesting bagpipers
  • Links to related makers, players and organizations

APNA, Inc.

APNA became a non-profit corporation based in Connecticut, USA in June 2011. In August of 2013 the US IRS granted our request to be designated as a 501-C-3 non-profit charitable organization, thus contributions can be deducted from US income taxes.

The current Board of Directors is:

Glenn Dreyer, President, Editor

John Dally, Vice President, Secretary, West Coast Musical Adviser

Michael Simone, Treasurer

Barry Shears, Director, East Coast Musical Adviser

Bill Wakefield, Director

Nate Banton, Founding Director Emeritus

We are a small group of folks right now, just getting the ball rolling.  We need more articles, suggestions for articles, interviews, tune transcriptions, event details (for the calender), photos, or anything related to alternative piping in North America.  You are APNA, so come be heard!

If you would like to suggest or write an article, or otherwise help APNA, please contact Glenn Dreyer: glenndreyer53(at)gmail.com

May 2013, updated October 2015

  • John Dally May 3, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    This looks great. Thanks for putting this together Nate and Glenn.

  • Allan Walker July 12, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    This is great. We’ve needed something like this on this side of the Atlantic.
    Looking forward to more.

  • John Armstrong January 14, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    I’m glad to have found you. I’ve just started playing around with a small set of practice pipes and am interested in what I refer to as folk piping from the borderlands, Lithuania, Sweden, etc.