Piping Hot! Tales of a Wandering Bagpiper
Susan Planck: Expert Bagpiper and World Traveler
Join the zany adventures and crazy gigs of Susan Hadley Planck, master storyteller.
Piping Hot! Book

Susan Planck, author, expert in bagpipesJoin the zany adventures and crazy gigs of Susan Hadley Planck, expert bagpiper and master storyteller, as she mixes the culture of Scottish music with the distinctive cultures of China, Japan, and Chile, all with a twist of humor that ties them together.


Have Bagpipes … Will Travel


What does an aspiring American woman bagpiper who loves to travel have in common? Adventure!

  • What was it like to play bagpipes to Chinese performing the martial art of Tai Chi?
  • Or on the Great Wall of China?
  • The top of Fujiyama in Japan?
  • At the base of Mt. Fitzroy in South America?
  • Or to compete throughout the United States and in Scotland with her band?

Imagine being one of 10,000 pipers marching down from Edinburgh Castle on the Royal Mile for the Millennium parade in the year 2000, and Prince Charles walks onto the competition grounds just as the author’s band began to play in their first Scottish competition.

Peek inside the unique antics of bagpipe bands—the members’ personalities, their peripatetic lifestyles, and maddening struggles to get their bagpipes simply to work. Who are these people anyway and what attracted them to bagpipes in the first place?




There is a primordial sensual texture to bagpipe music, infusing the entire body.


Does the skirl of the bagpipes stir your soul?
Are your Scottish or Irish roots calling to you?
Have you ever wondered what a bagpiper’s life is like?
Do you like unusual travel?

In Piping Hot! Tales of a Wandering Bagpiper, Susan Hadley Planck combines her love of traveling and love of bagpiping delivering a unique, one-of-a-kind, entertaining look into the world of piping.


Videos below:
City of Denver Pipe Band playing at Stirling Castle in Scotland



Susan Hadley Planck is a master storyteller … sharing her stories, people, events and insights from her 15 years bagpiping around the globe for pleasure and in competitions. She is now mastering the Swiss alphorn.

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About Susan Planck

Susan Planck Author and Bagpipe ExpertSusan Planck is as unique as the bagpipe. With her background as an elementary, middle, and high school teacher for 30 years, with more than 30 different subjects under her command, she also captivated children and adults as a bagpipe teacher and climbing school instructor for 15 years.

Attaining a lifelong dream of learning how to play the bagpipes shortly before she turned 40, Susan enjoyed sharing the incredible, strange sounds of the bagpipes during her many travels to foreign countries. She found nirvana combining her two loves, traveling and bagpiping.

Moving to Colorado, she joined the City of Denver Bagpipe Band, an award-winning band that competed throughout the United States and Scotland. She quickly learned that bagpiping would change her life in ways never anticipated, including meeting her husband who was the pipe-major of the band.

Susan resides in Boulder with her husband, Andrew. They now spend their time mastering the Swiss alphorn.


Teaching the highland fling to students in Nepal

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A new, unique book, Piping Hot! Tales of a Wandering Bagpiper
is now available to those people interested in all things Celtic!


Susan Planck playing bagpipesPiper and traveler Susan Hadley Planck weaves together her
sense of adventure with her love of bagpiping.


She relates engaging stories of travel and piping to the top
of Mt. Fuji in Japan, on the Great Wall of China, at the base
of Mt. Fitzroy in South America and marching with 10,000 pipers
through the streets of Edinburgh in the 2000 Millennium parade.
This book is a one-of-a-kind, for those who have intimate experiences with bagpipes,
love the skirl of the bagpipes, have Scottish-Irish roots, or just enjoy interesting travel.
Enjoy reading about her zany adventures mixing different cultures through the world of music.


Susan writes from the perspective as a member of the award-winning
City of Denver Pipe Band for more than 15 years. She gained insights
into the antics of bagpipe bands, competitions, piper personalities,
gigs from participating in “Memphis in May” celebration to Oktoberfest
in Sidney, Nebraska, and opportunities to share her music with lovers
and non-lovers of bagpipes. Humorously written, this book resonates
with bagpipers and bagpipe lovers who relate to the uniqueness of the
bagpiping world.


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