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.