Bagpipers and Drums


"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise." Psalm 98:4 (KJV)

Highpoint Episcopal Community Church ("HECC") is pleased to support the musical arts by providing practice facilities to the members of the John Mohr MacKintosh Pipes and Drums, a performance pipe band that performs all over the Southeastern United States.  Formed in 1977, the band plays its soulful music in the finest Scottish Highland traditions at weddings, funerals, parades, competitions, and other events.  At HECC, we believe that we play a small part in promoting and providing this beautiful music to others.

Members of the band are dedicated to furthering the education and enjoyment of traditional Scottish music and culture.  HECC's own Lisa Van Tassel is a drummer in the band and arranges for the musicians to play their stirring music at HECC on special occasions. 

Case in point: On Palm Sunday, 2017, members of the band and the congregation gathered outside the Church on a beautiful spring day. 

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On cue, the pipers began playing their heartfelt music as they led the members of the congregation into the sanctuary for Church services.  

Pipers march


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HECC Sanctuary with Pipers

Toward the end of the services, the pipers assembled in the courtyard just outside the sanctuary and began playing the stirring hymn, "Amazing Grace."  Played by bagpipes, the deeply profound rendition of this timeless hymn tugged at our members' emotions and brought tears to many eyes. The pipers and drummers were joined by the singing voices of the congregation.  Together, they made "a joyful noise unto the Lord."  Truly, Palm Sunday, 2017 was a day for all to remember at HECC.  Additional photos of the day's events can be found in the "Photos" drop-down tab above.

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For more information about the John Mohr MacKintosh Pipes and Drums, please visit the band's website at

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