St. Edmund's Pipes & Drums

"All the people came up after him, and the people piped with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth rent with the sound of them." (1 Kings 1:40)

Historical Development

The Mystic Pipes & Drums was founded in May 2019 by experienced local musicians who wanted to become more than a street band (i.e., just performing in parades). Fr. Tom became acquainted with their president, John Mauritz, and began taking bagpipe lessons as well as introducing some of the young men in our recovery program to the pipes.


Early in the pandemic, the band began to rehearse outside at Enders Island and a new tradition was born. The group joined forces with Enders Island, was renamed as the St. Edmund's Pipes and Drums, and the instruction of pipers and drummers was formally incorporated into our Sacred Art Institute.

Pipes & Drums as a Sacred Art


The Oxford History of Music traces the first bagpipe to the Middle East, during King David’s reign over the Kingdom of Israel and Judah. The “pipe” is one of the several instruments mentioned in various contexts throughout the Old Testament and it is used in the context of a full range of human emotion, from joy to mourning.  When Solomon was anointed King of Israel, “all the people came up after him, and the people piped with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth rent with the sound of them” (1 Kings 1:40).

While deeply embedded in the Old Testament, in modern times bagpipes are associated most closely with Scotland, where they first arrived in the 14th Century. Soon after, they began to put down deep roots on the battlefield.

Sacred music, including the bagpipes, is useful in a no less real form of battle - that is, spiritual battle. In all its forms sacred music feeds our souls and steels us for the daily battles we must fight on this side of resurrection. Click the button to download a full length essay which can help you learn more about the role of the pipes in sacred music.

Upcoming Events


In early 2021, the St. Edmund’s Pipes & Drums has two exciting events scheduled, with more to come as the year unfolds.

Inaugural Burns Night
Sat, Jan 30
St. Edmund's Retreat
Jan 30, 2021, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
St. Edmund's Retreat, 1 Enders Island, Mystic, CT 06355, USA
Join us for a traditional Scottish Burns Night, filled with food, whiskey & poetry—all preceded by a concert featuring the St. Edmund's Pipes & Drums.
Piping & Drumming Workshop
Sat, Apr 17
Enders Island
Apr 17, 2021, 9:00 AM EDT – Apr 18, 2021, 1:00 PM EDT
Enders Island, 1 Enders Island, Mystic, CT 06355, USA
Register below to be placed on our email list for more details early in 2021! The annual CT Piping and Drumming Workshop will be held for the very first time on Enders Island as part of the Sacred Art Institute.
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Monday - Friday

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

(Closed Noon to 12:45 pm)


1 Enders Island
PO Box 399
Mystic, CT 06355

Home to the Southeastern Connecticut Office of the

Phone: (860) 536-0565

Fax: (860) 572-7655


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