Katie Rose was born into a musical family and started studying classical flute at age 10. Two years later, when presented the chance to join a youth bagpipe band in her native Massachusetts, USA, she jumped at the opportunity. A few years later, Katie would be leading the band, the Colonial Pipers of Boston, as pipe major.
University studies and international travel forced a hiatus in Katie’s piping career, although when she returned to the States, her first graduate school stipend cheque went towards the real essentials – not food or rent, but reacquiring a set of bagpipes. She became involved with the Montreal Piping and Drumming School in 2014, and was an active member of the Montreal Pipes and Drums for their 2015-2016 competition season. Katie teaches private lessons and performs solo piping gigs on occasion.
Katie’s love for traditional music and dance runs deep, and when not piping, can be found at the many Montreal Irish music sessions with her wooden flute or tin whistle (or on rare occasion, Irish uilleann bagpipes), and at traditional dance events throughout the area. She has been serving as an administrator of the MPDS since 2017.