Tress Maksimuk, also known as the Dark Isle Bagpiper, is a professional Musician, Composer, Recording Studio artist and Instructor of the Great Highland Bagpipes.
She began developing her skills on the Highland Bagpipes in 2003 and Competed in multiple Highland Games winning first place with the Kevin R. Blandford Memorial Pipe Band.
She has been instructing Pupils of all ages on the Highland Bagpipes since 2007. She works closely with many Fire Departments in Southern California training the Department Pipes & Drums on Honor Guard Detail. Attending and Participating in large Fire events for CPF (California Professional Firefighters) and the IAFF ceremonies in Colorado with Rancho Cucamonga Fire Pipes and Drums.
In 2013 Disney Interactive Studios and Rosetta Stone asked her to record for an episode they were producing for a mini-series about Scotland. This was a short animated series called "It's A Small World" This experience had her involved with Disney's well known Musical genius Richard Sherman. Together they created a new tune called, "On Our Merry Way"
She has become well known for her role as one of the Lead performing Lady Pipers for STARZ Networks Show, "Outlander" Appearing on many Red Carpet events in Los Angeles, SanDiego and New York.
In 2017 she was invited to guest appear on the new Harry Connick Jr. Show in New York City. Her role was to perform during the show with a live audience and teach Harry how to play the Bagpipes.
Traveling to Greenland in 2017, she played to honor three fallen Heroes and their families during a very emotional ceremony for the Gold Star families.
While visiting Scotland in 2012 on the Isle of Lewis, at the Callanish Stones, BBC Scotland Channel 3 Hebrides Island Newscasters filmed her as she played through the Stones.
Her solo Album debut of "Siubhail" hit multiple musical platforms around the world on iTunes, sound cloud, CD Baby in 2018
and her Newest Christmas Album " Carol of the Pipes"
released in 2019
When Tress is not Bagpiping across a majestic Glen, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, training for Triathalons, traveling and spending time in her favorite pair of wellies in the Garden.
Spotlight Music Video: Flowers of the Forest
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