(updated February 12, 2013)

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Performing at the Los Gatos Library One Year Anniversary on Friday, February 15, 2013 @ 3:30 PM upstairs. Playing and explaining Irish Uilleann pipes and Scottish Highland pipes.

Performed with The Chieftains at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California on October 5, 2012.

Paddy Moloney and me backstage at the Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA on October 5, 2012


Agenda for the evening                         Sound check before the concert


I was honoured to be asked to be the official piper for the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department and the Town of Los Gatos.


Performed at Los Gatos Music in the Park on July 8, 2012.


Played with some friends at C.B. Hannegan's Pub in Los Gatos for their St. Patrick's Day events March 17, 2012.


Mike McGuire, Stan Engel, Bob Wilson, Linda Menard & Richard Katz

Played for The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Andrew Montague, on March 11, 2012


I had the pleasure of attending a house concert with Paddy Keenan on September 13, 2009.


 Paddy Keenan

Paddy asked me the play a couple of tunes with him. An amazing time playing with a master piper!

Performed at Los Gatos Music in the Park on July 12, 2009. A couple of photos from the concert.

Linda Menard, Richard Katz, Davey Brewer, and Stan Engel

Painting by Robert Gantt Steele for the Los Gatos Plein Air Art Show on May 30, 2009.

(I was asked by the artist to pose for this painting which took him 1.5 hours to paint.)


Article in the Los Gatos Observer that came out on October 4, 2008



Videos of my performance with The Chieftains at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco on February 19, 2009




Richard D. Katz, a professional piper, began his piping career playing the Scottish Highland Bagpipes. He competed in local Scottish Highland Gatherings for 7 years being awarded 16 medals before retiring from competition. He has been tutored by Sgt. Gordon Walker (Scotland), Robert Wallace (Scotland), Harry McNulty (PM Power of Scotland, Scotland), and his piping  teacher, Robert Boyd, California. Richard's highland pipes were custom made for him by Allistair Sinclair (Wm. Sinclair & Son) of Leith, Scotland. Richard traveled to Scotland in 1992 to take delivery of his pipes.

Richard became interested in Irish music and purchased an inexpensive tin whistle. While learning the tin whistle, Richard, became more aware of the world of Irish music. After seeing Davey Spillane perform on Uilleann pipes in "Riverdance" he decided to learn Uilleann pipes. He had a full set made for him by Charles Roberts of County Sligo, Ireland and traveled to Ireland in 1998 to take delivery.

Richard has been taught by such noted Irish pipers as Mick O'Brien, Eoin O'Raighaigh, Gay McKeon, Jimmy O'Brien-Moran, and Martin Nolan. He has also been tutored by Bay Area uilleann piper, Todd Denman.

Richard plays a concert D tin whistle made by Chris Abell of Ashville, North Carolina and a 18" bodhrán made by Eoin Leonard (Belgarth Bodhrán's) of Orkney, Scotland.

Richard became very involved in the Irish music scene and is the Secretary of the San Francisco Irish Pipers' Club.

Richard plays at weddings, memorials & funerals, parties, corporate events, etc. He also teaches all of his instruments.



Please contact Richard at the following for information or bookings.

(408) 489-2881 or rkatz2552@aol.com


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