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A Harmonious Journey of Innovation and Tradition

Updated: Apr 23


Adrian Melvin to Relocate from Chicago to Raleigh for Exciting Collaborations 

Chicago, IL — 22 April 2024 — After nearly two decades of crafting exceptional reeds in the heart of Chicago, Adrian Melvin, esteemed reed maker, announces his upcoming relocation to Raleigh, North Carolina. This move marks an exciting chapter in Melvin's illustrious career as he embarks on a groundbreaking collaboration with Roddy MacLellan, artisan and master bagpipe maker at MacLellan Bagpipes.


The relocation, scheduled for May, signifies a significant milestone for Melvin, who has built a sterling reputation for his meticulous craftsmanship and dedication to excellence in the reed-making industry. Joining forces with Roddy MacLellan, a renowned figure in the world of bagpipes, presents an unparalleled opportunity to innovate and push the boundaries of bagpipe making and music.


Together, Melvin and MacLellan are channeling their expertise and passion into the development of a revolutionary pipe chanter and reed combination. This collaborative effort promises to set new standards in sound quality and performance, elevating the experience for musicians and enthusiasts alike.


In addition to his partnership with MacLellan Bagpipes, Adrian Melvin is thrilled to announce his affiliation with the Wake and District Pipe Band as a local player. Embracing this new role within the vibrant North Carolina piping community underscores Melvin's commitment to fostering musical excellence and camaraderie.


"We are delighted to welcome Adrian Melvin to Raleigh and to our community," said Joe Brady, founder of Wake and District. "His expertise and passion for reed making will undoubtedly enrich our collaborative efforts and contribute to the advancement of traditional music."


As Melvin prepares to embark on this exciting journey, fans and followers are encouraged to stay tuned for updates on the forthcoming innovations and projects emerging from this dynamic partnership. With a wealth of experience and a shared dedication to artistic innovation, Adrian Melvin and Roddy MacLellan are poised to make waves in the world of bagpipes.

About Adrian Melvin

Adrian Melvin is a highly regarded reed maker with nearly two decades of experience crafting exceptional reeds for bagpipes. Renowned for his meticulous attention to detail and unwavering commitment to quality, Melvin has established himself as a leading figure in the reed-making industry.


About MacLellan Bagpipes

MacLellan Bagpipes is a renowned name in the world of bagpipes, known for its commitment to craftsmanship, quality, and innovation. Led by master artisan Roddy MacLellan, the company is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of traditional music and setting new standards of excellence.

About Wake and District The Wake and District Pipe Band, based in Raleigh, NC, is renowned in the southeastern US for its musical prowess, community engagement, and dedication to Celtic heritage through bagpipe and drumming. Comprising skilled musicians adept in traditional Scottish instruments, they partake in competitions, parades, and concerts both locally and internationally. Beyond performances, the band actively engages in charitable endeavors and community outreach, supporting various causes in Raleigh and beyond, earning respect for their professional ethos, enriching North Carolina's cultural landscape.

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Congratulations, Adrian. Maybe I'll be able to get down to visit the shop not that you are going to be closer. I hope you'll still be making you easy easy reed for us older folks.


Congratulations Adrian !

As a former student and friend of Adrian ,and an owner of MacLellan bagpipes , I know this will be a ground breaking collaboration for both party's !

Cheers ,

Craig Brooks

Celtic Guard Academy

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