Duncan Michael Petersen-Jones was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1994.  When he was young, he moved with his parents and siblings to Michigan in the USA.  Duncan started learning piano at age 6, taking up the double bass shortly after, which he played in orchestra throughout his school years. During his teens Duncan became interested in composing for piano and orchestral music, and during this time he also added the guitar to his instrumental inventory. Following high school, Duncan attended university and graduated with a Bachelor in Music Composition at Michigan State University in 2017.  At Michigan State University, Duncan studied with Jere Hutchison and Alexis Bacon. It was during his college years that Duncan became interested in the bagpipes. He joined The Glen Erin Pipe Band, and immediately fell in love with the instrument and its associated musical genres. Over the last 4 years, in addition to taking instruction from Bill Collins within the Glen Erin Pipe Band, Duncan has learnt from Bill Weaver of St Louis, Michigan, and then Andrew Duncan, Instructor of Bagpipes at Alma College, Michigan.

Duncan is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Music Composition from The University of Michigan.  At University of Michigan, Duncan has studied with Evan Chambers and Michael Daugherty. Duncan has composed for many ensembles, from string quartets and saxophone quartets, to full orchestra and band.  With the bagpipes, Duncan performs in solo competitions, competing at a Grade 2 level, and competes in band competitions with The Glen Erin Pipe Band and Grand Traverse Pipes and Drums. On occasion, he also plays gigs with the AC/DC cover band, Icy/Dicey!


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