Erik Leiken, a native of Berkeley, California (and virtually lifelong resident of Davis, California,
U.S.A.), is a champion professional piper, winner of many medals and award in the both Light
Music and Piobaireachd (the classicl music of Bagpipes).
He loves to frequent music shops, and for terrorizing the town with the sound of the bagpipes. He still can be
heard most nights practicing the bagpipes in his North Davis home, and often at the Yolo County Bypass and wherever large groups of
people don't congregate.
Born on March 7th, 1986 in Berkeley, Erik lived the first weeks of his life in nearby Lafayette.
His family relocated to Davis in May of 1986, and have remained
there ever since. Erik spent five months in 2006 living in El Cajon,
CA, but returned in Late December of that year. He continues to reside in Davis.
Erik attended the following schools:
Davis Community Church Nursery School (1989-1991)
West Davis Elementary, now Chavez (1991-1995)
West Davis Intermediate, now Willett (1995-1998)
Emerson Jr. High (1998-2001)
Davis Senior High School (2001-2004)
Sacramento City College, Davis
Woodland Community College (2007)
at a highland dance competition at a highland games in Salinas,
in the Dunvegan Pipe Band uniform. 2003. He tutor is San Francisco Bagpiper, Mr. Ossie Reid.
Erik has been playing the bagpipes since 1994, and aside from playing
at various events throughout Davis and the Western US, he has achieved a level of success in solo and band competitions. He
currently competes in Professional Grade as a soloist, and plays with the Kevin R. Blandford Memorial Pipe Band based east
of Los Angeles, California. Erik also plays with his instructor's band, the Dunvegan Pipe Band from Redwood City, CA, and
teaches the Alameda County Sheriff's Pipe Band hailing from Dublin, CA.
He is available to play for weddings, funerals, and any sort of occasion that may be enhanced by bagpipe music. Erik
also is available for bagpipe instruction.
Dunvegan Pipe Band http://www.highlandnet.com/info/band/b027.html
Co. Sheriff's Pipe Band http://www.acspb.com/
R. Blandford Memorial Pipe Band http://www.blandfordbands.org
The Byzantines band practice, 2003.
Aside from bagpipes, Erik also plays the bass, guitar, trumpet, tin whistle, didgeridoo, ukulele, viola, and he just
started playing the Galician "Gaita," a bagpipe from Northwestern Spain. Erik also composes
music, primarily for the bagpipes, and has composed well over 500 pipe tunes, including marches, strathspeys, reels, jigs,
hornpipes, slow airs, and piobaireachd. One of his tunes, a 6/8 march called "The Last Dram for Mal Malloy," is becoming better
known in California's piping community.
His non-musical hobbies are writing, driving all over the place, playing with his pets, bowling, art, loitering, taking
day trips, camping, hiking, and sleeping, among other things.
birthday bash at the M.U.G.A. 1995