Nathan Dungan is the current Pipe Major for the Nashville Pipes and Drums. Nathan began music lessons at the age of 5, starting with piano. At the age of 10 Nathan began learning the bagpipes by attending a week of instruction at the North American Academy of Piping and Drums (NAAPD) in Valle Crucis, NC. Annual trips to the school, attendance of group lessons with the Nashville Pipes and Drums, and private instruction from former Pipe Major Jay Dawson led to a solid foundation in the instrument and the fundamentals of music theory. Nathan went on to study under the direction of William Logan before obtaining a bagpipe scholarship to St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC. At St. Andrews he continued his studies under Pipe Major Bill Caudill. Nathan competes in Grade 2 solos in the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association. Nathan studied Public History at St. Andrews, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Public History Honors Research while also participating in the college pipe band and solo competitions. Nathan also met his wife, Ashley, at St. Andrews where she also attended and played snare drum for the band. Upon returning to Nashville, Nathan was elected Pipe Major of the Nashville Pipes and Drums. Nathan is currently employed by Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, providing bagpipes for police and Metropolitan Nashville government functions and funerals in addition to his regular duties.