About Piper Jonas
Jonas Pauliukonis, a.k.a. Piper Jonas, is a competitive piper and bagpipe instructor from San Jose, CA. Jonas began instruction with Bill Merriman in Fremont, CA in 2001 and went on to join the Prince Charles Pipe Band (PCPB) the following year.
In addition to formal instruction with Bill Merman, Piper Jonas also attended several renown piping schools and events, including Winter Storm in Kansas City and Piping Hot Summer Drummer in Canada.
Forged by Competition
Jonas began playing with the Prince Charles Grade IV Pipe Band in the 2001-2002 season. In 2003 Jonas began playing with the Prince Charles Grade III band and traveled with the band to Scotland in their bid for the Grade 3A World Pipe Band Championships - which they won.
Following the 2003 season, the band went through several membership changes allowing for Piper Jonas' promotion to Pipe Sergeant, which he held for several seasons, including the band's second bid for the World Pipe Band Championships in 2005 where they won fourth place.
Following 2005, Piper Jonas served as Pipe Major of the Grade III band from 2006-2008 leading the band through many successful competition over the three year period.
In 2010 Piper Jonas joined and began competing with the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band (RMMPB) in Vancouver, Canada. After two years the band traveled to Scotland for the 2012 World Pipe Band Championships where they won 1st place. The following year, RMMPB was regraded to to Grade 2.
In 2014 Piper Jonas served as an instructor for the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Pipes and Drums in San Jose, CA and most recent in 2017 joined the newly rebranded Silicon Valley Pipe Band to reenter competition.
Among the notable organizations and venues in which Piper Jonas has had the privilege performing are:
Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society
Pleasanton-Blairgowrie-Fergus Sister City Organization
Piping Live! at St. George Square, Glasgow
Wounded Veterans Polo Benefit sponsored by the Commandery of St. Francis
Private dinner hosted by Joshua Skenes, Executive Chef of Michelin-starred restaurant Saison
Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of CalTrain
Notable Performance Venues:
San Francisco City Hall
Golden Gate National Cemetery
Zellerbach Hall - UC Berkeley
Bankhead Theater - Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, Livermore, CA
Jackson Theater - Ohlone College
College of Marin Fine Arts Center
Mission San Jose and Mission Santa Clara
The Golf Club at Boulder Ridge
Accolades and Accomplishments
World Pipe Band Championships
RSPBA 2012 Grade 3A World Pipe Band Championships - 1st place with the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band
RSPBA 2005 Grade 3A World Pipe Band Championships - 4th place with the Prince Charles Pipe Band
Pipe Major of the Prince Charles Grade III Pipe Band (2006-2008)
Pipe Sergeant of the Prince Charles Grade III Pipe Band (2003-2005)
1st Place in the 2012 PHSD tune writing competition for "Christine's Wedding"
3rd Place in the 2011 PHSD tune writing competition for "A Tuesday in Chilcoot"