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.

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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.

Notable Performances

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

  • Bentley Reserve

  • 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

Company Events:

  • Extreme Networks

  • BrandVia

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

Leadership positions

  • Pipe Major of the Prince Charles Grade III Pipe Band (2006-2008)

  • Pipe Sergeant of the Prince Charles Grade III Pipe Band (2003-2005)

Composing

  • 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"