Forged by competition, Sustained by love of Music

Lessons and Learning the Bagpipes

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.

Pipe Band 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 in the 2005 World Pipe Band Championships 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.

Instruction and Teaching

Starting in 2013, Piper Jonas began formal instruction of several bagpipers and continues to teach in the South Bay Area.

Among the notable organizations and venues in which Piper Jonas has had the privilege performing are:

  • Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society - Oakland, CA
  • Pleasanton-Blairgowrie-Fergus Sister City Organization - Sunol, CA
  • San Francisco City Hall - San Francisco, CA
  • Bentley Reserve - San Francisco, CA
  • Zellerbach Hall - University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • Bankhead Theater - Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, Livermore, CA
  • Jackson Theater - Ohlone College, Fremont, CA
  • College of Marin Fine Arts Center - Marin, CA
  • Mission San Jose - Fremont, CA
  • Wild Oak Saddle Club - Santa Rosa, CA
  • The Golf Club at Boulder Ridge - San Jose, CA
  • Piping Live! at St. George Square - Glasgow Scotland

Visit the gallery to see Piper Jonas at various events.


Bagpiping Awards


World pipe band championships

  • RSPBA 2012 Grade 3A World Pipe Band Championships - 1st place with the RMMPB
  • RSPBA 2005 Grade 3A World Pipe Band Championships - 4th place with the PCPB

Composing tunes

  • 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"