Holly Leech   
Commandant Office Manager

P:  (540) 464-7313
F: (540) 464-7748
E: leechhc@vmi.edu

Commandant's Office
Virginia Military Institute
Jackson Arch, Barracks
Lexington, VA 24450

Major Burt Mitchell, Pipe Band Director

Major Burt MitchellMajor Burt Mitchell has over forty years of piping experience. Mitchell is considered one of America’s top players on the instrument. He has been the full time piping instructor at VMI since 2000 and has taught cadets who have never played before to become proficient players in the Pipe Band consisting in excess of forty-five members.

Major Mitchell is designing an American Military Pipe Band system suited for the rising number of institutions using the bagpipes for their ceremonies. He conducts teaching seminars for pipe bands and summer piping schools for individual players. He is the Pipe Major of “Warpipe”, Roanoke, Virginia’s unique Celtic/American Pipe Band and records and tours regularly with “Ceili Rain”, a Celtic/Rock band from New York.