Tress Maksimuk, also known as the Dark Isle Piper, is a Professional Musician, Composer, Recording Studio artist and Instructor of the Great Highland Bagpipes. She began developing her skills as a Great Highland Bagpiper in 2003 and competed in multiple Highland Games winning first place with the Kevin R. Blandford Memorial Pipe Band.
She has been instructing Pupils of all ages on the Highland Bagpipes since 2007. She works with many Fire Departments in Southern California training the Department Pipes & Drums on Honor Guard detail. She is currently acting as Pipe Sergeant for Rancho Cucamonga Fire Pipes & Drums. Attending multiple large Fire events for CPF (California Professional Firefighters) and IAFF ceremonies in Colorado.
In 2013 Disney Interactive Studios and Rosetta Stone as a recording studio artist. She recorded the Bagpipes and Irish Bodhran of the soundtrack for the episode about Scotland in the short animated series called "It's A Small World". She worked alongside the great musical icon Richard Sherman and created the Pipe version of his new tune called, "On Our Merry Way" and "It's a Small World."
She has become well known for her role as the Performing Lady Bagpiper for Sony and Starz TV Series "Outlander". She has been with the show since before Season 1 and now they are creating Season 4. Appearing on multiple Red Carpet Events in both New York City and San Diego to Play the Bagpipes for Stars like; Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Richard Rankin, Graham McTavish, Lotte Verbeek, Ronald Moore, Diana Gabaldon, and Toni Graphia.
In 2017 she was invited to guest appear on the new "Harry Connick Jr. Show" on television teaching Harry Connick Jr. to play the Highland Bagpipes in front of a live studio audience.
While visiting Scotland in 2012 on the Isle of Lewis, at the Callanish Stones, BBC Scotland Channel 3 Hebrides Island newscasters filmed her as she played the Bagpipes through the Stones.
Her Solo Album Debut of "Siubhail", meaning Traveler in Scots Gaelic, hit multiple Musical platforms around the world on iTunes, Sound Cloud, CDBaby in 2018
When Tress is not Bagpiping across a majestic Glen in Scotland, she enjoys spending time with her Husband and two teenage daughters, training for Triathlons, traveling and spending time with her Wellies in her Garden.
My Vision is to take you on a journey into Scotland's majestic landscapes through the tones of the Highland Bagpipes. The mystery and Mystique of the Bagpipes will capture your imagination and guide you home to the Isles.
Follow me on this Adventure!
Having traveled to Scotland in 2012 and 2017,
my appreciation for the History and Tradition of the Scottish culture & Music has become a part of my performance.
Mirroring the Lone Piper as you say farewell to your loved one, bringing history to life, and bringing ambiance to any place.
All of this and MORE can be yours.