Piper Profile: Ava Dark
What do piping, Spanish and psychology have in common? Though this seems like an eclectic group of interests, it’s a perfect mix for Ava Dark.
Ava Dark ’14
Though the Livonia freshman originally came to Alma College to continue piping, she says she’s enjoying the small class sizes and the friendliness of people on campus.
Dark also is excited to take advantage of the travel opportunities offered at Alma by spending next winter semester in Scotland, where she’ll reconnect with her Scottish roots.
“My family is Scottish, so many of my family members have played the bagpipes,” she says. “I’ve been piping since I was 11 years old.”
While Dark says she enjoys the pipes because they’re unique, she admits she also finds playing the instrument frustrating.
“The bagpipes are almost impossible to perfect, but I really like that because it keeps me working,” she says. “There’s so much to learn and achieve.”
In addition to playing with the Alma pipers, Dark has improved her piping by spending the past two years as a member of the Detroit Caledonian Pipe Band.
“It’s nice to play with other pipers,” she says. “The other pipers are older and more experienced than I am, so there was a lot of history there to learn from.”