Pipers spread hope through music through Sunset Solidarity Movement

Student Ashton Steele plays his bagpipes outside of the Historic Highlandlake Church building as part of the Sunset Solidarity Movement.


Laura Steele

Ashton Steele plays the bagpipes in the Sunset Solidarity Movement.

The Sunset Solidarity Movement is a worldwide movement where bagpipers from around the globe are coming out of their houses to bring strength and hope to others by playing. 

“As the COVID-19 pandemic is a battle, we are playing to encourage strength and resolve. Pipers around the world will greet each sunset with a tune to signify another day has passed and reassure our neighbors that we are not alone,” said a Facebook post by Historic Highland Lake.

Ashton Steele (‘23), a student at Mead High School, is taking part in this movement through his involvement in the Western United States Pipe Band Association.

“Ashton along with many other Bagpipers around the world play each night at sundown proving closure to the day and hope for a brighter, better tomorrow,” said Laura Steele, Ashton’s mother.

Steele played again on Saturday, April 11th at Town Hall Park, and Sunday, April 12th near County Road 7.

Through his participation in the movement, he hopes to show respect to those who have fought in the battle against COVID-19, as well as to give the community the hope and strength to keep pushing forward.

Steele’s efforts have already started helping the community.

According to Mrs. Steele, “Ashton has been amazed at how much the community looks forward to hearing a few minutes each night of the Highland Bagpipes and realizes that it is providing comfort to so many.”

“Historically, the Highland Bagpipe has accompanied warriors into battle to instill courage where courage doesn’t exist,” Historic Highland Lake said.

This is just one of many ways that people are working hard to positively influence others in this difficult time.

“Finding goodness in a world of uncertainty is important. People need to see and hear hope and find comfort that tomorrow and beyond will be better days,” says Mrs. Steele.