Rob Clower has been teaching Highland bagpipes for more than 40 years. His students play in pipe bands throughout that U.S. and abroad, many also competing successfully as soloists. In 2007, Rob founded Turlach Ur, now the largest band in Iowa. Under his direction, Turlach Ur enjoyed a highly successful Midwest competition season in 2015; the band won the Grade 5 Midwest Championships in Chicago as well as the aggregate season championship, resulting in promotion to Grade 4. In 2016, Turlach Ur competed successfully in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Chicago, as well as the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. The band capped its 2017 competition season by winning the Grade 4 Midwest Championships. Grinnell College piping students have the opportunity to practice with the band and perform at local concerts.