Laura began in the Abilene Pipers as a drummer and in the Fall of 2009 decided to become a piper. Laura currently is the First Personal Assistant to Her Royal Highness Helga, Queen of Alabama. When she is not piping she spends her time on her Llama ranch North of Clyde, Texas. She is married to Cappy Phipps and together they raise albino guinnea pigs to be used in research at Tarlton State University for the Criminally Insane.ovies and on TV, along with his strong Scottish family background, but it wasn't until he watched Eric Rigler pipe at Ronald Reagan's funeral that he decided to play. He has performed for local funerals, parades, school sanctioned events, Abilene Art Walk and the 2005 De Leon Peach and Melon Festival.