J.V. Hudson began his musical journey at the age of six . He began to study the piano and continued his study for ten years . Around the age of ten he started playing the guitar and at twelve started his first band .3 years later he started playing the bass guitar .In 1963 his father took him to a performance by The Black Watch Pipes and Drums at Duke University . His love of the Great Highland Bagpipe was born . Several years later while at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games he decided to buy a set of pipes and give it a go .He found a wonderful instructor who ask him to join his band The City of Oaks.J.V. played with the band for several years and then decided to launch a solo career . J.V also plays Scottish small pipes , tin whistle , accordian, keyboards and the dombec. J.V. also composes and has written 4 pipe tunes to date. One is a 4/4 march called The Salute to Clan Donald (the clan which his family belongs to )and a reel entitled The Rocky Branch Reel , named after a small stream near his home , the third is a slow march called Kiefer's Tune written for his youngest Golden Retriever and the fourth is an uptempo foot stomper entitled Cullen's Tune , written for his oldest Golden Retriver . J.V. is a member of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association , The Piobaireachd Society of Glasgow , Scotland and
The Eagle Piper's Society of Edinburgh , Scotland . J.V is also the official piper for The Triangle Curling Center . .J. V. Hudson received national exposure playing at the opening ceremonies of the 2009 Coca-Cola 600 along with three of his friends .In March of 2011 J.V. had the honor of being part of a group of pipers and drummers that perform with The Chieftains .Other venues J.V. has performed at include , The Circular Church, Little River Presbyterian Church (250 anniversary ) Duke Chapel , The O;Henry Hotel, McGregor Downs , The Graylyn Estate, The Greenbrier Hotel and The Biltmore Estate , just to name a few . From a casual get together to a White Tie event J.V. has the proper attire. J.V. Hudson will be on time , dressed as requested and have his instrument properly tuned . J.V. is also working on a project called J.V. Hudson The Show that includes piping , keyboards , whistle, vocals and backing tracks .