Jones said it takes a lot of coordination to make sure the air blowing through the reeds remains constant.
"You can always tell new bagpipers because you get kind of like a wobble effect, like a wah-wah-wah, because they can't quite figure out how much pressure to keep on it," he said.
Jones started playing snare drum with the Highlanders while he learned how to play the bagpipes. He practiced with the group on Mondays and Wednesdays, and spent about an hour and a half practicing on his own each day at home.
By 2009, he had mastered the instrument and started playing bagpipes with the Highlanders full time.
"I was actually told that I was one of the quickest students they've ever seen," Jones said. "It came down to it that it was a desire - I had to learn the bagpipes."
It was also in 2009 that Jones began being asked to play for the funerals of fallen firefighters, police and veterans.
Jones said he has played at more than 100 various events over the last four years, 79 of which were funerals. With the majority of his performances occurring at funerals, Jones looks at his musical gift in a solemn light.
"I call it my curse because every time there's a fallen firefighter, I'm the one called usually," he said. "It's always because somebody has lost their life in the call of duty or after years in service."
Jones played recently at the funeral for slain Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum.
Though he calls it a kind of curse, Jones said he hopes answering that calling will help ease the pain of the situation.
"When I do these events, I tell myself I'm out there to honor the fallen and bring peace and comfort to the family, friends and loved ones," he said.
"My only wish is that my music brings comfort . . . so that they may begin the healing process after losing their loved one."
Each time he plays, Jones remembers Dorsey. With each note he pays tribute to a friend whose life was cut far too short. And he hopes to continue playing that tribute so long as he has breath.
"I got into it because of my friend who lost his life," Jones said. "So every time I play, no matter if it's a celebratory event or a funeral, he's always on my mind."
Contact writer Jared Hunt at busin...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4836.