The Doodletown Pipers were formed in the mid-1960's by Ward Ellis and George Wilkins. Ward was a well-known dancer and choregrapher and George was musical director. Also involved was Bernie Brillstein. The Pipers worked in Las Vegas, Reno/Lake Tahoe, on television, and with stars such as the Ad Ames, the Carpenters, Perry Como, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Frank Gorshin, Alan King, Sarah Vaughn, John Wayne and Rowan and Martin. In 1971, the group was signed to Bell Records as the New Doodletown Pipers. Their producer was Mike Post. The group was disbanded in the late 1970's and gigs became less frequent. Some of the members went on and performed in other groups.