Although the bagpipe is traditionally associated with Scotland, many other regions and countries have their own version of the instrument. Bagpipes are found in North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, the Aegean, the Caucasus, and among the Mari people of Russia. A member of the wind instrument family, the bagpipe is one of the oldest reed instruments—it was known to the civilizations of ancient Greece, Rome, and Persia. The bagpipe is a folk instrument that has been used for pastoral and festive music as well as for marching bands and military purposes.