(Subject to Change) Many thanks to our amazing Volunteer Faculty, Performers, and Adjudicators
Callum Beaumont – Piping (Adjudicator, Performer, and Faculty)
Callum Beaumont resides in Dollar, Clackmannanshire and is currently an instructor at Dollar Academy. His tutors have included Bert Smith, Tom Speirs, and currently Willie McCallum. Callum has played with the Lothian and Borders Police Pipe band, Shotts & Dykehead, Simon Fraser University and Inveraray and District Pipe Band.
His pipe band prizes include winning the World Pipe Band championships four times, twice with Simon Fraser University, once with Shotts & Dykehead and most recently with Inveraray and District. As Pipe Major of Dollar Academy Pipe Band (Novice A), Callum has won four consecutive Champion of Champions titles. In 2018 he led the band to the Grand Slam including the bands first World Title in the grade.
Solo piping achievements include; Northern Meetings, Inverness – Clasp (three – 2012,2015,2018), Highland Society of London Gold Medal (2013); Argyllshire Gathering, Oban – Highland Society of London Gold Medal (2011), Silver Medal (2006), MacGregor Memorial (2003), Open Jigs (2011); London- Bratach Gorm (2016), Former Winners MSR (two-2014,2015), Overall Winner (two- 2014,2016), A grade MSR (2009); Donald MacLeod Memorial, Stornoway – Piobaireachd (2013), Overall Winner (2013); Dunvegan, Skye – Silver Chanter (2013), Dunvegan Medal (2014), Clasp to the Dunvegan Medal (2014), Overall Winner (2014); The Metro Cup (USA) – Piobaireachd (two-2016,2017), Medley (two-2014,2017), Overall Winner (three-2014,2016,2017); The Masters, National Piping Centre- Piobaireachd (2013); Uist and Barra- Piobaireachd (two-2016,2017), Overall Winner (two-2016,2017); Donald MacDonald Quaich, Skye- (2017); Braemar Highland Gathering- Gold Medal (2014), Overall Winner (2014); Springbank Invitational, Campbeltown-Overall Winner (2018), Hornpipe and Jig (two-2013,2015), 6/8 March (2016); Inveraray Highland Games- Open March (two-2013,2015); and Lochaber- Lochaber Axe Piobaireachd (2016).
Murray Blair – Piping (Adjudicator, Performer, and Faculty)
Murray’s family immigrated from Scotland to Australia in the 1940’s. Taught by his father, Donald Blair OAM, Murray played with the Victoria Police Pipe Band (Warrnambool, Australia), to include recorded the albums “Uphold the Right,” “Live in Ireland,” “Live in the Rockies (USA)” and “Masterblasters.”
The Victoria Police Pipe Band won the Grade 1 World Pipe Band Championships in 1998, and Murray also released his piping book ‘Philharmonic’. Six of the nine tunes played by the Victoria Police at the 1998 World Championships were written by Murray. On the Australian solo piping boards, he won the Silver Medal Piobaireachd at the RU Brown competition however developed focal dystonia and ceased competitive piping. He maintained involvement in the local piping community and a founding member of the Victorian Pipers Association, an organisation dedicated to teaching and fostering piping.
Murray has also worked extensively in broadcast television recording in remote locations of Africa, Asia, and Australia, and landmark venues such as the Lincoln Centre NYC and the Royal Glasgow Concert Hall in Scotland. As a piper and audio engineer, Murray now resides in Melbourne combining technical and musical knowledge to produce electronic bagpipe tuners, the Bagpiper Case (with Ian Lyons), Bagpipe Tuner App and the Blair Digital Chanter. Formally trained as an Audio Engineer with BBC accreditation, Murray developed a bespoke technique for recording bagpipes and relocated to Scotland in 2004 to commercially produce piping albums. His recording/ producing credits include:
Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band Re:charged, Re:wind, Replay, IMPACT
Inverary & District – Ascension
Simon Fraser University – On Home Ground 1 & 2, Live in New York, Affirmation
St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band – Turas Ceoil @ Resume
Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia- La Boum Ecosse, Rise
Scottish Power – Cathcart
Manawatu Scottish Twelve Thousand Miles, The Calling
Vale of Athol Pipe Band – Live from Frankfurt, Germany
Dysart & Dundonald Pipe Band – Terra Incognito
Roddy S MacDonald Good Drying
Alasdair Gillies LochBroom
Gordon Duncan Just for Gordon
Roddy MacLeod – Piobaireachd
National Piping Centre Masters competition & Recital series
Lord Todd Piping Recital Challenge – Scotland
The Northern Meeting & SPA Knockout series- Pipeline BBC Radio Scotland
Gordon Brown – Snare Drumming (Adjudicator, Performer, and Faculty)
Gordon was born in Whitburn, West Lothian. From an early age he showed a keen interest in drumming under the guidance of his father, DM Tom Brown. He joined the Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia Novice Juvenile Band in November, 1976. In 1977, at his first attempt, Gordon gained sixth place in the Juvenile Section of the World Solo Drumming Championship. That season, Gordon and the Novice Corps went on to win five Major Championships, and every Drumming competition they played, including Grade 4 events. In 1978, the Grade 3 band was upgraded to Grade 2 under the leadership of his father. During the seasons of 1978 and 1979, the Grade 2 drummers gained nearly every major band and drumming championship. On the solo side, Gordon steadily moved up the prize lists at the Worlds and other Solo Drumming events, including winning The World Juvenile Solo Drumming titles in 1980 and 1981.
Gordon began giving instructions at age 16 at his dad’s famous “Tuesday Night Drumming Class” in the Whitburn Burgh Town Hall. Almost every drummer with the Boghall Grade 1 Band, during the early 80’s, came through Tom’s famous drumming school. Gordon and the Boghall Band were promoted to Grade 1 in 1980 and in their first season won the Cowal Drumming Championship. The next three seasons saw them successfully win World Drum Corps Championships; 1981, 82 and 83, as well as every drumming award possible. This continued throughout the eighties and included another World Drumming Title in 1986. A proud moment for Gordon was being the first recipient of the “Alex Duthart Memorial Trophy” for the Grade 1 Champion of Champions Drum Corps. Gordon’s first teaching assignment was the Novice and the Juvenile Drum Corps within the Band. He enabled them to go on and win numerous Major Drumming awards throughout the eighties and nineties. The most recent wins with the Juvenile Cops were the World Drum Corps Titles in 2009 and 2010, and The British Title 2011.
In 1991, Gordon took over as Leading Drummer of the Grade 1 Corps from his dad and won the European Drumming Title that same year. To date, Gordon has won the Scottish, British, European and Cowal Championships on numerous occasions with both the Corps and as a Band, as well as winning The Best Drum Corps and Bass Section at the 2001 World Championships. The most recent title wins being the Champion of Champions Drum Corps Prizes in 2007 and 2010. The Corps also gained first place in the British, European, Cowal and the Worlds (MSR & Medley) in 2012, making them Champion of Champions Drum Corps for that season. Gordon was also named “2012 Drummer of the Year” in the 10th Annual Pipes / Drums Honour’s List. It was in 1994 that Gordon claimed first place in the World Solo Drumming Championship. He had placed fourth in 1993, but to have won such a prestigious award in 1994 was a dream come true. Gordon achieved first place again in the 2002 event.
Since Gordon became involved in teaching, he has taught throughout the UK, Europe, South Africa, United States, Canada, and Australia. Through his achievements as a solo player and as leading drummer of the Grade 1 corps, he has had invitations from all over the World for teaching workshops and seminars. He still teaches the Juvenile Drummers in the Band, which are passed onto him from Tom, who teaches all the beginners and Novice Corps. He has several young players under his tutelage whom have advanced through the Novice and Juvenile ranks and achieved Grade1 status over the past five years.
Gordon is a fully qualified Trainer/Assessor (SVQ D32, C25). He is currently Drumming Instructor at Morrison’s Academy in Perthshire, The High School of Glasgow and The Cargilfield Preparatory School in Edinburgh. Gordon is also heavily involved in product development with Andante Percussion, Northern Ireland (www.andantedrums.co.uk) and is an endorsee of their Andante Drum Range.
Kahlil Cappuccino – Bass Drumming (Adjudicator, and Faculty)
Kahlil Cappuccino was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1970. At the age of 5 he moved with his family to Glengarry County, Ontario – a place perhaps best known for hosting the North American Pipe Band Championships. In 1987, after having taken up percussion in the high school orchestra, Kahlil was approached to be the bass drummer for the Glengarry Pipe Band. And so began his long career in the competitive pipe band world.
From 1987 to 1996, Kahlil played in the Glengarry band under the leadership of Pipe Major Colin MacLellan during which the band rose through the ranks from grade 4 with a brief stop in grade 1. Along the way, the band won numerous provincial and national championships in Canada and the USA, the North American Pipe Band Championships as well as achieving top 4 placings at the World Pipe Band Championships in Grade 2. During that time, Kahlil also won several individual awards often garnering “Best Bass” on numerous occasions including at a continental level. He also took the time during this period to study Sociology and Anthropology, and English Literature at Carleton University in Ottawa, earning a Bachelor of Arts.
After a brief pause, Kahlil went on to play with the grade 2 Canadian Forces Composite Pipe Band in 1998. Success at this level continued under the guidance of Pipe Major Sandy Dewar until the band’s demise in 2000. During that time Kahlil also started a career in the Government of Canada in strategic policy and planning management. In 2002 he re-joined the grade 2 Glengarry Pipe Band under the leadership of Pipe Major Colin Clansey. Kahlil played in the band until 2004 culminating with a 6th place finish at the Worlds and he was awarded the best bass prize.
On the heels of those accomplishments, Kahlil was invited to play bass with the grade 1 78th Highlanders Halifax Citadel Pipe Band in the province of Nova Scotia. Going into his fourteenth year with the band, he continues to thrive under the leadership of Pipe Major Alex Gandy. Kahlil has also enjoyed success with the Halifax band having won the North American Championships in 2014 and “best bass section” awards three times at that contest as well as many others. The band also qualified for the Finals at the Worlds in 2005 and 2015. While with the band Kahlil has garnered several top solo prizes including a North American Open Bass Champion title and twice a Midwest Highland Arts Fund Gold Medalist.
Kahlil also was a member of the original Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band in 2008. Pipe Major Roddy MacLeod took the band to the Finals in Glasgow that year. Four years later, Kahlil again played with the band in a concert at the Royal Glasgow Concert Hall. As time moved on, Kahlil has become an adjudicator with the Pipers and Pipe Band Society of Ontario and served on their Music Board from 2009-2012 (including an active seat on the Atlantic Canada Pipe Band Association’s Music Committee).
Kahlil has been involved in Winter Storm for a number of years both as a competitor and as member of the faculty. He began as a competitor in 2007, placing in the prize list every time including winning the Gold Medal Bass Drumming Championships in 2008 and 2014. He has also adjudicated several of the medal and amateur contests for bass and tenor, plus conducted workshops as part of this world-class event as recently as 2017. Kahlil resides in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa with his wife and their 17-year-old twins. He continues his career in the Canadian Government as an executive with the Department of Canadian Heritage where he is the Director, Copyright Policy in the Cultural Affairs Sector.
Hugh Cameron – Snare Drumming (Adjudicator, and Faculty)
Hugh Cameron, Toronto, Canada has been a professional drumming instructor for thirty years; has taught and adjudicated throughout North America, and has developed a thorough teaching method for drummers of all ages and abilities.
Hugh has over 20 years experience in Grade 1 pipe bands as well as having won most solo drumming titles in Ontario, Canada including three consecutive Champion Supreme Awards for professional drumming.
Hugh’s principle instructor was the late Alex Duthart.
Hugh is the proprietor of Cameron’s Drumming Studio which distributes a wide variety of pipe band drumming products. Cameron’s Drumming Studio is the Major Sponsor of the Cameron’s Drumming Studio – MHAF North American Amateur Snare Drumming Championships.
Stephen Creighton – Snare Drumming (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty)
Stephen Creighton is the lead drummer of the current RSPBA Champion of Champions St Laurence O’Toole pipe band from Dublin, Ireland. His honours include to date as a solo drummer include 1989 World Junior Champion, 19 World Solo Finals, 5 Senior all Ireland Championships and 3 Ulster Senior Championships. With his corps, Stephen has won five Grade 1 all Ireland drumming prizes and the 2006 World Grade 1 Drumming prize. Stephen is married to Amanda and has four children; Stephen Junior, Keith, Glen and Hannah.
Pipe Major Brian Donaldson – Piping (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty)
Brian, from Cardenden in Fife, was taught to play the pipes by his father, Pipe Major Andrew Donaldson, himself a renowned piper and teacher. After leaving school, Brian served his apprenticeship as a bagpipe maker at “Inveran House” under the guidance of Jimmy Tweedie.
As a young age Brian was playing with the world famous Dysart & Dundonald pipe band, winning all the major championships in Grade1. In 1978, Brian enlisted in the Scots Guards and served with the regiment all over the world. He passed his Pipe Majors course at the Army School of Piping, Edinburgh Castle in 1982. After serving in the Falklands War, he was posted to the Army School of Piping as an instructor for 3 years.
On his return to the 2nd Battalion, he was promoted to Pipe Sergeant and, shortly after the amalgamation of both Battalions, Brian was promoted to the rank of Pipe Major in 1995. In 1998 he became Pipe Major of the Army Training regiment. Eventually the Military centralized all army piping and drumming, and Brian served out his 22 years at the Army School of Bagpipe & Highland Drumming in Edinburgh.
Brian has achieved an amazing list of prizes including but not limited to: Gold Medal, Oban; Gold Medal and two Clasps, Skye; Bratach Gorm, London; 2nd Gold Medal (twice), Northern Meetings; MSR (twice), Argyllshire Gathering; MSR (three times) Northern Meeting; a “Double”- winning the MSR at Oban and Inverness in the same year; MSR, London; MSR, Grants- along with the numerous invitations to The Glenfiddich.
Brian recently was appointed as Piping Instructor at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin.
Ken Eller – Piping (Concert – Master of Ceremonies, Adjudicator, and Faculty)
Ken “The Captain” Eller’s piping career has spanned over 55 years. His band background includes 15 North American Pipe Band Championships with the 78th Fraser Highlanders (1992-2002), and as Pipe Major of the Clan MacFarlane Pipe Band (1971 – 1987).
Originally taught by Richard MacPherson, brother of Hugh MacPherson, the Edinburgh Highland Outfitter, he continued his studies under double Gold Medalist Pipe Major John Wilson, of Edinburgh and Toronto, through the 1960’s. During the 1980’s and early 1990’s he was a managing partner in the bagpipe-making firm of Dunbar-Eller, Ltd (presently Dunbar Bagpipes). Ken teaches piping full time since retiring from a 32-year career as a mathematics professor at Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology. During the summer months, he teaches at various piping schools and judges at highland games both in North America and Scotland. Ken has expanded his teaching career with on line lessons at www.thecaptainscorner.com.
Since 1962 Ken has been an active member of the Piper’s and Pipe Band Society of Ontario (PPBSO), and EUSPBA, the Eastern US Pipe Band Association. In 1984/85 he was admitted to the panel of Adjudicators for both organizations. Since 2005, he has been on the panel of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) as an international piping adjudicator. He has judged the Australian, European, and World Championships (2012); the New Zealand, North American, and World Championships (2013), the Scottish and World Championships (2014), the World Championships (2015), the New Zealand Nationals in (2016) , and the Scottish and World Championships (2017).
He resides in Fonthill, Ontario with his wife Diane, an internationally recognized triathlete. They have two children, Lindsay and Cameron.
John Fisher – Snare Drumming (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty)
John Fisher is one of the most versatile players and educators of our lifetime. His career has spanned over 3 decades dividing his passion between drum set and pipe band genres.
He is a former North American Champion and was the lead drummer of the City of Victoria Pipe Band, member of the Shotts & Dykehead Drum Corps under the direction of the legendary Alex Duthart, and former lead drummer of the 78th Fraser Highlanders of Ontario Pipe Band.
Currently, John is the lead drummer of the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band. In 2008, the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band, comprised of world-class players, was the subject of an award-winning documentary by John MacDonald.
Johns other passion is drum set. He is both a master player and educator. He was a former faculty member at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles where he also performed as a studio session drummer. His reputation as a drum set player has brought many famous drummers to his doorstep including Grammy, Billboard Magazine, American Music, MTV music award winners as well as Modern Drummer Magazine poll winners.
Steve Foley – Bass Drumming (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty)
Steve Foley was born in Glasgow, Scotland and immigrated to California in 1976. He began his pipe band career at the age of nine as a tenor drummer with LAPD Pipe Band, Beach Cities Pipe Band, and Prince Charles Pipe Band. He started bass drumming at age 16 with Scottish Heritage Pipe Band, and shortly after the majority of his drumming career with the LA Scots Pipe Band. From 2014 through early 2015, Steve joined SFU Pipe Band as the bass drummer. In 2016, Steve returned to the LA Scots Pipe Band.
Steve feels fortunate to have accomplished the following awards both as an individual and band member: Grade 1 World Bass Drum Champion (1999). Grade 2 World Pipe Band Champion (1997), and World Bass Drum Champion (1997). Three time Gold Medal Bass Drummer at MHAF Winter Storm.
Outside of the pipe band world, Steve is a Fire Captain and happily married to former two-time World Champion Highland Dancer, Natalie Anne Hall. Steve is the proud father of three children; Connor, Brennan, and Tess. Brennan is a piper competing in solos and a member of the Grade 4 RMM Pipe Band in BC, Canada. Tess is a Premier Highland Dancer. Both have followed in their parent’s Dancing and Pipe Band footsteps. Steve and his family live in Orange County, California.
Jenny Hazzard – Piping (Faculty and Performer)
Jenny is originally from Toronto, Canada, and learned piping from Michael Grey. She is a successful solo piper and has won many notable prizes, including the Silver Medal at Inverness, the ‘Gold Medal’ MSR at Maxville, the overall at Dunrobin Castle, and the Metro Cup in New York. Jenny was a member of the 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band in Toronto for eight years, before moving to Scotland and joining the Lothian & Borders Police Pipe Band in 2000. She was a member of the original Sprit of Scotland Pipe Band in 2008 and again on its re-forming in 2016. She played in the ‘Live in Ireland 87’ concert in Glasgow in 2016 and the ‘Live Back in Ireland’ event in Belfast in early 2017, and later joined Field Marshal Montgomery with whom she played the 2017 competition season and remains a member. Jenny lives in Edinburgh with her husband Colin MacLellan, and is a board director with ITPEnergised, an environment and energy consultancy.
Simon Hodgett – Drummer (Adjudicator, Performer, and Faculty)
Simon Hodgett hails from Blackskull, Northern Ireland. He began playing the snare drum at age 10, being tutored for numerous years by ex-Field Marshal Montgomery drummer Keith Gourley. During that same timeframe Simon was introduced to a pair of tenor sticks by pure chance, and it’s been a passion and obsession for him ever since.
In 2013 Simon joined St. Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band, this after a two year stint with the Northern Ireland band Seven Towers Pipe Band. Prior to Seven Towers, Simon played snare, tenor, and eventually bass drum for Banbridge Pipe Band.
“I’m very lucky to have been offered the opportunity to play under my drumming idols John Dunne and Stephen Creighton,” states Simon. With their excellent leadership he’s enjoyed successes in over 20 RSPBA & IPBA Major titles including three World Drumming Champion titles, and three Champion of Champion Grade 1 Drumming titles. In Northern Ireland & Ireland Simon continues to coordinate and instruct several bass sections and solo players.
Matt Kline – Piping (Faculty and Performer)
For well over twenty years, Matt has taught and played the Great Highland Bagpipe. Matt has traveled to many different States, Countries, and Continents as a result of learning this great instrument. Matt is graded as “Open/Professional” Piper in Light Music and Piobaireachd by the Midwest Pipe Band Association, and has been an Open/Professional competitor since the age of eighteen. He began bagpiping in the early 1990’s with the Kansas City Caledonian Pipe Band.
In the Kansas City St. Andrew Pipe Band, he helped the band achieve the U.S. Open Championships as well as Grade Two Midwest Championships, along with a first place in Piping at the World Pipe Band Championships in Grade Three A. As a member of the City of Chicago Pipe Band, he played in both their Grade Two and Grade One Bands. Matt previously served for two years as the Western Region Advisor for the Midwest Pipe Band Association and was also the first Chairman of their Education Committee.
He has instructed over five hundred students, with many who have had successful solo and band careers. Matt was a Board Member of the Midwest Highland Arts Fund (MHAF) or better known now as the “Winter Storm” Workshop and Competition, which he has also instructed at since the inception of the event. Matt is also the author of “Tablature for the Great Highland Bagpipe”, which was released in 2018 at the Winter Storm Workshop.
Jack Lee – Piping (Faculty and Performer)
For over 30 years, Jack Lee has been regarded as one of the world’s leading pipers. His accomplishments as a solo piper, pipe band leader and teacher cause him to be in great demand as a performer and teacher throughout the world.
As a Solo Piper, Jack has won all the top awards available, including:
The Gold Medal (Inverness and Oban, Scotland)
The Gold Clasp (twice) (Inverness, Scotland)
The Glenfiddich Overall Championship (Blair Atholl, Scotland)
The Glenfiddich Piobaireachd contest (three times) (Blair Atholl, Scotland)
The Senior Piobaireachd (twice) (Oban, Scotland)
The Silver Star for former winners MSR (four times) (Inverness, Scotland)
The Bratach Gorm (twice) (London, England)
The Gillies Cup (London, England)
17-times winner of the B.C. Pipers’ Association Annual Gathering
Jack has released a solo CD as part of Lismor’s World’s Greatest Piper Series. In 2001, Jack was voted “Competitive Piper of the Year” by Piper and Drummer Magazine.
Jack is the Pipe Sergeant and co-founder of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band. In 2009, the band won its 6th World Championship. The band has been an extremely consistent prizewinner at the World Championships during the past 20 years, having won either 1st or 2nd on fifteen occasions. The band has recorded 11 CDs and 2 videos, including CDs at New York’s Carnegie Hall and the magnificent Sydney Opera House. Their youth band (Robert Malcolm Memorial) has won the World Juvenile Championships on four occasions.
Jack’s dedicates many hours per week to private instruction at home and online around the world via Skype. Several of Jack’s students have gone on to win major solo prizes in Scotland. Jack teaches at many workshops and piping schools throughout North America and beyond each year.
Jack, and his brother Terry, were both awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada in 1999 for outstanding service to the country. Jack and his sons (Andrew, Colin and John) operate their family business making pipe chanter reeds for bands and soloists. In addition, Jack has made over 1,400 tunes from his own recording archives available on their website, www.leeandsonsbagpipes.com.
Terry Lee – Piping (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty)
Pipe Major Terry Lee is one of the most prominent and successful pipe band leaders in the world. Under his direction, the SFU Pipe Band captured the World Pipe Band Championship of 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2008 and 2009, and is one of only two bands in history to win both the Medley and MSR events at the World Championships more than once (MSR five times, Medley five times). Terry is also one of only seven Pipe Majors to win the World Championship more than twice.
His ability to produce superb band performances in both the contemporary and traditional style, and to significantly enhance the musicality and technique of his players is respected worldwide. Terry serves as General Manager of the well-known Scottish supplies store, Tartantown. On September 10, 1999 P/M Terry Lee and P/S Jack Lee were each presented with Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal by Governor General Romeo LeBlanc in Quebec City, Quebec.
Stuart Liddell – Piping (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty)
Stuart Liddell, from Inveraray, started piping at the age of nine and was originally taught by his grandfather, the late Pipe Major Ronald McCallum MBE. Following his grandfather, Stuart had a year’s tuition with the late Arthur Gillies. He has also had tuition from Jim Henderson and Hugh MacCallum.
For seven years he was a member of the Scottish Power Pipe Band thereafter joining the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band from Vancouver, Canada with whom he played for eleven years. Stuart is one of the world’s most exciting pipers and is noted for his excellent solo performances and recordings at numerous Simon Fraser University Pipe Band concerts. In 2017, Stuart became only the 2nd piper in history to have won both The Clasp at the Northern Meeting and take a Grade 1 band to victory as Pipe Major at the World Pipe Band Championships.
Solo achievements include: Gold Medal (Northern Meeting, Inverness), Gold Medal (Argyllshire Gathering, Oban), Scottish Pipers Association and Scots Guards Knockout Competitions, Piping Live! Masters (twice – Glasgow), Dan Reid Memorial (San Francisco), Dunvegan Medal, Bratach Gorm & Overall Winner (Highland Society of London Competition), Metro Cup (NY), Donald MacDonald Quaich (Skye), Silver Star Former Winners MSR (thrice – Argyllshire Gathering, Oban), Silver Star Former Winners MSR (twice – Northern Meeting, Inverness), Senior Piobaireachd (four times – Argyllshire Gathering, and Oban twice), Clasp (thrice – Northern Meeting, Inverness), and Glenfiddich Piping Championship (twice).
Band achievements include: World Pipe Band Championships (1999, 2001 and 2008). Formation of Inveraray & District Pipe Band (2004). Novice Juvenile World Pipe Band Championship winner (2007) and Juvenile winner (2008). Winner Grade 2 Scottish, British, European, World and Cowal Pipe Band Championships (2009). Winner World Pipe Band Championships Grade 1 (2017).
R S MacDonald – Piping (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty)
Originally from Inverness, Scotland, Roddy MacDonald now resides in Japan and is a professional Piper. His late father, William MacDonald (Benbecula) was a double Gold Medalist and Clasp winner. His grandfather was Pipe Major of the 1st Battalion Highland Light Infantry.
Roddy retired earlier this year as the longest serving Pipe Major for the Queensland Police Service Pipe Band (Australia). A post he held for 15 years. He teaches regularly both at his home and on Skype. Previously band affiliations include Invergordon Distillery, British Caledonian Airways, and Dan Air Pipe Bands.
One of the most renowned bagpipe music composers of the modern era, his compositions have been played by Simon Fraser University, Inveraray & District, Shotts & Dykehead, Field Marshall Montgomery, Vale of Atholl, Boghall & Bathgate, Manawatu, Canterbury Caledonian, Scottish Power, and a host of other Pipe Bands. Most notably, a number of Roddys tunes were recorded by the late Gordon Duncan and The Vale Of Atholl under Pipe Major Ian Duncan. He is known for his innovative style and most recently has been writing for bagpipe and Symphony Orchestra. His orchestral composition, “The Fallen” was recorded for charity by the Red Hot Chilli Pipers in 2016 and the accompanying video has been viewed over 4 million times.
Roddy released a CD on the Greentrax Label in 2003 entitled “Good Drying”. He also published a book of composition “R S Macdonald – The Collection” in 2009. Many of his other compositions are to be found in other piping books and he is a regular contributor to the bi-monthly “Modern Piping” Magazine. Roddy is an Approved Light Music Judge on the Solo Piping Judges Association (Scotland) panel.
Roddy MacLeod – Piping (Adjudicator, Performer, and Faculty)
As Principal of The National Piping Centre, established in Glasgow in 1996, Roddy MacLeod has been a prominent driving force behind such highly significant initiatives including; Scottish Music (Piping) BA degree program, establishment of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland, inauguration of Piping Live!, Glasgow International Piping Festival, and the formation of the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board. In addition, Roddy has also been responsible for the production and editing of three influential teaching books, the National Piping Centre’s Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book, Piobaireachd Tutor (and the associated Transition to Bagpipes book).
A student of the late Duncan Johnstone, he played with the Red Hackle and British Caledonian Airways Pipe Bands, the last of which became the ScottishPower Pipe Band. In 1995, Roddy MacLeod became its Pipe Major, and over the next decade, led it to over 45 Grade 1 Championship prizes including the Cowal Championships and All Ireland Championships. In 2008, Roddy was involved in the formation of the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band which brought together a group of elite solo pipers and drummers for one week. The band with Roddy as its Pipe Major played in Grade 1 at the World Pipe Band Championship and qualified for the final. A movie called “On the Day” was made documenting the band’s preparations and performances. The band reformed in the 2015 season, again qualifying for the final or the Grade 1 World championship and achieving places in the British, European and UK Championships.
As a soloist, Roddy MacLeod won his first Gold Medal at the Northern Meeting in 1986, and the Argyllshire Gathering Gold Medal in 1988. Alongside innumerable successes as a light music competitor, Roddy flourished as a player and interpreter of piobaireachd.
He has won the Glenfiddich Piping Championship five times (winning the piobaireachd event a record ten times and the MSR three times), the Silver Chanter seven times, the Northern Meeting Clasp on two occasions, Bi-centenary medal (1988), Former Winners MSR, the Senior Piobaireachd at the Argyllshire Gathering twice, and the Former Winner MSR twice. At the Scottish Piping Society of London Championship he has won the Bratach Gorm eight times, the Gillies Cup Open Piobaireachd nine times, the Former Winners London Medallion MSR five times, and the Overall Championship eight times. He continues to be a dynamic and exceptionally successful competitor. He is internationally esteemed as a teacher, adjudicator and recitalist and, for more than 20 years, his warm, strong-sounding 100 year-old Lawrie pipes have given immense pleasure to audiences around the world.
In 2003, he was made a Member of the British Empire in recognition of his services to piping, and in 2004 was awarded the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for Music. In 2012 Roddy was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Awards Hall of Fame
Steven McWhirter – Drummer (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty)
Steven McWhirter is a native of Northern Ireland and now resides in Falkirk, Scotland with his wife Grace and two children Harry and Maggie. He has won the Adult World Solo Drumming Championships on seven occasions, the most current in October, 2016. He is a full time drumming instructor with the Edinburgh Academy & Dollar Academy Pipe Bands. Since he took over the leadership of the Inveraray and District Pipe Band their drum corps has steadily risen to become one of the top drum corps in the world.
Steven began drumming in 1993 at the age of 10, with initial lessons from his father, Dessie. Steven joined his local Cullybackey Pipe Band in 1994, receiving snare instruction from Adrian Hoy. During his time under Adrian’s instruction Steven won many Juvenile and Junior solo competitions including the Worlds Juvenile section one on two occasions. He remained under the direction of Adrian until Cullybackey won the Grade 2 World Drumming title in 2001. It was then, in 2002 that J. Reid Maxwell approached him to join the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band.
Between the years of 2002 – 2008 he travelled from his home in Northern Ireland to compete, teach and perform with the band in British Columbia. During his time in SFU Steven won the North American Pipe Band Championships (2002), World Pipe Band Championships (2008) and the World Pipe Band Drumming Championships (2004 & 2008).
As leading drummer of the Inveraray and District Pipe Band, Steven has led the drum corps, and band, to several RSPBA major championship wins.
“Ian K” began playing at the age of eight years old and was taught by his father, P/M John MacDonald. At thirteen he received instruction from Jim McGillivray who introduced Ian and his older brother, Craig to Piobaireachd. This was the year he also became a member of the Toronto Police Pipe Band where he continues as a member, becoming Pipe Major in 1996.
In 1995 Ian won the Canadian Gold Medal and in 1997 he won the “A” grade Strathspey and Reel at Oban and Inverness. In 2016 Ian accomplished one of his career goals in solo piping by winning a Gold Medal. He was extremely delighted to have won both Gold Medals at Oban and Inverness in the same year. With this accomplishment, he received his second invitation to the prestigious Glenfiddich Piping Competition.
In 2017 Ian has been busy with invitations to Winter Storm, the Metro Cup, Donald MacLeod Memorial, Donald MacDonald Quaich, and the Silver Chanter. While in Skye he won the Dunvegan Medal and placed 2nd in the Senior Piobaireachd at the Argyllshire Gathering in Oban (earning him his third invitation to the Glenfiddich). He was awarded the 2017 Ontario Champion Supreme for Professional Piobaireachd and Light Music by the Piper’s and Pipe Band Society of Ontario. Ian is a Detective with the Toronto Police Service and a proud husband of the beautiful Brenda, and father to Colin (18), Cameron (16 and the 2017 Grade 3 Ontario Champion Supreme for Solo Snare Drumming), and the lovely Ashlyn (15).
Colin MacLellan was born in Dingwall, Rosshire in 1958. He learned the pipes from an early age from John D. Crichton at George Heriot’s School, who was his principal teacher until around 1973 when the influence of father John A. MacLellan became predominant.
Starting his competitive career in Scotland, Colin started playing in Open competitions in 1976. He moved to Canada in 1977 at eighteen years of age and spent the next 22 years in the province of Ontario. He has won most of the top competitions including the Gold Medals at Inverness and Oban as well as the Silver Chanter on two occasions.
In 1986 he moved to Glengarry County Ontario, where he was appointed Piping Teacher for the Stormont Dundas and Glengarry County School Board as well as the Pipe Major of the Glengarry Pipe Band. Teaching at three different high schools, he was also the Director of the Glengarry School of Piping and Drumming.
In the early 1990’s Colin studied Political Science at Carleton University in Ottawa, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree, and later at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario achieving a Bachelor of Education degree. He holds Teaching and Graduate Certificates from the Institute of Piping as well as a Province of Ontario Teaching Certificate.
In 1992 Colin also recorded Volume 11 in Lismor’s “World’s Greatest Pipers” series.
In 1999 Colin and his wife Jenny Hazzard moved to Scotland, with Colin taking up a position as Head of Piping Studies, being responsible for educational initiatives at the National Piping Centre as well being instrumental in the creation of the BA Scottish Music (Piping) degree.
In 1999 Colin was appointed the Pipe Major of the Lothian and Borders Police Pipe Band, as well as becoming the President of Scotland’s Competing Pipers Association in 2000.
In 2001 Colin became Piping Teacher at The Edinburgh Academy where he spent a fruitful seven years, during which time he served as Chairman of CPA’s Grading Committee. He was appointed a Senior Judge of Scotland’s Joint Committee for Judging upon his retirement from competition in 2007. He is currently a member of the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band and in 2016 Colin is recorded and published a book and CD of his father’s complete piobaireachd compositions.
In August of 2016 Colin was appointed Director of Piping at The College of Piping.
A Canadian Citizen as well as UK national, Colin lives and in Edinburgh with his wife Jenny Hazzard. He has a daughter, Emily Kate, who plays with success in amateur solo competitions, and a son Iain, who plays with the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa.
Stevie McQuillan – Tenor Drumming (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty)
Stevie McQuillan of Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band is ranked amongst the worlds most prestigious and accomplished pipe band drummers and the record holder of 6 world bass section and 6 world drum corps championships whilst massing over 45 major Pipe Band Championships wins to date. Stevie specialises in the development of the modern bass section as both a snare and tenor drummer, encompassing competitive Grade 1 experience since 1981.
His charismatic and energetic teaching style is well renowned through delivering; master classes, seminars, certificated courses, examinations for the PDQB and Adjudicating throughout the UK, Europe and North America . He has also held office within the RSPBA National Council and Music Board and has pioneered the development of the solo tenor drumming scene in Scotland. Professionally, Stevie leads a Leadership development company – moon developments UK Ltd, and is partner in Pro-line tenor sticks whilst also being involved in drum design with Andante percussion.
Duncan Millar – Snare Drumming (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty)
Flank drummer for the past twenty years with SFU, Duncan Millar has won several grade one pipe band championships. Included are four World Championships, and four World Drum Corps Championships (North American, South American, New Zealand, and Australian championships).
Duncan has performed in numerous large venue concerts and competitions for SFU, including Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and the finals at the World Solo Drumming Championships. North American solo drumming awards have also been achieved over the same time frame, highlighted by final round appearances at the World Solo Drumming Championships. Duncan is a lawyer in Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, Canada and a drumming and ensemble adjudicator with the British Columbia Piper’s Association.
Fred Morrison – Piping (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty)
Although double Gold medalist Fred Morrison was born and raised near Glasgow, it’s the celebrated Gaelic piping tradition of his father’s native South Uist, in the Outer Hebrides, that forms the bedrock of his intensely expressive, uniquely adventurous style.
His outstanding technical prowess saw him winning top competition prizes while still at school. That said, his first-love instrument remains the great Highland bagpipes. Fred being a pivotal popularizer of this once-rare variety, over the years his mastery has expanded to encompass whistles, Scottish small and reel pipes, and Irish uilleann pipes.
Fred has long been renowned as an outstanding tune composer, with numerous compositions featured in the repertoire of top pipe bands globally.
Michael O’Neil- Tenor Drumming (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty)
Michael began playing the drums in 1994 and soon after received Tenor Drum instruction from Liza and David McAdam, and Norman “Haggis” McLeod. In 1996 he joined the Prince Charles Pipe Band of San Francisco and won the World Pipe Band Championships in grade 2 with the band (as well as obtaining the best bass section prize in 2000).
After taking the 2005 season off he joined the RMM II Pipe Band of Vancouver and went on to win the 2006 World Pipe Band Championships in grade 2. From the fall of 2006-2015 he was a member of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band and in that time won the World Pipe Band Championships in grade 1 (to include the best drum corps prizes in 2008 and 2009). In the fall of 2008 the Simon Fraser University bass section was awarded the Hosbilt Cup by the Pipes/Drums readers’ choice on-line pole.
On the solo circuit Mike has been the WUSPBA solo champion on many occasions and he has also won the gold medal tenor event at Winter Storm in Kansas City on two occasions. He currently resides in Carmel, CA.
Jason Paguio – Drum Major (Performer and Faculty)
From Chula Vista, California, Jason Paguio is a 5-time World Champion Drum Major (2004 Juvenile; 2007, 2010, 2013, 2014 Adult). In 2007, he made international history by becoming the first person from outside the United Kingdom to win the World Drum Major Championships.
A classically trained trumpet player, Jason’s original training as a drum major was in American-style marching band. He currently serves as Policy Advisor to City of Chula Vista Councilmember Steve Miesen and is a Managing Partner of Regimental Mace Company, LLC and President and Founder of the non-profit marching arts organizations World Drum Major Association, Inc. and Parade Band Foundation, Inc.
Drum Major Paguio is proud to represent the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band as their drum major, performing, teaching, and competing worldwide.
Richard Parkes, MBE – Piping (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty)
Richard has been Pipe Major of 12-time World Champion Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band since 1981, making history by leading FMM to become the most successful pipe band ever to come from Northern Ireland. Richard was honored with an MBE from Her Majesty The Queen in 2004 for recognition of his services to pipe band music in Northern Ireland. Although Richard has always put the band first, he also managed to win 7 All Ireland Senior Solo Championships, eight Northern Ireland Piper of the Year titles, nine Ulster Senior Championships, as well as winning the Strachan in London, the Jig in Inverness and a number of other prizes at major solo competitions.
Jim Sim – Snare Drumming (President MWPBA, Adjudicator)
Jim Sim started drumming lessons with his Father at the age of 8. His first band was the Stock Yard Kilty Band from Chicago. He worked his way up the solo ranks and eventually was placed in the Open. His early influences in drumming were from his father and John Kirkwood Sr. from St. Catharines, Ontario. In 1975 along with Pipe Major Ian Swinton the new Midlothian Scottish Pipe Band was formed. The band started in Grade 4. The band with Jim as the Leading Drummer went on to win many titles. In 1985 the band was promoted to Grade 1 which finished one of the band’s early goals which was to go from Grade 4 to Grade 1 in ten years using mostly players taught by Ian and Jim. Midlothian won many titles several times including the U.S. Open Championship, and the North American Championship and several placings in the top 6 at the World Championships.
Jim retired from active playing after the 2009 season to devote more time to teaching and judging. Jim has taught many young players who have gone on to win many contests of their own as well as many of the bands in North America. Jim has also had the honor of playing with The Chieftains, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He is currently a Full Adjudicator, President of the MidWest Pipe Band Association, and President of ANAPBA (Alliance of North American Pipe Band Associations). When not playing he enjoys spending time with his wife Barb and their 3 children and one Grandchild and following the White Sox and Black Hawks.
Doug Stronach – Snare Drumming (Concert Director, Adjudicator, and Faculty)
Doug Stronach is one of North America’s top pipe band players and educators. He is a World Junior Solo Snare Drum Champion, winner of the Scottish, British and European Championships, as well as top-six World Championship finishes with bands both in Scotland and Canada. He was the leading drummer of the Toronto Police and Peel Regional Police Pipe Bands with multiple Grade 1 North American Drum Corps Awards. He recently retired from competition with the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band from Vancouver, BC.
He has taught and played throughout the world including Canada, USA, South America, South Africa, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, France, Germany, Sicily and the UK and has authored five books on Pipe Band Drumming including North America’s best-selling beginner tutor book.
Doug is an accredited judge and holds the highest level of certificate in drumming from the combined Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, The Army School of Piping and Drumming, and the Institute of Piping, known collectively as the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board. He is also a qualified assessor for the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association’s Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board. he lives in Toronto, Canada.
Tristan Wilson – Piping (Faculty)
Tristan Wilson is the Pipe Major of the Grade 2 Midlothian Scottish Pipe Band of Lombard, Illinois and was the Pipe Sergeant of the Grade 1 City of Chicago Pipe Band. Originally from Kansas, he is a third generation member of the Kansas City St. Andrew Pipes and Drums. While he has taken time off from active solo competition due to the arrival of his three young children, he remains actively involved as a piping instructor, judge, pipe major, and member of the MidWest Pipe Band Association. Tristan is a registered Open piper and registered amateur-level snare drummer and has been a piping instructor at Winter Storm for over 10 years.