Faculty

(Subject to Change) Many thanks to our amazing Volunteer Faculty, Performers, and Adjudicators

THE FOLLOWING IS FROM LAST YEAR. 2018 LIST WILL BE POSED SOON. 


Callum Beaumont – Piping (Adjudicator, Performer, and Faculty)callumbeaumontphoto185_000

Callum Beaumont has won almost every major soloist prize and recently became the youngest piper in history to win the Clasp. He has also earned both Highland Society of London Gold Medals, and was the champion piper at the 2014 London events. Callum lives in Linlithgow, West Lothian and is a piping instructor at Dollar Academy.

In addition to his solo piping success, Callum has won the World Pipe Band Championships with Simon Fraser University Pipe Band and Shotts & Dykehead Pipe Band.

 


Hugh Cameron – Snare Drumming (Adjudicator, and Faculty)hughcameronw197

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.

 

 


Kahlil Cappuccino – Bass Drumming (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty)kahlil185_000

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Kahlil Cappuccino resides in Ottawa, Canada and is the bass drummer for the 78th Highlanders Halifax Citadel Pipe Band. In 2008 Kahlil was a member of the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band.

Kahlil won the Gold Medal for bass drumming at Winter Storm in 2008 amd 2015, and was the Grade 2 best bass at the 2004 World Pipe Band Championships.

 


Stephen Creighton – Snare Drumming (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty)creighton

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)p-majbriandonaldsonscotsguards_cropped_w185

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)kenellercropped

Ken Eller, also known as “The Captain”, has had a 50 year piping career 15 times a winner of the North American Pipe Band Championships with two bands: the 78th Fraser Highlanders and the Clan MacFarlane Pipe Band. He is now retired from active competition and has expanded his teaching career with on line lessons. He has been a member of the Piper’s and Pipe Band Society of Ontario (PPBSO) since 1962 and is also a member of EUSPBA, the Eastern US Pipe Band Association. In 1984/85 he was admitted to the panel of Adjudicators for both of these organizations. Most recently (2005), he has been accepted by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) to their panel as an international adjudicator.

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, you will find him teaching at the various summer schools across North America and judging at Highland Games both here and in Scotland.

He is married to Diane, an internationally recognized triathlete and former age group world champion. They have two children, Lindsay, 33 and Cameron, 29.


 

John Fisher – Snare Drumming (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty)johnfisher

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.

 

 


Ann Gray – Piping (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty)ann-gray_185

Originally from Nova Scotia on Canada’s East Coast, Ann Gray started playing bagpipes at the age 10. She quickly progressed through the amateur grades and into the Professional ranks of solo piping. She spent a number of years teaching and playing at the Gaelic College in Cape Breton, and also earned a Master of Arts degree in Celtic Studies from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

Ann moved west to Calgary, Alberta after finishing university, and quickly established herself in the local piping and pipe band scene, not only as a piper but also as a snare drummer. In addition to numerous solo piping prizes throughout North America and Scotland, Ann is also a composer. She has published two volumes of bagpipe music, and many of her tunes can be found on pipe band, solo piping, and folk group recordings as well as her own CDs: A Twist in the Tale, Shouting at Magpies, and Tales of Magpies and Ravens.

Ann’s solo piping awards include include the MacCrimmon Cairn for piobaireachd and the professional piping aggregate at the BC Pipers’ Indoor competition, the Stone Mountain Highland Games Invitational Piobaireachd and open piping aggregate, the United States Piping Foundation aggregate, and the Dunvegan Medal at the Skye Gathering; placings in the North American Gold Medal piobaireachd at Kansas City, in the A-grade piobaireachd at the Cowal Gathering and also in the Clasp to the Dunvegan Medal at the Skye Gathering; and she has also earned the Alberta Society of Pipers and Drummers Professional Piping Annual Aggregate awards for both piobaireachd and light music numerous times.

A member of the Grade 1 Los Angeles Scots Pipe band and of the folk group Seanachie, based out of Calgary, Alberta, Ann is also an accredited adjudicator on the panel of her home association, the Alberta Society of Pipers and Drummers.


 

Jake Jørgensen – Snare Drumming (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty)jakejorgensenw185

Born and raised in Denmark, Jake started playing the drums in 1991 at the age of 11 and enjoyed playing with several different pipe bands in Denmark. With inspiration from both local and visiting instructors, he soon developed a passion for pipe band drumming. In November 2000 he moved to Scotland to join the drum corps of the Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band, led by Jim Kilpatrick MBE. During his time with the band he took part in winning all of the major championships, including the grade 1 World Pipe Band Championships in 2003 & 2005. During Jake’s time in Shotts, the Drum Corps won all 5 major championships many times over, including the World Drum Corp title in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2014 and seven Champion of Champions Drum Corps titles.

In October 2010, after 10 years with Shotts, Jake took on the Leading Drummer position with the Lothian & Borders Police Pipe Band, where he began to build his own corps. Following the disbanding of the L&B band in late 2012 Jake returned to Shotts where he and the drum corps went on to regain the World Drum Corps Title in 2014.
In October 2014, Jake was appointed the new Leading Drummer of ScottishPower Pipe Band, where he is currently preparing the corps for the new season.
Jake is a regular finalist at the World Solo Drumming Championships, his best result being a 6th place at 2014 World Solos.

Solo Drumming Achievements:
2000 1st – Copenhagen Winter Competition – M/S/R Former Winners
2000 1st – Copenhagen Winter Competition – H/J Former Winners
2000 1st – Scandinavian Solo Drumming Champion of Champions
2001 1st – Copenhagen Winter Competition – M/S/R Former Winners
2001 1st – Copenhagen Winter Competition – H/J Former Winners
2001 1st – Scandinavian Solo Drumming Champion of Champions
2004 10th – World Solo Drumming Final
2005 2nd – Winter Storm Gold Medal Competition (KC)
2010 1st – Kingdom Thistle Solo Drumming Competition
2011 1st – Kingdom Thistle Solo Drumming Competition
2013 8th – World Solo Drumming Final
2014 6th – World Solo Drumming Final

Jake’s expertise as a teacher, judge and performer is in demand at summer schools, workshops and competitions across the world. Some of his favourite events so far have been the Winter Storm competitions (Kansas City), the St. Thomas Episcopal Summer School (Texas), the BC Indoors (Vancouver) and the Scandinavian Summer School (Denmark).

Jake lives with his wife, Nicola, in Edinburgh (Scotland) where he works as a full time Drumming Instructor at George Heriot’s School. The school band completed their first competitive season in 2011 and have since then gone on to win several major drum corps titles, including the Wold Drum Corps Title in Novice Juvenile in 2014. George Heriot’s School now has three competing bands across the Juvenile & Novice Juvenile grades.


Matt Kline – Piping (Faculty and Performer)mattkline

Matt began piping with the William Jewell College Caledonian Pipe Band, ultimately serving as Pipe Sergeant at the age of fifteen. From there he joined the Kansas City St. Andrew Pipes and Drums, helping them win numerous competitions, including placing second overall in piping in Grade 3 at the 2001 World Pipe Band Championships. Matt competed with the band during their formidable years in Grade Two and served as registered instructor and Pipe Major of the first ever Grade Five Band of the organization.

He has been an assistant instructor at Winter Storm since its inception and was also an original founding Director of the Winter Storm Workshop. Matt currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Midwest Pipe Band Association and President of the Missouri Valley Competitive Piping and Drumming Society. His instructors have included Andrew Wright, Lindsay Kirkwood, Jake Watson, Jim Higgins, Ken Eller and Donald McBride.


Jack Lee – Piping (Faculty and Performer)jackatblaircastle-2011_181w

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)terrylee

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.

 


Ian K. MacDonald – Piping (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty)  ian-k-macdonald

“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 to Piobaireachd. This was the year he joined the ranks of the Toronto Police Pipe Band where he has remained a member eventually taking over as Pipe Major from his father in 1996. Ian has recently received instruction from Bill Livingstone and Peter Aumonier.

In 1997 Ian won the “A” grade Strathspey and Reel at Oban and Inverness.

In 2014 and 2015 Ian was awarded the Champion Supreme award for Light Music and Piobaireachd by the Piper’s and Pipe Band Society of Ontario and he placed second in the Gold Medal at Oban (2014) and Inverness (2015).

In 2016 Ian became one of twelve piper’s ever to win the “Double” Gold medal in Piobaireachd at Oban and Inverness and he received his second invitation to the Glenfiddich Piping Championship at Blair Atholl Castle capping off one of his finest years in his solo piping career.


Colin MacLellan – Piping (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty) colinmaclellan_000

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.


Willie McCallum – Piping (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty)williemccallum

Willie is a native of Campbeltown, Kintyre, where he learned piping from his uncles Ronald and Hugh, who has won every prize in piping, including both Gold Medals, four Clasps, and six Silver Chanters and the Glenfiddich Championship. Willie also came under the guidance of P/M Ronald McCallum MBE, his father’s cousin.

He has won almost every prize available including both Gold Medals, Former Winners MSR at Oban five times and Inverness four times, the Senior Piobaireachd at Oban three times, Silver Chanter three times, Bratach Gorm four times and the Glenfiddich Championship eight times. Last year he qualified for the Glenfiddich for the 25thtime in succession.

Willie has won the Bratach Gorm and Overall at London, the Piping Live Masters and the Former Winners March, Strathspey and Reel at the Northern Meeting. He was also the overall winner of the P/M Donald MacLeod Memorial in Stornoway and the Springbank Invitational, both for the eighth time.

Willie lives in Bearsden with his wife Christine and children Hailey and Scott.He runs his own piping business, Willie McCallum Piping, which has a broad range of activities including performing, teaching, as well as selling bagpipes and acting as a consultant to McCallum Bagpipes Ltd, in Kilmarnock.


Stevie McQuillan – Tenor Drumming (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty)steviemcquillen

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) 

Duncan is a snare drummer with the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band. He won four World’s (99, 01, 08, 09) and four Best Drum Corps titles (99, 04, 08, 09) with SFU and won many North American solo drumming prizes. Duncan appeared in the final round at the World Solo Drumming Championships numerous times and practices law in Vancouver, B.C., and Seattle, WA. He enjoys cycling, traveling and eating.

 

 


Fred Morrison – Piping (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty)fredmorrison2_1_cropped_185w_001

A double Gold Medal-winning Highland Piper, Fred Morrison was born and raised in Bishopton, near Glasgow. Over, the years his mastery expanded to encompass whistles, Scottish smallpipes and Reelpipes Morrison being a pivotal populariser of this once-rare variety.

A former member of both the landmark Scottish supergroup Clan Alba and contemporary Celtic stars Capercaillie, Fred featured with the latter in the Hollywood movie Rob Roy.

His latest album project, Outlands, featuring such top Americana luminaries as producer Gary Paczosa (Dolly Parton, Dixie Chicks, Nickel Creek), banjo/guitar ace Ron Block (Alison Krauss & Union Station) and Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Brien, sets out to explore the inherent connections Morrison perceives between their traditions and his.

Fred is an experienced, energetic and generous teacher to students of all playing abilities. He combines 30 years’ performance experience with an ability to create a comfortable learning atmosphere which puts every student at ease.


Michael O’Neil- Tenor Drumming (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty)michaeloneil

Michael began playing the drums in 1994 and soon after received Tenor Drum instruction from Liza and David McAdam, and Norman “Haggis” McLeod. He joined the Prince Charles Pipe Band of San Francisco in 1996.

In 2000, He won the World Pipe Band Championships in grade 2 with the Prince Charles band and obtained the best bass section prize as well. After taking the 2005 season off from pipe bands, he joined the RMM II pipe band of Vancouver and went on to win the 2006 World Pipe Band Championships in grade 2. In the fall of 2006 he joined the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band and in 2008/9 won the World Pipe Band Championships in grade 1 as well as the best drum corp prize. In the fall of 2008 the SFU 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 Winterstorm in Kansas City on two occasions. He currently resides in Carmel, CA.


Jason Paguio – Drum Major (Performer and Faculty)jason_000

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-_185

Richard has been Pipe Major of 11-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.

 

 


Johnny Rowe – Bass Drumming (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty) johnnyrowephoto

After successful development as a snare drummer on the Maritime Canadian solo circuit, Johnny Rowe joined the Grade 2 Halifax Police Pipe Band in 1990, and began his bass drumming career.
The band won the North American Championship, including Best Bass Section honors.

John continued playing with Halifax into their new existence as The 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) Pipe Band.

Johnny joined the 78th Fraser Highlanders in Toronto in 2004, and in 2007 helped win Best Drum Corps and Best Bass Section at the World Pipe Band Championships. He is the current PPBSO Champion Supreme in professional bass drumming.


Jim Sim – Snare Drumming (President MWPBA, Adjudicator)jimsim_cropped_185w

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 and President of the MidWest Pipe Band Association. 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)dougstronach_july2011w197_000

Doug Stronach is one of North America’s top pipe band players and educators. He is a World Junior Solo Snare Drum Champion and winner of the Scottish, British and European Pipe Band Championships. He has been the leading drummer of both the Toronto Police and Peel Regional Police Pipe Bands and winner of two Grade 1 North American Drum Corps Awards. He is the author of five books on pipe band drumming and has played and taught many clinics and events throughout the world including Canada, USA, South Africa, Chile, France, Germany, Sicily, and the UK. He is also an accredited judge and frequently judges contests throughout North America. He currently plays with the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band from Vancouver, British Columbia.

Doug is the Director of Winter Storm – The Pipes and Drums Concert


Terry Tully – Piping (Adjudicator, Performer, and Faculty) terry-tully-for-web

Terry Tully’s name is synonymous with Traditional Irish Music In the world of bagpipes. His accomplishments both as a solo player, composer and as Pipe Major of the Dublin based St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band have undoubtedly boosted the credibility of Irish piping and pipe bands.
Terry became Pipe Major of St. Laurence O’Toole (SLOT) in 1984, upon the untimely death of his famous father, PM Tommy Tully. He held that position until his retirement in 2014. Under Terry’s leadership, SLOT was promoted to grade 1 and in 2004, placed in all five Major championships. In 2008, the band won the Scottish and British Championships, and was runner-up in the European and Cowal Championships and placed 5th overall at the World Championships, winning the Champion of Champions in Grade 1. In 2010, the band’s centenary year, the band won the World, European and All-Ireland Championships.

 

 


Paul Turner – Snare Drumming (Adjudicator, Performer, and Faculty)paulturner_cropped_185w

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Paul started drumming at the age of five under the
tutorship of his father.

In 1977 he became a founding member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary Pipe Band
and served as lead drummer. In 1989, Paul won the World Solo Drumming Championship in Glasgow.

Paul was lead drummer of the Victoria Police Pipe Band, 1998 World Pipe Band Champions. Paul returned as Lead Drummer of the Robert Wiseman Dairies Vale Of Atholl Pipe Band in September 2005, and retired after the 2010 season.

Paul has been a member of the R.S.P.B.A. adjudicator’s panel since 1982 and has
served on the music board on a number of occasions. He has traveled throughout
Europe, North America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa teaching and
adjudicating.


Tristan Wilson – Piping (Faculty)tristanwilsoncropped

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.