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Winter Storm Volunteer Performers, Adjudicators, and Faculty

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Many Thanks to These Amazing Musicians for Volunteering Their Time and Talent!


Chris Apps- Piping (Adjudicator)


Chris has been playing pipes since the age of ten and was originally taught by James Archibald
Templeton from Lesmahagow Lanarkshire. Archie taught many young players over the years
and had the Juvenile Champion of Champions band back in 1953. Chris took further
piobaireachd tutelage from Pipe Major Evan MacRae but mostly from Bob Brown Jr. the son of
Bob Brown of Balmoral.


Chris went on to great success in professional competitions throughout the UK and whilst
competing around the games was asked to come over to the States in 1986 to join the then
grade one Kansas City St Andrews Pipe Band. After a number of happy years in America Chris returned to the UK and started his reedmaking business which has grown from strength to strength and become internationally renowned over the last 22 years.

During the 1990’s Chris joined the grade two Clan Sutherland pipe band in the UK and became
the ‘soundman’ for the band, making the reeds and tuning the band for competition. With Chris’
ear and knowledge the band went on to become the grade two Champion of Champions in


Chris was honored to be asked to be Pipe Major of the prestigious Scottish Piping Society of
London soon after this and gratefully accepted the position. During this time Chris became an
associate judge with the Joint Committee for judging for both light music and Piobaireachd.
Chris has now relocated to the States and is continuing to make world class reeds, conduct
workshops, teach and is now a qualified judge with the MWPBA for both band and solo







Matt Bellia - Tenor Drumming (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty)


Matt Bellia is an internationally renowned competitor and instructor.


In his solo career, Matt is a two time MHAF- Winter Storm Gold Medalist, three time winner of the Agnew-Harrison Invitational, two time winner of the Maxville North American Championship, and two time winner of the Alma Michigan US Professional Championship. Additionally, Matt has won over 5 Professional Champion Supreme titles, awarded by the Pipers and Pipe Band Society of Ontario.


In his band career, Matt has been a member of the 78th Fraser Highlanders since 2008 and currently coordinates their Bass Section,


Having taught coast-to-coast within Canada, to individual sessions across North America and Europe, Matt has partnered with various groups to aid in the improvement and development of all musicians.












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.





Michael Cole - Bass Drumming (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty)


Michael Cole began his pipe band career in 1987. In addition to bass drumming, Mike has experience as a lead drummer as well as a tenor drummer. In 1998 he won the “Best Bass” award at the World Pipe Band Championships in Grade Two. His bass sections have won five best bass awards at the North American Pipe Band Championships including Grade One in 2007, and 2011. Mike won the Midwest Highland Arts Gold Medal in the professional bass drumming competition in Kansas City in 2007 and 2013. In 2010 Mike was a guest bass drummer for Inveraray and District Pipe Band and played all of the major contests with them in Scotland that season. During that summer he also trained his replacement, Mark Kenny Stark, a rising young star in the U.K. pipe band scene. A professional educator, Mike instructs at workshops, seminars, and summer camps in North America and Scotland. He is the owner of Twisted Thistle, manufacturer of The Twisted Thistle bass drum mallet series. Mike currently plays the bass for The Greater Midwest Pipe Band and he is a featured artist with Premier Percussion.





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 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)


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.







Jake Jørgensen - Snare Drumming (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty)


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)


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.





photo of Matt Kline



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,





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.




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Iain MacHarg - Piping/Small Pipes (Faculty and Performer)


Iain MacHarg has been a familiar face at the highland games since very early in his life. As his father is one on the premier bagpipe builders in the world, it is no surprise that Iain developed into a well respected and accomplished professional level player. Throughout his life, he has received instruction from a variety of teachers. The majority of his early instruction was provided by Tom Kirckpatrick, and P.M. George F. Ritchie. More recently, Iain has studied with Bruce Gandy, Scott MacAulay, Jack Lee, Jack Taylor and Andrew Wright, but is currently studying with Donald Lindsay.


In addition to competing as a solo piper, Iain has also been involved in many other aspects of Celtic music. He has founded several Pipe Bands in Vermont, most notably the Catamount Pipe Band who placed 4th in grade 4A at the World Pipe Band Championships in 2013. He is also a member of two touring folk groups: Prydein and Tonn, and has played with performers such as: the Chieftains, Wendy MacIsaac, Jerry O’Sullivan, Paddy Kennan, Buddy and Natalie MacMaster. Iain’s solo album, Rooted in Tradition, and his Christmas Album are sold in many areas of the world. Iain has also published Feadan Mor, a collection of original tunes for the bagpipe. After completing his Masters of Education at the University of Vermont, Iain applied his education in a way that his professors never would have imagined. He has created the Vermont Institute of Celtic Arts, a cultural centre dedicated to the promotion of Gaelic music and culture. Iain holds the senior teaching certificate from the College of Piping, PEI. He won 4 out of 9 categories in the 2008 EUSPBA composing contest. He currently works as Vermont’s only full-time piping instructor, and is also a music professor at Norwich University. In addition to his approximately 90 solo students, Iain also in great demand for highland pipe, smallpipe, and band workshops.





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


Colin MacLellan was born in Dingwall, Rossshire in 1958, the family moving to Edinburgh shortly afterwards in order for his father to take up the position of Chief Instructor at the Army School of Piping in Edinburgh Castle.


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. In between these teachers, Colin had short spells of teaching from Hugh CR MacRae, at consecutive summer schools in his native Dingwall from Pipe Major Ronald MacCallum, and from Duncan Johnstone in Glasgow.


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. His services as a teacher particularly at summer schools were quickly in demand for during his years in Canada he taught at seventeen different schools. In Canada he was a successful reedmaker, putting to use the skills which he had learned as a youngster in Edinburgh


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, and also as the Director of the Glengarry School of Piping and Drumming, he soon was able to move the Glengarry band through the grades, from Grade 4 all the way to its eventual promotion as a Grade One band. Along the way the band won Canadian, US, and North American titles in Grades 4, 3 and 2.


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 was the recipient of the First prize in the international composing competition for Piobaireachd, held by Clan Donald Canada. His tune was entitled "The Salute to Sir John A. Macdonald" and he played it for the Prime Minister of Canada the Right Hon. Mr. Brian Mulroney PC QC at a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of John A. MacDonald's death in Kingston, Ontario. 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 which is jointly offered by the Centre and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.


During this period he served as an external examiner for RSAMD. During 1999 Colin was appointed the Pipe Major of the Lothian and Borders Police Pipe Band which during the previous season had lost its Grade One status for the first time in the Band's storied history. To Colin fell the task of rebuilding, and within one season the band had secured the Champion of Champions title in the lesser grade and once more took its place in the top flight.


Colin was appointed the President of Scotland's Competing Pipers Association in 2000, and during his tenure CPA became an active and influential force. A circuit of six Piobaireachd competitions were established at Scottish highland games, and the Duncan Johnstone Memorial competition was founded, an event run in tandem with the National Piping Centre which has become the pre-eminent competition was Scotland's aspiring professionals. CPA during this time under Colin's leadership initiated reform of the Joint Committee for judging with a new structure and reassessment of procedure being established which lead to the return of Senior Adjudicators who had not judged for some years.


In 2001 Colin took up a position as Piping Teacher at The Edinburgh Academy, a post which he resigned in December 2007. Colin MacLellan at present sits as Chairman of CPA's Grading Committee as well as returning to international teaching and judging commitments, examining for the Scottish Qualifications Authority, and reedmaking. 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 at present Colin is recording and publishing a book and CD of his father's complete Piobaireachd compositions. A Canadian Citizen as well as a UK national, Colin lives and works in Edinburgh with his wife Jenny Hazzard. He has a daughter, Emily Kate, who plays in the Grade One Toronto Police Pipe Band, and a son Iain, who plays with the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa.





Roddy MacLeod, MBE - Piping (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty)


Roddy MacLeod, MBE, is one of the most distinguished and widely accomplished pipers of his generation, and one of Highland piping's most profoundly influential identities.


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 Scottish Power 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.


As a soloist, Roddy won his first Gold Medal at the Northern Meeting in 1986, then the Argyllshire Gathering Gold Medal in 1988. Alongside innumerable successes as a light music competitor, Roddy MacLeod flourished as a player and interpreter of piobaireachd.


He most recently won the 2011 Glenfiddich Piping Championship. Including the 2011 win, he has won the Glenfiddich Piping Championship four times and the piobaireachd event a record eight times, the Bratach Gorm five times, the Silver Chanter six times, the Northern Meeting Clasp on two occasions, Bi-centenary medal (1988) and Former Winners MSR, the Senior Piobaireachd at the Argyllshire Gathering twice and the Former Winner MSR twice and the Gillies Cup Open Piobaireachd in London nine times. He continues to be a dynamic and exceptionally successful competitor.


Deeply loyal to piping's traditions, Roddy MacLeod also has been potently engaged with innovation and development. As Principal of The National Piping Centre, established in Glasgow in 1996, he has been a prominent driving force behind such highly significant initiatives as the institution of the BA (Scottish Music - Piping), degree programme, the establishment of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland and the inauguration of the Piping Live!, Glasgow International Piping Festival of which he is a Director. He has so far been responsible for the production and editing of two influential teaching books, the National Piping Centre's Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book and its Transition to Bagpipes book.


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.








Donald McBride - Piping (Adjudicator)


Donald McBride was taught originally by his father Willie McBride. From 1972 until he emigrated to the United States in 1984, Donald went to Donald MacPherson for piobaireachd instruction. In the 1970s, he also played in the Muirhead & Sons pipe band under P/M Robert G. Hardie. When he returned to Scotland in 1996 until he moved to County Donegal in 2004, Donald took piobaireachd lessons from Andrew Wright. He has been placed 2nd twice and 3rd twice in the Gold Medals at the Northern Meeting and Argyllshire Gathering. He won the A Grade March at the Northern Meeting in 1982 and has been 2nd and 3rd in the Strathspey & Reel events at Oban and Inverness more times than he cares to remember.



Willie McCallum - Piping (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty)


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.







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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.




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Duncan Millar - Snare Drumming (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty)


Snare drummer with Simon Fraser University Pipe Band - joined 1997 and won four World's (99, 01, 08, 09) and four Best Drum Corps titles (99, 04, 08, 09). The winner of many solo drumming prizes, Duncan appeared in the final round at the World Solo Drumming Championships numerous times.


As a principal with the multi-national immigration law firm Duncan Millar U.S. Immigration Attorneys, PLLC, Duncan specializes incomplex waiver, border, corporate and investorcases. Duncan plays many different types of percussion instruments and appears on numerous albums including six SFU releases. Duncan cycles, kayaks, hikes and angles while raising two girls with his wife, Danielle.





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. 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 Paguio was the 2004 Juvenile World Champion Drum Major and in 2007 became the first Drum Major outside the United Kingdom to win the Adult World Championships and repeated his win at the World Championships in 2010 and 2013. Jason has been Drum Major for the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band and is currently Drum Major for the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band.


Jason is also a founder and managing partner of Regimental Mace Company, LLC, and founder of the non-profit groups World Drum Major Association, Inc. and Parade Band Foundation, Inc.







Keith Paton - Piping (Adjudicator)


Keith is a native of Kansas City and grew up playing in the Kansas City St. Andrew Pipe Band. Since moving to Seattle in 1994, Keith has been active in the Pacific Northwest piping community. From 1997 to 1999 he played with the Abbotsford Police Pipe Band, competing with the band twice in Grade 1 at the World Pipe Band Championships. Subsequently he joined the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band playing with SFU from 2000 to 2006, and then again from 2010 to 2014. Keith is a member of the British Columbia Pipers' Association (BCPA). 


He is an active adjudicator at piping competitions throughout the U.S. Pacific Northwest and serves on the BCPA grading committee. He is an educator by profession, and he has been a private and group piping instructor for students of all ages for more than 30 years.




Steven Roberts - Bass Drumming (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty)

Steven joinedtheScottishPower Pipe Band in September2011 and currently plays under PM Chris Armstrong and LD Barry Wilson, in thesetwo seasons the band have enjoyed great success including a 2nd place finish at the 2012 Worlds.


Previously to Scottish Power Steven joined the band on the back of 7 years with Shotts & Dykehead under PM Robert Mathieson and LDJim Kilpatrick, here Steven picked up the World Championship trophy in his first season as well as the Champion of Champions title as a band and drum corps, in 7 years he was part of 13 drumming prizes and 5 Champion of Champions drum corps titles. Steven started off as a snare drummer with a local band in South Queensferry, Edinburgh at the age of 8, at the age of he 15 moved to be the bass drummer with grade 2 band Drambuie Kirkliston under PM Martin Wilson and LD Bryn Butler. Steven then had a spell of 4 seasons with Newtongrange Pipe Band under PM Robert Burns and again Bryn Butler, Mick O'Neil, now Fife Constabulary Pipe Band, took over a short time after. Around 2000 Steven's next band was the newly formed Clan Gregor Society Pipe Band with Pipe Major David Methven, then George Shepherd and LD Mick O'Neil, PM George Shepherd led the band to Grade 1 where they achieved a 5th place in Ireland. Steven's band highlights so far have been his 4 seasons with Clan Gregor, winning the Worlds in 2005 with Shotts, a Shotts Drum Corps trip to Switzerland and being part of a great team at ScottishPower.





John Scullion - Snare Drumming (Performer, Adjudicator, and Faculty)


John Scullion, of Northern Ireland, is one of a few to win the Triple Crown of Scottish snare drumming, is a four-time winner of the World Solo Drumming Championship, led the drummers of the Shotts and Dykehead Caladonia Pipe Band to a World Championship,and, more importantly of all, has won the coveted Champion of Champions snare drumming award, a competition in which only former World Champions are allowed to compete.

Not just a popular teacher and performer, John is a much sought-after judge of drumming and bagpipe competitions all over the world. He is also a prolific composer of band and solo drum scores.

John regards Alex Duthart as his primary musical influence. One of the most memorable early achievements was being chosen by Duthart to play the lead drummer's part in the Shotts and Dykehead recording of "Cullen Bay". His distinctive style descends directly from Duthart's virtuoso musical approach to band repertoire, an approach which literally revolutionized the art form.






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 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)


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 Winter Storm 2015 -The Pipes and Drums Concert






Dr. Jack Taylor - Piping (Adjudicator and Faculty)


Jack Taylor, St. Andrews, Scotland, was taught piping by Bert Barron, a winner of the Braemar Gold Medal. Jack then studied medicine at Aberdeen University and during that time he learned Piobaireachd with Bob Nicol and Bob Brown. Jack won the Gold Medal in Inverness in 1973 playing the Lament for the Children. He also won the Gillies Cup in London in 1978 and the Silver Chanter in 1983. Jack has recently retired from medical practice in Aboyne and has been President of the Piobaireachd Society for 5 years. Jack is a senior judge for Piobaireachd and is currently playing with the Grade 2 Buchan Pipe band.




Tristan Wilson - Piping (Faculty)


Biography coming soon




Performers, Adjudicators, and Faculty are subject to change.