Instructors

Bagpipes.

Stuart Liddell

Originally from Inveraray, he started piping at the age of nine and he was originally taught by his grandfather, the late Pipe Major Ronald McCallum M.B.E.  He has also had tuition from Jim Henderson and Hugh McCallum.

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 existing pipers and is noted for his excellent solo perforamnces and recordings at numerous Simon Fraser University Pipe Band concerts.

In 2008 Stuart Liddell and Steven McWhirter joined forces to run the Inveraray & District Pipe Band, which placed 2nd in Grade 1 at the 2016 World Pipe Band Championships.  In 2017, Inveraray & District Pipe Band was crowned World Pipe Champions!  In 2018, the band took 2nd place at the World Pipe Band Championships.  The band also just won the 2019 World Pipe Band Championships!

A piano tuner by trade, he is also piping instructor at Mid Argyll Primary and Lochgilphead High Schools.

Stuart's pipe band achievements are too many to list.

June Hanley

June has been piping since she was fourteen years old.  Her pipe band career began with the Charlotte Scottish Pipe Band and the Grandfather Mountain Highlanders, and she now serves as the Pipe Sergeant of the Ulster Scottish Pipe Band.  She serves on the EUSPBA judging panel for piping and ensemble.  She has served the EUSPBA as president, Executive Secretary, Recording Secretary, and Music Board Chair.
In her professional life, June is a vice president and principal planner at a large architectural firm, where she designs laboratories and education facilities.  She is a sought-after speaker and facilitator of teams, with unique expertise in how people learn and ways to engage and encourage innovation and creativity.  June brings this unique perspective to our workshop, and her classes are geared toward engaging our brains during practice and performance.

Alasdair Henderson

Alasdair is from Dunoon, Argyll, but now resides in Edinburgh.  He started piping at the age of 10, taking lessons from his uncle Pipe Major Jim Henderson, and more recently has received tuition from Willie McCallum.  He was a member of the Scottish Power Pipe Band for 4 years and is now the Pipe Sergeant of Inveraray And District Pipe Band.  In 2017, Inveraray & District Pipe Band was crowned World Pipe Champions!  In 2018, the band took 2nd place at the World Pipe Band Championships.  The band also just won the 2019 World Pipe Band Championships!  He competes regularly around the solo piping circuit with his most recent success being 1st place in the Gold Medal at the Northern Meeting, Inverness (2017).  Studying from 2006-2010 at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, he gained an Honours Degree in Scottish Music and now works at Fettes College in Edinburgh as a piping instructor.  In addition to this he has taught at piping schools across Europe, USA, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, and is in regular demand as a recitalist.

Derek Midgley

Derek is a professional bagpiper who moved to Glasgow, Scotland for four years and has returned to bring home what he has learned.  He is a full-time piping instructor based in New Jersey.  Derek has played with the City of Washington Pipe Band, Toronto Police Pipe Band, and most recently, the Scottish Power Pipe Band.  Derek's formidable list of solo piping accomplishments has been lengthened by a stellar 2016 season, in which he won the Royal Scottish Piping Society's Bronze Medal for Piobaireachd at the Lochearnhead Highland Games and the Dunvegan Medal at the Skye Gathering in Scotland.  In 2018, Derek won the Canadian Gold Medal and the Bar to the Gold Medal in the same day.  He also placed 2nd at the Argyllshire Gathering.

Eric Ouellette

Eric began piping in 1998 at age 9.  He played with the Manchester Pipe Band and then for many years with the Oran Mor Pipe Band, during which he served as Pipe Sergeant twice.  He currently plays with the Grade 1 Inveraray & District Pipe Band in Scotland, and he also serves as the Pipe Major for the Ulster Scottish Pipe Band.  Eric has been competing internationally at the solo professional level since age 16.  A brief list of accomplishments include:  first place in piobaireachd at both the George Sherriff Invitational in Ontario (2003) and the Nicol Brown Invitational (2004); 3rd in the MacGregor Memorial in Oban (2005); 3rd in the US Silver Medal at Kansas City (2006); 1st in the B Piobaireachd at Perth (2013, 2014, 2015); 1st in the open marches at Perth (2013); 1st in the B Strathspey and Reel at Oban (2014); Aggregate at Blairgowrie (2015); and countless other domestic prizes and aggregates.  In 2017 Inveraray & District Pipe Band was crowned World Champions.  In 2018, the band took 2nd place at the World Pipe Band Championships.  The band also just won the 2019 World Pipe Band Championships!

Snare.

Derek Cooper

Derek is a member of the Grade 1 Inveraray & District Pipe Band from Scotland.  He is also the drumming instructor and lead drummer for Ulster Scottish Pipe Band.  During his time with SFU, Derek won the Grade 1 World Pipe Band Championships as well as the best drum corps prize twice.  Derek's vast solo drumming accomplishments include winning the North American Gold Medal Snare Drumming Championship at Winter Storm in Kansas City 4 times, and being the only American to ever make the finals at the World Drumming Championships.  In 2017, Inveraray & District was crowned World Champions!  In 2018, the band took 2nd place at the World Pipe Band Championships.  The band also just won the 2019 World Pipe Band Championships!

Scott Fletcher

Scott started drumming at a very young age and first competed in grade 4 solos at age seven.  He played with the grade 3 Tulach Ard Pipe Band (Lexington, MA) from 1996 to 2001, by which time the band was in grade 2, and he climbed to professional solos at age 13.  Scott then played with the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band for eight seasons from 2004-2011, during which time the band celebrated two World Pipe Band Championship wins (2008, 2009) and three Drum Corps prizes at the Worlds (2004, 2008, 2009).  The 2004 Drum Corps title made Scott the first American-born snare drummer to win the coveted Sash.  After SFU, Scott became lead drummer of the Stuart Highland Pipe Band (Boston, MA), spending three seasons in grade 2 and two in grade 1 from 2013-2017.  Currently, Scott is an EUSPBA adjudicator and proud member of the City of Dunedin Pipe Band (Dunedin, FL) which clinched a grade 2 title at the World Pipe Band Championships in 2018, and then moved to grade 1.  The band most recently won the North American Championships in its first year in grade 1.  Outside of drumming, Scott runs a small business with his wife, Melanie.  He also enjoys travel, fishing, football, and spending time with his wife Melanie and their rescue dogs, Basil and Cooper.

Steven McWhirter

Steven began drumming in 1993 at the age of 10.  He played with Cullybackey Pipe Band from 1994 until 2001.  Between the years of 2002 to 2008 he traveled from his home in Northern Ireland to compete, teach, and perform with the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band in Vancouver, Canada.  In 2008 Steven and world-renowned piper Stuart Liddell joined forces to run the Inveraray & District Pipe Band, which placed 2nd in Grade 1 at the 2016 World Pipe Band Championships.  In addition to a huge list of solo drumming accomplishments, Steven is a 8-time World Solo Drumming Champion, having won first in 2006 then consecutively from 2011 through 2017.

In 2008 Stuart Liddell and Steven McWhirter joined forces to run the Inveraray & District Pipe Band, which placed 2nd in Grade 1 at the 2016 World Pipe Band Championships.  In 2017, Inveraray & District Pipe Band was crowned World Pipe Champions!  In 2018, the band took 2nd place at the World Pipe Band Championships.  The band also just won the 2019 World Pipe Band Championships!

Tenor.

Andrew Elliott

Andrew is from Toronto, Ontario, Canada and joined Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band as lead tenor drummer in 2013.  He joined his first Grade 1 band at age 13, and has won every major prize both in band and solo competitions in Ontario.  Along with being the Canadian, United States, and North American Champion, Andrew is also a 4-time MHAF Gold Medal winner, in both bass and tenor drumming.  Andrew is the owner of Ace Percussion, the only company to offer fully-customizable tenor drum mallets.  In 2018, Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band was crowned World Champions!

Michael O'Neil

Mike began playing drums in 1994.  He joined Prince Charles Pipe Band of San Francisco in 1996.  In 2000, he won the World Pipe Band Championships in Grade 2 with the band, and obtained the best bass section prize as well.  In 2006 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 & 2009 won the World Pipe Band Championships in Grade 1 as well as the best drum corps prize.  In 2017 Mike joined the Inverarary & District Pipe Band.  On the solo circuit Mike has been the WUSPBA solo champion on many occasions and he is a two-time winner of the gold medal tenor event at Winter Storm in Kansas City.  In 2017, Inveraray & District Pipe Band was crowned World Champions!  In 2018, the band took 2nd place at the World Pipe Band Championships.

Bass.

Christina Hanks

Christina Hanks began her involvement in the Scottish arts as highland dancer at age 7. She joined the Manchester pipe band in the late 90’s as a tenor drummer and in the fall of 2001 became the bass drummer for the grade 2 Oran Mor Pipe Band. Christina continued with Oran Mor on bass up through grade 2 and into the grade 1 final at the World Pipe Band Championships in 2011. In 2013, Christina joined the 78th Fraser Highlanders from Ontario, Canada as a tenor drummer. In playing as a tenor drummer with the 78th, Christina became one of the very few players in the world to compete in the grade 1 Final event at the world championships as both a bass and tenor drummer. As member of the 78th Frasers, Christina was part of three Grade 1 North American Championship victories and four finishes in the top 12 at the World Pipe Band Championships. In 2018, Christina became the bass drummer for the 78th Fraser Highlanders and in the fall of 2019, moved to Florida and became the bass drummer for the City of Dunedin Grade 1 band.
As a solo competitor, Christina is an active professional bass and tenor competitor, having won the North American championships as a bass drummer. She is a certified Bass and Tenor Adjudicator with the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association, and with over 20 years of competitive experience, is highly sought after as an instructor and clinician throughout North America. Professionally, Christina is a School Psychologist in the Pinellas County Florida schools.

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