2017 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 exciting pipers and is noted for his excellent solo performances 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.  This past August Inveraray & District Pipe Band was crowned the 2017 World Pipe Champions!

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 plays with the Ulster Scottish Pipe Band as instructor and with the City of Dunedin Pipe Band.  She serves on the EUSPBA judging panel for piping and ensemble.  She has served the EUSPBA as president, Executive Secretary and Recording Secretary.  She currently serves as Music Board chair, manages the judges' testing program, and has organized the Premier Professional Piping contests for the EUSPBA in 2015 and 2016.

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.

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 Sergeant 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. This past August Inveraray & District Pipe Band was crowned 2017 World Champions!

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. This past August Inveraray & District Pipe Band was crowned 2017 World Champions!

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 7-time World Solo Drumming Champion, having won first in 2006 then consecutively from 2011 through 2016. 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.  This past August Inveraray & District Pipe Band was crowned the 2017 World Pipe Band Champions!

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.

Danielle Hamilton

Danielle started playing for Tullylegen Pipe Band twelve years ago, at eight years old, learning the tenor drum.  Throughout the years at Tullylegen, succeeding from Grade 4B to grade 3A, she won major titles at home and away such as the Ulster, All Ireland, Scottish, and European Championships, including Champion of Champions at home and Supreme Champion of Champions in Scotland both as a band and drum corps.  In 2015, she joined Inveraray & District Pipe Band, winning British and Scottish titles including their respective drumming prizes, and in 2016 the band placed second in the World Pipe Band Championships.  As well as playing in the band, Danielle has claimed the Ulster and All-Ireland solo tenor drumming titles.  Furthermore, in 2015 she placed second in the International Tenor Drumming Solos.  Danielle also teaches in schools throughout the Mid-Ulster area in Northern Ireland and is a tutor for the Ulster Scots Pipe Band (a juvenile band) who perform on many different stages throughout the world. This past August Inveraray & District Pipe Band was crowned 2017 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. This past August Inveraray & District Pipe Band was crowned 2017 World Champions!

Bass.

Christina Hanks

Christina began in the Scottish arts at the age of 7 as a highland dancer.  Her involvement in pipe bands started as a tenor drummer with the Manchester Pipe Band.  Christina played bass with the Oran Mor Pipe Band for 11 years as they moved from Grade 2 to Grade 1.  Currently, she is a tenor drummer with the Grade 1 78th Fraser Highlanders from Ontario, Canada.  Christina is also an accomplished solo bass and tenor competitor.

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