2017 School Instructors
Callum currently resides in Linlithgow, Scotland and commutes to Clackmannanshire where he tutors students at the prestigious private Dollar Academy.
In a professional capacity he is a much sought after and highly rated instructor prominent around the world, recently having been invited to teach in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA.
He was introduced to bagpipes by Bert Smith at the age of 7 whereupon he took up the chanter and progressed through the junior ranks, winning all of the major junior prizes. These included multiple gold medals at Cowal Highland Gathering, Scottish Junior Championship titles and a debut win of the MacGregor Memorial, 14 years of age.
Progressing to the senior grades, aged just 15 he finished second in the Piobaireachd section of the Duncan Johnstone Competition, his inaugural senior event. Additionally throughout his senior years has been tutored by Tom Speirs and currently Willie MacCalllum.
With regard to band history, at 12 years of age Callum joined the Grade 1 Lothian & Borders Police, moving on to Shotts & Dykehead, Simon Fraser University and Inveraray & District. Winning three World Championship titles he took a prominent role in each of these bands.
Callum has now progressed on to winning many of the most prestigious titles in world piping including being the youngest winner of The Clasp, two Gold Medals, The Silver Chanter and much more besides.
Stephen Creighton is the leading drummer of the 2010 World Champion St. Laurence O’Toole Pipe-Band in Dublin, Ireland. He has taken his corps to World Championship titles on three occasions, including winning drumming in both MSR and Medley sections of the 2016 Final at the World Pipe Band Championships.
They have also won British, European, Scottish and over 10 All-Ireland Grade 1 titles. He is also an accomplished soloist and has been consistently in the top 12 senior drummers for 18 of the last 20 World solo championships. He has 7 All-Ireland solo titles and is known the world over for his musicality and tonal perfection.
Stephen is a percussion leader with Premier Drum Company, and he markets his own signature sticks, pads and other products along with representing Premier Drums around the World.
Sound Advice is extremely pleased to welcome Stephen back to Saskatchewan!
Iain began piping in 1965. He played in local bands in Regina, and attended the Fort San summer school, where he was able to take lessons from P-M Donald MacLeod, M.B.E. In 1978 and '81, Iain lived in Scotland, where he took weekly lessons from Donald MacLeod. Later, Iain was a student of James McMillan of Burnaby, British Columbia for a number of years.
Iain’s band experience includes seasons with the Babcock-Renfrew Pipe Band under P-M Iain McLeod, six years with the with the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band, one season with ScottishPower, and he is currently a member of the 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel).
Iain founded the Grade 2 City of Regina Pipe Band in 1992. He also founded the Grade 4 Conservatory of Performing Arts Pipe Band. Iain currently teaches piping at the Conservatory of Performing Arts, University of Regina, and does freelance communications work. He holds the Graduate Certificate and the Senior Teacher’s Certificate, and is on the Board of Examiners for the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board.
Iain started on bellows pipes in 1983 when he was given a practice set of uilleann pipes, and since then he has played uilleann pipes, Scottish smallpipes and reelpipes. He has been a North American distributor of Fred Morrison Reelpipes since 2005 and his business Reelpipes.com supplies pipers and pipe bands across North America, and as far away as Australia. Over the years, Iain has recorded CDs with pipe bands, folk groups, and for Highland dancing, and has contributed many articles to piping magazines. In August 2008, he published a collection of pipe music entitled “Along the Road.”
Eilidh MacDonald began learning chanter from her parents, and was a member of the Conservatory of Performing Arts Pipe Band and the City of Regina Pipe Band, competing with the band across Canada and in Scotland. She is a member of the 78th Highlanders, Halifax Citadel, and won the North Amercian Championships with them in 2014 and qualified for the final at the World Pipe Band Championships in 2015. Eilidh’s tuition has come from her parents, and many excellent teachers at piping summer schools. She has been a student of Garth Neel and also Bruce Gandy.
At the top amateur level, Eilidh is a past winner of the Cabar Feidh Cup for piobaireachd, and light music prizes at the BC Pipers Indoor Gathering; the piobaireachd and marches at Maxville, ON; and she competed at both the Nicol-Brown Chalice in New York, and the George Sherriff Invitational in Hamilton, ON. She has played in the final of the MacGregor Memorial Piobaireachd event at the Argyllshire Gathering in Oban, and in 2015 was 4th place at the US Silver Medal at Kansas City.
In May 2016, Eilidh was the winner of the "Prairie Piping Invitational" at the Saskatchewan Highland Gathering and Celtic Festival.
Currently, Eilidh is a PhD science student at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia doing research in cardio-vascular physiology.