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  SASKATCHEWAN PIPE BAND ASSOCIATION

2017 School Instructors

Callum BeaumontStephen Creighton |  Iain MacDonald |  James P. Troy |  Alex Rasmussen | Meg Stade | More to be annouced!

Callum Beaumont - Piping

callum beaumontCallum 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.

To see a full awards list click here.


 

creightonStephen Creighton - Snare Drumming

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 MacDonald - School Director/Piping

iain worldsIain 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.”


 

Alex Rasmussen - Piping2017 ALEX

Alex started piping in Lumsden, and later joined the Fraser Pipe Band, where he played for a number of years. After a short stint in the grade 4 band, Alex joined the City of Regina Pipe Band in 1998, and has been a member ever since.

Over the years, Alex has performed with the band at contests and concerts in Canada, the USA and Scotland, and continues to be a contributor to the band on a number of levels.

After a few years off for good behaviour, Alex jumped back into solos a few years back, and won a considerable number of prizes at the Grade 1 level at Highland games in the prairie region and at Maxville Games in Ontario. He has been playing pro events for a few years, and is a regular prizewinner at games in the prairie region.

Alex’s other musical pursuits include piano, guitar, whistles and reelpipes, and is a member of the band “West of Mabou.” He is a teacher by profession.


 

 megstadeMeg Stade - Tenor/Bass

Meg Stade grew up in Estevan playing in the PPCLI Estevan Cadets, and attended many summer music schools. She joined the City of Regina Pipe Band in 2008, and has performed with the band for the last 9 years, learning along the way from some of the best modern midsection players.

As well as being an excellent tenor drummer, Meg is very good on bass, and in 2016 won Bass Drummer of the Day at both Calgary and Canmore Highland Games.

Meg is an experienced teacher, and has taught many youth and cadet programs, as well as working with adults, beginners and community pipe bands around the prairies.

James P. Troy - Piping

troy coverJamie has an extensive background as a soloist and band musician. As a professional solo player of both the pipes and snare drum, he is equally at home with both. James P. began both piping and drumming at age six, studying piping with his father, James W. Troy, and drumming with his uncle, Colin Magee. At age eleven, he joined the renowned City of Victoria Pipe Band, being the youngest member of a Grade One band at the time.  James P. was a member of the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band (as a drummer) under the direction of PM Roddy MacLeod and DS John Fisher in 2008 and most recently a piper in the Inveraray and District Pipe Band in 2011. In addition to his extensive band experience, James P. has won numerous prizes throughout Canada, the United States and the UK as a soloist. He is a member of the British Columbia Pipers’ Association adjudicators’ panel. James P. has become well known for the quality of his seminars for both pipers and drummers and is a valued resource for pipe band players. He presents seminars on ensemble concepts, reed manipulation and technique in both disciplines at major workshops and summer programs in the United States and Canada on a regular basis.

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