Willie McCallum is one of the foremost competing pipers in the world today. A native of Campbeltown, Kintyre, Willie has won almost every prize in solo piping and several times over.
Willie is in demand as a recitalist, adjudicator and teacher and has five solo recordings to his credit, in addition to his appearance on a number of compilation albums recorded live at recitals and competitions.
A few of his individual and band achievements:
Glenfiddich World Championship 8 times
Gold Medal, Northern Meeting, Inverness
Gold Medal, Argyllshire Gathering, Oban
Former Winners Northern Meeting, Inverness 3 times
Former Winners MSR, Argyllshire Gathering, Oban 5 times
Scottish Pipe Band Championship (with ScottishPower) twice
Runner-up World Pipe band Championship (with ScottishPower) twice
With 15 years as a competitive band player in the 78th Fraser Highlanders, Bruce was often called upon to compose music for the band, and he was a key performer in winning a World Championship and 13 North American Championships with the 78th Frasers. For three years he was the Piping Instructor of the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts in Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Having won a number of premier events as an individual, Bruce is also a highly sought instructor, composer, clinician.
His individual achievements include:
Gold and Silver Medals, Northern Meeting, Inverness
Gold Medal, Argyllshire Gathering, Oban
The Bratach Gorm, London
Chris has been playing pipes since the age of ten and was originally taught by James Archibald Templeton from Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire. Chris took further piobaireachd tutelage from Pipe Major Evan MacRae but mostly from Bob Brown Jr. the son of Bob Brown of Balmoral. During the 1990’s Chris joined the grade two Clan Sutherland pipe band and became the ‘soundman’ for the band, making the reeds and tuning the band for competition. The band went on to become the grade two champion of champions in 1997.
In 1986 Chris was invited to come over to the States to join the then grade one Kansas City St. Andrews Pipe Band. Chris returned to the UK and started his reedmaking business which has grown and become internationally renown over the last 27 years. 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 approved judge with the Joint Committee for judging for light music. Chris is a qualified judge with the MWPBA for both band and solo competition. Located in Missouri, he continues to make world class reeds, conduct workshops and teach individual lessons.
Nancy Tunnicliffe is a professional bagpiper, teacher, and performer. She plays a variety of programs and events, and especially enjoys taking the bagpipe outside of its usual boundaries and venues. She has appeared as a guest soloist with many of the country’s top orchestras, such as the Boston Pops with John Williams, the National Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, and the American Symphony at Carnegie Hall. Nancy’s academic background includes a BA from Yale University and an MA in World Music from Wesleyan University. She is a sought-after teacher and a certified adjudicator of all levels of bagpipe competition, as well as a workshop leader. Her specialty is Piobaireachd, the classical music of the Highland pipe, a theme and variations style of music which had its heyday from the 15th to 18th centuries.
Eric grew up in a pipe band family and was immersed in pipe bands and drumming since he was a toddler. He began competition in 1992 focusing initially on tenor drumming and Drum Majoring, winning the Drum Major North American Championships professional grade title four times. He joined the Oran Mor Pipe Band in 1996 and in 2000, mentored by Reid Maxwell of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band, Eric became the lead drummer for the grade 2 Oran Mor Pipe Band. He remained in that position through 2012 before joining the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band. In 2009, the Oran Mor Pipe Band moved to grade 1, and in 2011, Oran Mor qualified for the grade 1 final at the World Pipe Band Championships in Scotland. Since the fall of 2015, Eric has been the drumming director for the Dunedin pipe band programs and lead drummer of the City of Dunedin Pipe Band, grade 2 winners of the 2018 World Pipe Band Championships.
Since 2006, Eric has been a full-time pipe band drumming instructor, previously based in the northeast US. He is active as a clinician at weekend drumming seminars and week-long camps during the summer. As an active solo snare drumming competitor at the professional grade level, Eric has been Eastern United States Pipe Band Association Professional Season Champion several times, and has been a semi-finalist at the World Solo drumming Championships in Scotland five times. Eric served as president of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association from 2010-2014 and is currently a certified snare drumming and ensemble adjudicator, as well as a member of the Association’s Music Board.
Priscilla will be offering a special session designed for pipers and drummers to alleviate the strain put on the body by the pipes and drums. She has been teaching and practicing Kripalu Yoga for 14 years. Priscilla has been a supporter of Recovery Yoga since in founding. She deeply honors the work being done by the Recovery Yoga teachers in our community.
She is gifted at guiding students to an inner space of calm, clarity and release. She teaches classes, workshop and private sessions in Restorative, Vinyasa & Partner Yoga. She is a Thai Yoga Therapist, Attunement practitioner & Energy Coach and she loves what she does.