Invermark Piping & Drumming Summer School
Champion competitor, composer, and teacher, Bruce Gandy’s career has spanned Canada from west to east, and seen participation in pivotal moments in the modern era. As a member of the 78th Fraser Highlanders (Toronto), 1987 World Champions he was not only a member of the 1st band to win the World’s outside of Scotland, he was also part of the seminal recording (solo and band member) “Live in Ireland”. He won the Gold Medals at Inverness (2002) and Oban (2003). Most recently, he won the Silver Star (Inverness Former winners MSR) in 2015. As a composer he has published 4 Volumes of music, “Contemporary and Traditional Music”. He is a member of the 78th Highlanders Halifax Citadel, (former Pipe Sergeant). His teaching services are highly sought after both as a private teacher and clinician. His current project involves creating a lesson package for all of his compositions.
Derek was literally “born into Pipe Bands”. As the Great-Grandson and founder of the Ulster Scottich Pipe Band John Hall founded a dynasty. His son and Derek’s Grandfather , Tommy Hall lead the band for 42 years creating an environment where his mother, aunts and uncles were important in his early development. In addition to playing in Ulster, Derek played with Oran Mor (2005-2006) SFU (2007-2013, World Championship Band and Drumming) and joined Inverary & District in 2015 winning both the World Championship for Band and Drum Corps this year. Some highlights of Derek’s solo accomplishments include: 4 time winner of the North American Gold Medal for Drumming at Winter Storm and the first only American drummer to compete in the Finals of the World Solo Drumming Championships in Glasgow (2008, 2010, 2016, 2017)
Christina involved in Scottish Arts at the age of 7 as a highland dancer. She competed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Scotland and twice qualified for the United States Inter-Regional Highland Dance Championships. Christina's involvement in the pipe band scene started after performing at with pipe bands. She started as a tenor drummer with the Manchester Pipe Band before transitioning to the bass drum. Christina played with the Oran Mor Pipe Band for 11 years as they moved from Grade 2 to Grade 1. She actively competed in solo tenor and bass drum events. Currently, she is 2 third season member of the Grade 1, 78th Fraser Highlanders, Ontario, Canada as a tenor drummer. Christina passed the EUSPBA judges exam for bass and tenor and will be apprentice judging this summer.
As one of the foremost competing pipers in the world today, Willie has won almost every prize in solo piping several times over. His list of achievements include: Glenfiddich 8 times; Gold Medals, Clasps, Silver Stars, Bratach Gorms, and Donald Macleod Memorials. A long serving member of the Scottish Power Pipe Band, winning three major championships, Willie is in demand as a recitalist, adjudicator and teacher and has five solo recordings to his credit. He received his main tuition from his uncles Ronald McCallum and Hugh A. McCallum and also came under the guidance of Ronald McCallum, MBE, Piper to The Duke of Argyll. In recent years, several of his students have gained high placings at the major piping gatherings at Oban, Inverness and London.
Jack is one of the most respected pipers in the world. In addition to winning many of Pipings highest competitions (Gold Medals, Clasps, Bratach Gorms, and Glenfiddichs) he has served as Pipe Sergeant of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band for over 30 years, developing the band from a regional Grade 1 band to World Champions, 6 Times! Jack is passionate about “passing it on” to pipers of all levels. As Instructor for the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band (RMM), Jack has developed many young pipers and directed RMM Pipe Band to 6 World Championships. Jack and his sons make reeds, pipe bags, as well as an archive of over 2,900 recordings.
Founder of Invermark, along with his father James Lindsay, Donald is one of the most knowledgeable and inspirational bagpipe teachers in North America. In addition to a specialty in Piobaireachd, Donald has a wealth of experience in solo and band musicianship. He has taught and developed legions of pipers in the Northeast and beyond. His teaching methods will challenge and inspire pipers to achieve their best. Donald was the second American to win the Silver Medal for Piobaireachd in 1986. He served as Pipe Major of the Oran Mor Pipe Band for 13 years leading the band from Grade 3 to Grade 1.