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The National Piping Centre Faculty Concert

at Shenandoah University

Armstrong Concert Hall, 702 University Drive, Winchester, VA 22601
Thursday, June 20th, 7:30pm

The City of Winchester Pipes and Drums will present the 18th Annual National Piping Centre’s Faculty Concert beginning at 7:30pm on June 20, 2019 in Shenandoah University’s Armstrong Auditorium.

As the official pipe band of the City of Winchester, Virginia, the all volunteer band performs traditional and seasonal music on the Great Highland Bagpipes and Scottish Drums at various parades, ceremonies, and events in Winchester and across the region. As members of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association, the band also competes at various Highland games and Scottish/Celtic festivals.

The Great Highland Bagpipe is perhaps the best known of Scotland’s musical instruments and pipers are often considered ambassadors for Scotland throughout the world. With the patronage of HRH The Prince Charles, the National Piping Centre in Glasgow promotes the study of the music and the history of the Highland pipes. Faculty members conduct 4 overseas schools per year in Bruggen and Hamburg, Germany; Calambrone, Italy; and at Shenandoah University in Winchester.

The goals of Shenandoah University and the National Piping Centre are quite similar. Both strive to promote the study of music and to bring world renowned musicians to their campus to offer international experiences in the performing arts to the community.

The featured performers for this year’s National Piping Centre’s concert are outstanding.

$20 General Admission | $10 Student Admission

Tickets may also be purchased by calling or visiting the Shenandoah University box office:

SU Box Office, 1460 University Dr, Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 665-4569

Featured Performers

Roddy MacLeod, MBE

Roddy is the Principal of The National Piping Centre and one of the world’s most accomplished solo pipers. He is the former Pipe Major of the ScottishPower Pipe Band that, while under his direction between 1995 and 2005, earned over 45 Grade 1 Championship prizes.

Roddy is also a Member of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE), a British order of chivalry. Roddy became a Member in 2003 being recognized for his contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organizations, and public service outside the civil service. He is a member of the Traditional Music Awards Hall of Fame and he currently chairs the Piping Live!, the annual celebration of piping in Glasgow.

Willie McCallum

Willie traces his roots back to the early days of piping competition and his 4 times great grandfather, John MacAlister, who won the Prize Pipe in 1782. He is a solo competitor having won the Glenfiddich World Championship 8 times. A former member of the ScottishPower, he is a twice runner up at the World Pipe Band Championship. In addition to teaching, he has his own business and is a consultant for McCallum Bagpipes.

Matt MacIsaac

Matt is a native of Nova Scotia, Canada and has been playing, teaching and performing on the pipes for over 25 years. A member of the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band, Matt is a Silver Medalist at Oban and a full time professional musician on pipes, whistles and guitar. He is a veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force where he served as Pipe Major of the 400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron Pipe Band, a competitive Grade 2 pipe band in Ontario, Canada. He lives near Toronto with his wife and their 3 year old son.

Andrew Donlon

Andrew lives in Washington, DC. He is Pipe Major for the MacMillan Pipe Band and has led the band to earn the title of North American Champions. He is a former member of the New York Metro Pipe Band and earned a 3rd place in the World Pipe Band Championships in 2013. He holds the 2015 United States Silver Medal earned in competition at Kansas City.

Brian Donaldson

Brian is a native of Cardenden, Fife. His father taught him to play the pipes and he was a Grade 1 piper with the Dysart and Dundonald Pipe Band.

In 1978, he enlisted in the Scots Guards of the British Army and served in the Falklands War. He was later posted to the Army School of Piping and served 22 years at the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming in Edinburgh. During his military career, he became one of the most renowned pipers in the British Army.

As a young man, Brian served an apprenticeship as a bagpipe maker at Inveran House in Edinburgh. Today, he is principal pipe maker at Inveran Bagpipe Makers in Delefield, Wisconsin where he continues to teach and to compete at a high level.

Mark Wilson

Mark has had a highly successful career in World Championship winning pipe bands and drum corps, and an enviable record as a top solo drummer. Competing with both The Pipes & Drums Of The Royal Ulster Constabulary GC and Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band, he has won over 30 championships titles in both band and corps playing. These include 15 Ulster, 4 All Ireland, 4 Scottish, 3 European, 4 Cowal Championships and 5 World Championship titles.

Now retired from competitive playing he composes for and co-runs “Titanic Drums”, a group of over 250 drummers, singers and dancers who perform at major national and international events. He also works as a Presenter, Musical Director and Assistant Producer of a number of different music series for BBC Television and Radio and presents BBC Radio Ulster’s popular “Pipes & Drums” program.