and Drum Instructors
The instructors for the
Senior and Junior Pipe Bands and the Pipes and Drums Training Platoon are
primarily civilians from outside of the school who are recruited for their
musical skills and instructing techniques. They are coordinated by the Director of Piping and Drumming, Mr. Jim McGillivray.
of Piping and Drumming
than 20 years of international prizes in all branches of pipe music lend
credence to the prestigious Piper & Drummer magazine's description
of Jim McGillivray as "one of the world's best all-round pipers – ever."
His premier solo awards include
the coveted Gold Medals at Oban and Inverness, Scotland, the Clasp at Inverness,
the March, Strathspey & Reel at the Glenfiddich Championship at Blair
Castle, Scotland, and the North American Championship. Jim's experience
also encompasses the highest level of pipe bands. He was a member of the
groundbreaking 78th Fraser Highlanders from 1988-93. For 10 years in the
1970s, he was a key component in the Guelph Pipe Band's rise to prominence.
He subsequently led the band to the North American Championship at Maxville,
Ontario, in 1981.
Jim is one of the most active
and successful teachers of piping on the continent. His summer school experience
is extensive. His private pupils have won North American Championships
at both the professional and amateur levels. His 1998 piping tutor and
CD, Rhythmic Fingerwork, sold out its first printing in seven months and
has quickly set a new standard for piping tutors world wide.
In the fall of 1998, Jim
joined the teaching faculty at the century old St. Andrew's College boys
school in Aurora, Ontario as Director of its long-standing Piping &
Drumming program. The 85-year-old program has since come alive with enthusiasm
as boys 11-18 from Canada, the U.S. and around the world fall under the
spell of the pipes in the motivating and magical environment of St. Andrew's
An engaging performer, Jim
is much in demand for recitals, piping workshops and band clinics across
Commanding Officer and
Brian McCue’s 20 years
of percussion includes experience in pipe bands, orchestras and timpani. A
holder of Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music, Brian is a former member of
the Toronto Police Grade 1 Band, the former lead drummer of the Toronto Police
Grade 2 Band, whom he led to a Grade 2 North American Drumming Championship win
in 1997, and the former lead drummer of the 48th Highlanders of Canada.
He is also a past performer the Kitchener-Waterloo
Symphony, the Toronto Symphony and the National Ballet of Canada.
Brian is the
percussion instructor in the Music Department at St.
Andrew’s College, where he also teaches the pipe band snare
Major and Bass Drum Instructor
Chris Reesor started studying the Drums at age four and started marching
in bands at age seven with the 9th Toronto Boys’ Brigade Band. Chris
went on to join the Fort Henry Guard serving in various capacities including
Lead Drummer in 1988 and as Queen's Colour Ensign in 1989. Chris
joined the 48th Military Band as a volunteer in 1988 and after completing
six years with the Fort Henry Guard in Kingston, Chris decided to join
the 48th Regiment and was sworn in November 13th, 1990.
the beginning, Chris has been intrigued with the pipe band style of drumming,
and has played regularly with both bands since 1995. He was promoted to
Master Corporal in April 1997, was officially appointed the Regimental
Drum Major in September, 1997, and was promoted to Sergeant April 1st,
1998. Chris is a professional percussionist trained at Humber College in
Toronto and is currently working for Yamaha Canada.
got his start in piping in Ottawa at age 10. He quickly emerged as a strong
player in amateur competition and won the title of North American Amateur
Champion in 1986.
His professional piping career
began soon after, and has been guided by instruction from some of Canada's
foremost players. In recent years, Rob has become a leading prize-winner
at Ontario solo piping competitions, and in 1997 he won the North American
Champion title in March/Strathspey/Reel playing at the Glengarry Highland
Games. Rob is also a regular competitor at major contests in Scotland where
his successes include the 1998 Gold Medal for Piobaireachd at the Braemar
Rob's piping activities are
not restricted to solo competition: he is a member of the Grade 1 Pipe
Band of the Toronto Police, a past member of two other Grade 1 pipe bands,
a founding partner of the Ontario School of Piping, a member of the Music
Board of the Piper's and Pipe Band Society of Ontario, and a member of
a Celtic performing group based in Toronto. He has just released a CD called
"The Piper's Legacy" for the international label "Solitudes".
O'Gorman has been playing the Great Highland Bagpipe since 1967, when at
the age of 11, he joined a local young people's pipe band in Toronto. For
the next ten years, he was immersed in the vibrant piping community of
Ontario, arguably the center of piping outside of Scotland, where he learned
from a number of masters, and competed in both solo and band competitions.
In 1977 he was with the North American Champion Caber Feidh/City of Toronto
Pipe Band when they became the first foreign band to win a first prize
in the top class of pipe band competitions in Scotland.
also plays the Breton bagpipe, the tine whistle and the wooden concert
flute and is very involved in the Irish traditional music community of
has been involved in piping for many years and as an instructor for about
6. He set up the junior and intermediate piping classes for Barrie and
District Pipes and Drums with focus on correct technique, posture and Bagpipe
maintenance, including students not only from that band but from
the local police band and air cadets. Brian is now the band manager and
chairman of the board of directors for the City of Barrie Pipes and Drums
where he has continued with an intermediate program. He works with Intermediate
beginners (just starting on the pipes) and Intermediate players (just starting
on the bands music).
of these players are under the age of 20. As a teaching band they work
with the young and not so young. Brian parades with the street band and
competes with the grade 4 competition band. He also has a group of students
ranging from 6 years to 47 years of age that he teaches individually. In
his youth he set up and conducted lectures on safe gun handling and maintenance
program for the Ontario Hunting and Fishing Assoc. and travelled Canada
lecturing on the Efficient Transmission of Mechanical Power. He has also
have written technical papers for the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association regarding
that subject matter. Brian is currently part owner of Highland Harmonies
publishing music book with harmony settings for mostly traditional bagpipe
Stronach is originally from Perth, Scotland. While studying under Paul
Turner, a former World Solo Drumming Champion, he won the 1986 World Junior
Solo Snare Drum Championship. He also played with the innovative ScotRail
Vail of Atholl Pipe Band from Pitlochry at a time when the band won both
the Scottish and British Championships and placed third in the World Championships.
In November, 1988, Doug moved to Canada and began working as a pipe band
drumming instructor. His renown as a gifted teacher has spread quickly.
Doug's students have won every major solo drumming prize from Grade 4 to
Open. In addition, he has taught or played with drum corps that have won
every grade of champion supreme honours in Ontario.
Doug also brings to his teaching
a varied and extensive knowledge of many types of music. In Scotland, he
played percussion and sang with the celtic folk group Ceol Beag. He studied
classical percussion (snare, timpani and xylophone) at the Guildhall School
of Music and Drama in London, England. He studied kit drumming with Rich
Greenspoon in Toronto and has played with the groups Brigand, Huntingtower
and Taxi Chain, among others. He currently leads a pop band called Eclipse,
which recently released its first independent album, entitled Eureka. He
is also the founder of Eclipse Music Productions, a company that offers
services for live and recorded sound.
Pipes & Drums
MacKenzie started piping in 1967 under the tutelage of P/M Hugh McWhinnie.
After two years on the practice chanter John began to compete in Amateur
Piping competitions and in 1975 won the title Champion Supreme Grade One
in the Pipers and Pipe Band Society of Ontario. Also that same year he
won the North American Championship for amateur piping at the Glengarry
Highland Games. In 1976 John was invited to lead the Town of Newmarket
Pipe Band and held the position for sixteen years, guiding the band through
championships from Grade Four to Grade Two. Twice the band journeyed
to Scotland to play at the World Pipe Band Championships. During the same
time period, John took instruction with Bill Livingstone and played with
the General Motors Pipe Band under P/M George Campbell in Grade One. This
band was later to become the World Champion 78th Fraser Highlanders of
numerous professional piping awards include the U.S. Open Championship,
the Piobaireachd Society’s Gold Medal (Canada), the Fergus Gold Medal (Piobaireachd),
the St. Andrews Society of Baltimore Gold Medal and three time winner of
the William Livingstone Invitational Piping Competition. John has also
won many prizes in Scotland, and received instruction there from P/M Donald
MacLeod and Duncan Johnstone. Also, Willie Connell taught John for
three years concentrating mainly on piobaireachd—particularly the ‘set’
tunes for competition at the Argyllshire Gathering and Northern Meeting.
1992 and ‘93 John played with the Simon Fraser University P.B. and enjoyed
7th and 4th place finishes at the World Pipe Band Championships. Since
then John has played with the Toronto Police P.B. and now spends his time
teaching, judging and enjoying the company of his wife and three sons.