||An independent university
preparatory school for boys from grade 6 to university entrance, St. Andrew’s
College welcomes established or aspiring pipers and drummers to become
part of its unique and exciting Piping and Drumming Program.
Piping was originally established at St. Andrew’s College in 1915 as part of the school’s #142 Highland Cadet Corps. All students at St. Andrew’s participate in the Cadet program, and as part of that commitment many choose to learn the Great Highland Bagpipe or the pipe band snare, tenor or bass drum.
In more recent year, St. Andrew’s College has begun to offer a program that is unique in Canada -- an academic credit course in piping as part of its Grade 9, 10, 11 and 12 music program. Any boy with at least 10 months experience on the pipes and the required music prerequisites is eligible to take the courses.
||Beginners are accepted into
the Cadet piping program from grades 6 to 10. They are divided into small
classes and are taught anywhere from once to three times a week, depending
on schedules. Pipers are taught on the practice chanter, while drummers
learn on a practice pad. Learners purchase these inexpensive starting instruments
with the understanding that they can turn them in for a refund should they
decide not to continue with the program. Most beginners are ready to progress
to pipes or drums by March of their first year. The beginning piping classes
are taught by top quality piping and drumming teachers from in and around
Toronto. All are supervised by Director Jim McGillivray. Drum teaching
is conducted or overseen by Major Brian McCue..
Bagpipes and drums are provided by the Cadet Corps, though pipers may buy or bring their own pipes if they wish.
||Once students have moved
onto the bagpipe or drum, the teaching regimen changes. Boys now participate
in group practices or lessons as part of the Pipes & Drums or the Junior
Pipes & Drums. Some boys may now qualify for the Grade 9, 10,
11 or 12 piping courses, which are taught by Mr. McGillivray. They
attend small piping classes an average of three times a week, while studying
music theory and history with regular music department staff.
Pipers who have expressed an interest in entering solo piping competitions can be scheduled for additional lessons with Mr. McGillivray. Pipers are encouraged to enter the competition forum, and trips are arranged during the school year to piping competitions in the Toronto-Hamilton area.
|The Pipes &
||The Pipes & Drums are
the most visible and active unit in the #142
Highland Cadet Corps. For more than 85 years the band has been the
musical heart of the Corps. It leads the Corps at the annual Church Parade
in downtown Toronto, at the Headmaster’s Parade on campus and at the Annual
Cadet Inspection. Since 1997, the band has focused on musical quality as
well as appearance. The repertoire has expanded and the band has gained
appeal, performing in both the Toronto and the Aurora Santa Claus parades.
Individual pipers are encouraged to perform at functions at the school or in the community and to enter piping competitions. The band now has also begun to enter pipe band or Cadet pipe band competitions. Exchange programs with other school pipe bands or pipers in Scotland or the United States are also being explored.
|The Summer School
||Another important element of the Piping and Drumming Program is the of The Ontario School of Piping and Drumming at St. Andrew’s College, a summer camp open to all comers in June and July. Premier instructors from Canada, Scotland and the U.S. converge on the campus for two weeks to offer intense immersion into some of the best teaching and performing of pipes and drums on the continent. Call Director Jim McGillivray at 905-727-3178, ext 243 for more information, or check out the summer school Web site at: www.sac.on.ca/ontpiping.|
||Piping and Drumming Director Jim McGillivray is one of the leading pipers of his generation. He has won the major Scottish piping competitions, including the Highland Society of London’s Gold Medals and Oban and Inverness, and has several recordings to his credit. His publication of an innovative tutor in 1998, his popularity at workshops, clinics and recitals and the competitive success of his private pupils confirm him as one of the top piping teachers in the world. His more than 30 years of experience in piping worldwide provide St. Andrew’s College with access to leading piping and drumming instructors.|
||If you would like more information
about the Piping and Drumming Program, call the Director of Piping and
Drumming, Jim McGillivray at 905-727-3178, ext. 243, or e-mail him at
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