Highland Pipes Instructors
George Balderose
Jimmy Bell
Nick Hudson
Robert Mathieson
Terry Tully
Instructors for Beginners
Richmond Johnston

Jimmy Bell
Jimmy Bell is the Director of the Scottish Heritage Program at Lyon College and Pipe Major of the Lyon College Pipe Band. He also served as Pipe Major of the award winning Grade 1 - Parlin & District Pipe Band, and has won countless individual awards and titles as one of North America's top solo pipers. Starting out first as a Highland Dancer at an early age, Jim was given his first piping instruction by his mother, and then by his father, George Bell. Jim played in the legendary Kenmuir Pipe Band, and has experienced almost everything piping has to offer. He is a judge in the EUSPBA and has served on the Music Board as well. He is also a highly skilled composer of pipe music.

Jimmy will be at the following sessions:
June 25-30, 2017, Indianapolis, Indiana
July 16-21, 2017, East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

George Balderose
George Balderose has been studying with some of the world's top Highland piping instructors for more than three decades. During much of this time, he has been developing methods of teaching piping to adult beginners, and several of his adult Highland piping students have won firsts at EUSPBA-sanctioned piping competitions. George has also been playing and teaching the bellows smallpipes for more than twenty years. He has performed on the Highland pipes with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, as a soloist for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and with championship Scottish and Irish dancers at concerts and festivals throughout the eastern US. His competitive successes include winning the MacCrimmon Quaich for Grade 1 Piobaireachd four times. George is also a member of the Scottish and Irish performance ensemble Road to the Isles, which is on the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour/Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation roster. In October of 2014 George was recognized by the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area in Pittsburgh with the 'Master Artist and Tradition Bearer Award' "In appreciation for the attainment of a high level of achievement and for the abundant generosity in sharing it with others, most importantly with those who aspire to learn and master it."

George will be at the following sessions:
July 9-14, 2017, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
July 16-21, 2017, East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

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Nick Hudson is the Instructor of Piping and Supervisor of the Bagpipe Band at The College of Wooster and is the third graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University's Bagpipe Performance degree, under Alasdair Gillies and Jimmy McIntosh. He is a member of the Grade 1 Toronto Police Pipe Band and a regular guest player with Bagad Kevrenn Alre from Britanny, France. Nick holds the Graduate Certificate from the Institute of Piping, the highest possible for bagpipe performance. Performance highlights of 2015 include winning the Piobaireachd Society Canadian Gold Medal (2nd in Maxville Former Winners Clasp and 2nd in A Piob. on same weekend), 2nd Braemar Gold Medal, and #1 Overall Professional Piping in EUSPBA award. He has represented the US three times in Lorient's MacCrimmon competition and has a CPA grading of A- in both Light Music and Piobaireachd. He is a former winner of the United States Piping Foundation in Grade 1 and has won the overall professional prize in Scotland at Inverness games, Strathpeffer, Assynt, Glen Isla, and Lonach. In addition to highland piping, he is an active performer and teacher of border/smallpipes and whistles. Nick is a member of the EUSPBA Judges panel and currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA.

Nick will be at the following sessions:
June 25-30, 2017, Indianapolis, Indiana

RobMathieson
Pipe Major Robert Mathieson has been at the forefront of piping and pipe bands for well over 30 years. He started in Polkemmet Juveniles but has also served as Pipe Major of Polkemmet grade 1 pipe band. In 1987 he took over as Pipe Major of the world famous Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band, having been a young piper in the ranks of Shotts in the early seventies under Pipe Major Tom Mc Allister Jnr. He remained Pipe Major until August 2010. During his reign he led the band to win over 30 major grade one championship titles including 5 world titles as well as 9 champion of champions titles, making him the most successful prize winning pipe major that Shotts have appointed. His music, including his own compositions, is played throughout the world by folk, celtic and Scottish country dance bands as well as many pipe bands. A very unique signature of his work is marked by the fact that he is the only Pipe Major to have won the worlds 5 times essentially playing his own compositions and arrangements, opening each winning medley with one of his own tunes. He currently plays in the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Robert will be at the following sessions:
July 9-14, 2017, Shady Side Academy, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
July 16-21, 2017, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

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Pipe Major Terry Tully over the years led the St. Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band of Dublin, Ireland to many of the top pipe band Championships in both Ireland and Scotland, culminating in 2010 when the band won the Grade One World Championship in Glasgow, the first in history for a pipe band from the Republic of Ireland. In the same year he led the band to win the European and All-Ireland Championships. Born in 1956, he first became interested in the pipes from hearing his father Tommy play them in the house. He was an award-winning solo piper, joining the band in 1973, becoming Pipe Sergeant in 1980 and Pipe Major in 1984. Terry Tully has authored several widely acclaimed books of traditional Irish Music arranged for the Highland bagpipe, and his name has become virtually synonymous with traditional Irish Music in the world of bagpipes. His son Alen Tully is currently the third generation of Tullys serving as Pipe Majors of the band.

Terry will be at the following session:
July 9-14, 2017, Shady Side Academy, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“The small classes made it easier to get questions answered. The music book was excellent. The instructors were top-notch with exceptional qualifications, each one different in his teachings.”
Don Saraceno, California session student

“My lesson was an epiphany — my instructor put his finger precisely on what I needed to do to improve. Great to have plenty of time on the pipes in class!” Anne Marie deZeeuw, Kentucky session student

“From the individual attention to the basic fundamentals of drum maintenance, this was a well-rounded education — all in 4 ½ days.”

Gwyneth Duncan, California session student

Scottish Snare, Tenor Drum, and Bass Drum Instructor
Gordon Bell

Gordon Bell
Gordon Bell began drumming at the age of eight under the guidance of Norman MacLeod in the Kenmure Pipeband. He also received tuition from the legendary Alec Duthart. Gordon took over the corp in 1975; the band eventually changed the name to the Parlin & District.The band and corp dominated the pipeband scene throughout the 80s in the EUSPBA, winning the North American Championship in Grade 2, and placing them in Grade 1. He has also been a member of Muirhead & Sons, Kenmure, Worcester Kiltie, 78th Fraser Highlanders, and the City of Washington Pipe Bands. Gordon also saw a great deal of success in the solo field winning the EUSPBA Overall Champion each year from 1979 to 1987. He has recorded with The Empire Brass Quintet, 78th Frasers Live in Scotland, and with his own Celtic Rock group 51 Ash in which he plays the bass guitar.

Gordon will be at the following sessions:
July 9-14, 2017, Shady Side Academy, Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania
July 16-21, 2017, East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania


Onsite Administrator/Instructors
Richmond Johnston

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Richmond Johnston became a Balmoral School administrator shortly after his first attendance at the school in 1991. Serving that post, he's had the opportunity to study with Mike Cusack, Alasdair Gillies, Norman Gillies, Jack Lee, James MacColl, John MacDoughall, Iian MacLellan, Jimmy McIntosh, Adrian Melvin, Gordon Mooney, Iian Morrison, Donald MacPhee, Jackie Pincet, Nancy Tunnicliffe, Scot Walker, and John Wilson. He's an experienced solo piper and also competes with the Grade 3 Capital Region Celtic Pipe Band of Albany, New York. A number of his students have become award-winning pipers. Being a late starter himself, and having many adult students, he enjoys teaching the adult beginner.

Richmond will be at the following sessions:
June 25-30, 2017, Indianapolis, Indiana
July 9-14, 2017, Shady Side Academy, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
July 16-21, 2017, East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania