Balmoral school announces summer instructors’ concerts

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World-renowned pipers and drummers play in Kutztown and Edinboro, PA

The Balmoral School of Piping & Drumming will present two concerts featuring some of the best pipers and drummers in the world as part of their 2024 summer program. Both concerts will be free and open to the public.

The first concert will be held at Kutztown University, Thursday, July 11, 7:30pm, in the Georgian Room, Old Main Circle, Kutztown, PA 19530. Appearing in the Kutztown concert:

Bruce Gandy was a member of the 78th Fraser Highlanders, the first non-Scottish band to win the World Pipe Band Championships (1987). Bruce’s solo awards include the Canadian Gold Medal, Gold Medal at the Northern Meeting, Gold Medal at Oban and Bratach Gorm. He is a 3-time winner of the MacCrimmon Memorial Cairn for Piobaireachd.

Derek Midgley has won B Marches and Silver Medal at the Northern Meeting, 2nd Highland Society of London Gold Medal at Oban; Dunvegan Medal, 6/8 Marches & 2/4 Marches at Dunvegan, Overall at the United States Piping Foundation Championship.

Andrew Carlisle is Director of Piping at Carnegie Mellon University, Andrew has won A Grade Strathspey & Reel at Oban, A Grade Piobaireachd and overall at the Cowal Highland Gathering, US Gold for both Light Music & Piobaireachd, and three All-Ireland titles at Senior level.

The second concert will be held at PennWest-Edinboro University, Thursday, July 18, 7:30pm, in the Pogue Theatre, Pogue Student Center, 405 Scotland Rd, Edinboro, PA 16444. Appearing in Edinboro:

Roddy MacLeod MBE is 10-time winner of the Piobaireachd and 5-time Overall winner at the Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championship. As Pipe Major he led the Scottish Power Pipe Band to 45 Grade 1 Championship prizes and was Principal of The National Piping Centre from 1996-2020.

Terry Tully is one of the most influential composers of bagpipe music in Ireland. A former Pipe Major of St. Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band, under his leadership, SLOT was the first pipe band from the Republic of Ireland to win the Grade One World Championship.

Miles Bennington is Principal drumming instructor for the CMU Pipe Band, his prizes include North American Champion, Canadian Champion, U.S. Champion, EUSPBA Champion, PPBSO Champion Supreme, and top ten at the World Pipe Band Championships.

Balmoral staff instructor, Richmond Johnston, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for both concerts. Sean Regan (staff piping instructor) and Ian McLeod (staff drumming instructor) will perform in Edinboro, alongside our summer guest instructors.  

For information about our summer Piping & Drumming Camps, please visit bagpiping.org. To inquire about scholarships, discounts, or financial aid, call (412) 323-2707.