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Instructors

Bruce Gandy, Head Piping Instructor
A native of Victoria, British Columbia, Bruce is well-known internationally for his competitive success, having most recently won the Gold Medal for Piobaireachd at Inverness. Besides being a first-class competitor, Bruce is also a prolific composer, having published three collections of pipe music to date. He also has many recordings as a soloist and band member to his credit.

Roderick MacLean, Piping Instructor
Roderick has been active in solo and band competition for almost 30 years. He was the Pipe Major of the Grade One 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) Pipe Band for 10 years, leading the group to a North American Pipe Championship in 2003 and a berth in the World Pipe Band Championship finals a year later. Roderick holds Level 6 and Teacher's certificates from the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board and won the Gold Medal (Canada) for Piobaireachd at Maxville, ON in 2004.

Tim Borton, Drumming Instructor
Percussionist Tim Borton is quickly establishing himself as one of the top young musicians in the country. A graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, his principal teachers included Russell Hartenberger, John Rudolph, Bev Johnston, and Robin Engelman, with additional studies at the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music with David Kent. Splitting his time between Halifax and Toronto, Tim frequently performs with such ensembles as Symphony Nova Scotia, the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Nothin' but Gnarly Ensemble at Acadia University. Tim also spent two years as Principal Percussionist with the Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand. Equally at home as a highland snare drummer, Tim has competed with grade one bands the 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) and Alberta Caledonia, and was formerly the lead drummer of the grade two City of Regina Pipe Band. Teaching credits include the Maritime Conservatory, Dalhousie University, Auckland University, the Vimy Ridge Academy (Edmonton), and the Conservatory of the Performing Arts (Regina).


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