Instructors  

Principal of the Academy

 

Robert Wallace is one of the world's leading bagpipe educators. A double Gold Medal winner and professional bagpiper, he has taught piping all over the world including the US, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Europe. He is a senior adjudicator for solo competition and an examiner for the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board. Mr Wallace is also President of the Piobaireachd Society and editor of the web magazine, pipingpress.com.

Snr. Piping Instructor - P/M Barry Donaldson

 

P/M Donaldson is a ten times winner of the World Pipe Band Championship with the legendary Strathclyde Police Pipe Band. He works full time as a teacher of piping in Edinburgh. He has taught extensively abroad more so now that he has retired from his duties as a serving police officer. Barry is also an assessor for the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board and a senior solo adjudicator and adjudicator for the RSPBA.

Piping Instructor - Matt Pantaleoni

 

Matt is a piping instructor in St. Louis, Missouri and spends a part of each summer in Scotland competing around the highland games circuit.  Matt started piping in 1997 and studied primarily with the late P/M Alasdair Gillies (Queen's Own Highlanders/The Highlanders) and Jimmy McIntosh.  As an amateur, he won the United States Piping Foundation championship twice in 2001 and 2002 and took prizes in both the George Sherriff and Nicol-Brown invitationals.  He has featured in the prize list multiple times at the Dunvegan Medal (Skye) and is a holder of the Braemar Gold Medal piobaireachd competitions in Scotland as well as having collected numerous prizes around the Highland games circuit.  His pupils have achieved great competitive success in North America, including the overall at the Balmoral Classic and prizes in the Nicol-Brown and George Sherriff invitationals.  

Snare Drum Instructor - Stephen Creighton

Stephen is the lead drummer with the World Championship winning St Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band, Dublin, Ireland. His honours include, as a solo drummer, the 1989 World Junior Championship, 19 World Solo Finals, 5 Senior all Ireland Championships and 3 Ulster Senior Championships. With his corps, Stephen has won five Grade 1 All Ireland drumming titles, two Champion of Champions titles, and six World Drum Cops titles plus the 2010 World Pipe Band crown. Stephen is married to Amanda and has four children; Stephen Junior, Keith, Glen and Hannah.

Bass & Tenor Instructor - Simon Hodgett

Simon Hodgett is from Blackskull, Northern Ireland. He began playing the snare drum as a 10-year-old. He was taught snare drum for a number of years by ex-Field Marshal Montgomery drummer Keith Gourley who introduced him to a pair of tenor sticks - and it’s been his passion and obsession ever since. He joined SLOT in 2013 and has enjoyed successes with over 20 RSPBA & IPBA Major titles including 4 World Drumming Champion titles. In Northern Ireland & Ireland he has coordinated and instructed several bass sections and solo players including at Winterstorm in Kansas City.

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