Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

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Sat, Apr 28, 20189:00 am
Doors open
The Isabel – Classrooms Upstairs
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    Bob Worrall
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    Michael Grey
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    Ian K MacDonald
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Highland Piping Workshop - Advanced

A full day workshop with sessions from all three of our piping instructors. This workshop is geared towards advanced pipers that are eligible to compete in Grades 2 and 1. A practice chanter and bagpipes are required for these sessions. Each session is 1 hour 15 min in length with a 15 min break between sessions. One $30 ticket gets you into all 4 sessions.
Session 1: Ian K. MacDonald 
EFFICIENCY, TONE AND QUALITY BAGPIPES: Come have your instrument assessed following a discussion on everything tone related.  This is NOT a Pipe Maintenance class. Bagpipe is required. 
Session 2: Bob Worrall
THE SEARCH FOR LESS CONVENTIONAL 2/4 MARCHES & HORNPIPES: We will apply musical and technical strategies to a couple of contemporary/less often heard tunes. A 'hands on' session.
1 Hour Break
Session 3: Bob Worrall
GETTING THE MOST OUT OF COMPETITIVE STRATHSPEYS & REELS: Applying musical and technical strategies to a couple of tunes from each category. Another 'hands on' session.
Session 4: Michael Grey
PIOBROCH PREP: Interpret a new tune with cantairoch and a cold score.
Bob Worrall:
Bob is one of North America’s leading teachers, adjudicators and performers. Bob is a respected composer, having published three successful collections of bagpipe music. He is featured on three solo piping recordings and was a member of the folk group “Scantily Plaid”.
After a piping career with a number of Ontario’s leading pipe bands, including the City of Toronto Pipe Band and the General Motors Pipe Band, Bob retired from competitive piping in 1983. His solo accomplishments were extensive, both in North America and Scotland. He won the North American Professional Championship an unprecedented 7 times and the Ontario Professional Championship Supreme title for 12 of his 13 years in the professional class.  He was also the 1977 winner of the March and Strathspey/Reel events in Inverness. He was a pupil of Bill Millar, Willie Connell and the late John Wilson.
A member of North American and the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association’s judging panels, Bob has been selected to judge the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow on fourteen occasions. For the last twelve years he has been the colour commentator for the BBC’s broadcast of the World Pipe Band Championships. He is a member of the Piobaireachd Society’s Senior Judges list and has adjudicated major competitions throughout the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, Brittany and South Africa. Bob's recent overseas piping ventures have included teaching and performing engagements in Zimbabwe, Australia and Italy. His M.C. skills have been called upon by the Field Marshal Montgomery, Scottish Power, Inveraray and District, and Toronto Police Pipe Bands. 
Bob was the senior instructor at the Gaelic College in Cape Breton for 15 years. More recent piping camps have included Kingston (Ontario), the Ohio Scottish Arts School, Lake Diefenbaker (Saskatchewan), Washington State and Oregon, Vancouver Island, Uruguay, Australia and South Africa. Weekend workshops, adjudicating and recitals provide him with a schedule that has taken him to virtually all of the Canadian provinces and 36 U.S. States.
Ian K. MacDonald:
"Ian K" began playing at the age of eight years old and was taught by his father, P/M John MacDonald. At thirteen he received instruction from Jim McGillivray who introduced Ian to Piobaireachd. This was the year he joined the ranks of the Toronto Police Pipe Band where he has remained a member and eventually taking over as Pipe Major from his father in 1996. Ian has recently received instruction from Bill Livingstone and Peter Aumonier.
In 1997 Ian won the "A" grade Strathspey and Reel at Oban and Inverness.
In 2016 Ian became one of twelve pipers ever to win the "Double" Gold medal in Piobaireachd at Oban and Inverness capping off one of his finest years in his solo piping career.
In 2017, he was very busy attending the Metro Cup, the Donald MacLeod Memorial, the Donald MacDonald Quaich, won the Dunvegan Medal and participated in the Silver Chanter in Skye, 2nd place in the Senior Piobaireachd at the Argyllshire Gathering earning him his third invitation to the Glenfiddich Piping Championships at Blair Atholl castle.
Ian is a Detective with the Toronto Police Service and a proud husband of the beautiful Brenda, and father to Colin (18), Cameron (17) and beautiful Ashlyn (15).
Michael Grey: 
Michael received his early lessons at thirteen from George Walker of the 48th Highlanders of Canada and was a member of this illustrious band for three years. He studied under John Wilson, one of the twentieth century’s greatest players, and received extensive tuition from Bill Livingstone and John Walsh. He has four times won the North American Championship, the overall title at the Vancouver Indoor Meet twice, the Piobaireachd Society Gold Medal and that venue’s March, Strathspey & Reel and Former Winners’ MSR on the same day. In 1989 he won the aggregate championship at the Cowal Highland Gathering and is winner of the Scottish Piping Society of London’s Strachan Cup. He has seventeen times won the professional Ontario Championship Supreme awards for both classical (pibroch) and light music. In 1995 he won the Toronto Piper’s Society Knock-Out final; in 2003 he again won this testing event – for the third year in succession. 
He has published six books of pipe music and has released nine recordings. He was a founding member of the 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band and was a member when they became the first non-Scots band to win the Worlds in 1987. He was P/M of the Peel Police Pipe Band from 1995-99, P/S of the Toronto Police Pipe Band from 2007-13 and has been a member of the Glasgow Police Pipe Band since 2014.