January 28, 2017

Eric MacNeill, Scottish drumming

Eric grew up in a pipe band family and was immersed in pipe bands and drumming since he was a toddler. He began competition in 1992 focusing initially on tenor drumming and Drum Majoring, winning the Drum Major North American Championships professional grade title four times. He joined the Oran Mor Pipe Band in 1996 and in 2000, mentored by Reid Maxwell of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band, Eric became the lead drummer for the grade 2 Oran Mor Pipe Band. He remained in that position through 2012 before joining the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band. In 2009, the Oran Mor Pipe Band moved to grade 1, and in 2011, Oran Mor qualified for the grade 1 final at the World Pipe Band Championships in Scotland. Since the fall of 2015, Eric has been the drumming director for the Dunedin pipe band programs and lead drummer of the City of Dunedin Grade 2 pipe band.

Since 2006, Eric has been a full-time pipe band drumming instructor, previously based in the northeast US. He is active as a clinician at weekend drumming seminars and week-long camps during the summer. As an active solo snare drumming competitor at the professional grade level, Eric has been Eastern United States Pipe Band Association Professional Season Champion several times, and has been a semi-finalist at the World Solo drumming Championships in Scotland five times. Eric served as president of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association from 2010-2014 and is currently a certified snare drumming and ensemble adjudicator, as well as a member of the Association’s Music Board.


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