December 16, 2016

Piping & Drumming Extravaganza – February 10, 11, & 12, 2017

Coming in February 2017!  

FRIDAY, FEB 10TH, 6 PM:  Dunedin Scottish Arts Foundation Amateur Snare Drumming Invitational

SATURDAY, FEB 11TH, 9AM TO 4:30 PM:  Piping and Drumming Workshop

SATURDAY EVENING, FEB 11TH, 7:30 PM:  Recital with Steven McWhirter and Jack Lee

SUNDAY, FEB 12TH, 9 AM:  Dunedin Scottish Arts Foundation Amateur Piping Invitational

If you are a piper or a drummer, you won’t want to miss the chance to work with the “best in the business”!  We’re sure you’ve heard of these two guys, Steven McWhirter and Jack Lee.  We are bringing them to Dunedin in February for you to learn and hone your skills just in time for the 2017 Highland Games Competitive Season.

Drumming topics include technique and rudiment fundamentals, developing common rhythmic phrases, drum tuning, tone, and improving execution on the drum, solo and band preparation and performance tips.

Piping topics include a look at marches, working with chanter and drone reeds, piobaireachd, solo and band preparation and performance tips.

Download the registration as soon as possible here:  DSAF WORKSHOP FEB2017

With every registration, you’ll receive one recital ticket (Saturday evening).  Additional recital tickets are available for $10.

When complete, please mail to Eric MacNeill at the address on the form.  Any questions, please contact Eric at


The Experts


Steven McWhirter is seven times and current Adult World Solo Drumming Champion (2016), Leading Drummer of the Inveraray & District Pipe Band and full time drumming instructor with the Edinburgh Academy & Dollar Academy Pipe Bands since moving to Scotland in the Winter of 2008.

Steven began drumming in 1993 at the age of 10, with initial lessons from his father, Dessie. Steven joined the local Cullybackey Pipe Band in 1994, receiving snare instruction from Adrian Hoy. During his time under Adrian’s instruction Steven won many Juvenile and Junior solo competitions including the Worlds Juvenile section one on two occasions. In 1995 Steven progressed into the snare line where he remained until Cullybackey won the Grade 2 World Drumming title in 2001. It was then that J. Reid Maxwell approached him to join the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band in Vancouver, Canada. Between the years of 2002 – 2008 he travelled from his home in Northern Ireland to compete, teach and perform with the band in British Columbia, Canada.

Some highlights of Steven’s drumming career have been winning the adult section of the World Solo Drumming Championships in 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016, the Grade 1 World Drum Corps Championship in 2004 & 2008 along with the World Pipe Band Championships in 2008 with the SFU Pipe Band, and winning the European Championships & runner-up at the World Pipe Band Championships in 2014 with Inveraray & District after only five years in the premier grade. Inveraray & District were again runner-up at the World Pipe Band Championships in 2016.


For 30 years, Jack Lee has been regarded as one of the world’s leading pipers. His accomplishments as a solo piper, pipe band leader and teacher cause him to be in great demand as a performer and teacher throughout the world.

As a Solo Piper, Jack has won all the top awards available:  The Gold Medal (Inverness and Oban, Scotland), The Gold Clasp (twice) (Inverness, Scotland), The Glenfiddich Overall Championship (Blair Atholl, Scotland), The Glenfiddich Piobaireachd Contest (three times) (Blair Atholl, Scotland) The Senior Piobaireachd – (Oban, Scotland), The Silver Star for former winners MSR (four times) (Inverness, Scotland), The Bratach Gorm (twice) (London, England), The Gillies Cup (London, England) and a 17-times winner of the B.C. Pipers’ Association Annual Gathering.

Jack has released a solo CD as part of Lismor’s World’s Greatest Piper Series.  In 2001, Jack was voted “Competitive Piper of the Year” by Piper and Drummer Magazine In the Pipe Band world.

Jack is the Pipe Sergeant and co-founder of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band. In 2009, the band won its 6th World Championship. The band has been an extremely consistent prizewinner at the World Championships during the past 20 years, having won either 1st or 2nd on fourteen occasions. The band has recorded 11 CDs and 2 videos, including CDs at New York’s Carnegie Hall and the magnificent Sydney Opera House. Their youth band (Robert Malcolm Memorial) has won the World Juvenile Championships on four occasions.

As a Teacher, Jack’s dedicates many hours per week to private instruction at home and online around the world via Skype. Several of Jack’s students have gone on to win major solo prizes in Scotland. Jack teaches at many workshops and piping schools throughout North America and beyond each year.

On a personal level, Jack, and his brother Terry, were both awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada in 1999 for outstanding service to the country. Jack has three sons (Andrew, Colin and John) who pipe in the SFU Pipe Band.

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