December 16, 2016

Piping & Drumming Workshop – February 10, 2018

Coming in February 2018!  

SATURDAY, FEB 10TH, 1 PM to 5 PM:  Piping and Drumming Workshop

SATURDAY EVENING, FEB 10TH, 7:30 PM:  Recital with Steven McWhirter and Callum Beaumont

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 brought you Steven McWhirter last year, current Adult World Solo Drumming Champion (2017).  He’s coming back again this year to Dunedin!  And this time, we have Callum Beaumont, a World Champion Piper.  The Dunedin Scottish Arts Foundation is proud to bring them to our Hall for a one-of-a-kind workshop on Saturday, February 10th.

Piping Topics to include finger control, improving embellishment technique, musical phrasing, and developing that great bagpipe sound.

Drumming Topics to include improving technique and rudimental execution, how to prepare for a winning performance, improving dynamic range, and fun drum fanfare stick moves.

We are bringing them to Dunedin in February for you to learn and hone your skills just in time for the 2018 Highland Games Competitive Season.


The cost of your Workshop (and one recital ticket) is $65.  Download the registration as soon as possible here:  DSAF Workshop 2018 Registration

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 eight times and current Adult World Solo Drumming Champion (2017), 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 & 2017, 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 World Drum Corps Championships, World Pipe Band Championships, and 2017 Champion of Champions as the lead drummer for the Inverary and District Pipe Band.


Callum Beaumont currently resides in Lithlithgow, Scotland and tutors students at the prestigious private Dollar Academy.  He is also very active in teaching piping throughout the world, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the USA.

Callum started on the bagpipes at age 7.  He progressed through the junior ranks and won all of the major junior prizes in Scotland, including multiple gold medals at Cowal Highland Gathering, Scottish Junior championship titles and a debut win of the MacGregor memorial at age 14.  By age 15, Callum had progressed to the senior grades and finished second in the Piobaireachd section of the Duncan Johnstone Competition, his inaugural senior event.  Throughout his senior years, he has been instructed by Tom Spears and Willie MacCallum.

At age 12, Callum joined the Grade 1 Lothian & Borders Pipe Band, later moving to Shotts & Dykehead, Simon Fraser University, and Inverary & District.  He has won a World Championship title with each band, and most recently in 2017 with Inverary & District.

Callum has won many of the most prestigious titles in the solo piping world, including being the youngest ever winner of the The Clasp, two gold medals, and The Silver Chanter.

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