Kahlil lives in Ottawa, Ontario with his wife, Brenda Jackson and their 14 year-old children, Ella and Rowan. He is the Director, Strategic Planning at the Department of Canadian Heritage.
1988 saw Kahlil join the Glengarry Pipe Band in Glengarry, Ontario. This being his first foray into pipe bands, he learned a great deal from Pipe-Major Colin MacLellan and snare drummer, John Kerr. Kahlil played bass in the band during it’s 9-year ascent from Grade 4 to Grade 1. Along the way he earned numerous band and individual awards at national and international levels. After a brief hiatus, Kahlil re-joined the band in 2003 and won the Best Bass title at the World Pipe Band Championships in 2004 in grade 2.
The 78th Highlanders of Halifax came calling in 2005 and Kahlil has been making the 1.5 hour commute by plane to rehearsals for the last 10 years. During this time he has competed with the band at the Worlds and at various gigs in Canada. Recently the band won the 2014 North American Championships with Kahlil taking the best bass award as well. This period also brought many other prizes including the MHAF Gold Medal for Bass in 2008 and 2015
In 2008, Kahlil played as an original member of the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band. Their only contest performance was at the Worlds where they realized their goal of making the Finals. He then played bass for the band three years later during a concert at the Royal Glasgow Concert Hall as part of the Celtic Connections festival.
Kahlil is also an adjudicator and instructor having judged and taught at various venues from Winter Storm in Kansas City to Fall Fusion in Brampton as well as local contests in Ontario and schools in Nova Scotia.
Jeremy started drumming at the age of 9 with the Dartmouth Boys Pipes and Drums now known as “Dartmouth & District Pipe Band”. He quickly climbed the ranks and by the age of 16 won the North American Championships for the Professional Drumming MSR. He is a multiple Atlantic Canadian Champion for Grades 3, 2, 1 and Professional. Jeremy played five years with the former Halifax Police Grade One band and led the Grade One Peel Regional Police Pipe Band, with Pipe Major Michael Grey (1999) and John Elliott (2000). He also led the grade one band Toronto Police Pipe Band in 2003 and played with the 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band for some time. As lead drummer in 1999 and 2003, his drum corps won Grade One North American best drum corps titles.
From 2010-2013 Jeremy returned to his east routes and was leading drummer for the grade 3 Dartmouth and District Pipe band. During that time they achieved best drum corps titles at the North American Championships in 2011 and 2013. Also in 2011 and 2013 he was able to win the North American Professional Solo Drumming prizes with all firsts.
Most recently Jeremy was asked to take on the role as lead drummer for the 78th Halifax Citadel grade one pipe band under the direction of world renowned bagpiper Alex Gandy. This season the band gained firsts prizes at Kingston Highland Games in May and most recently won the North America Championships in early August with first placings in Drumming and Ensemble in the medley contest.
Jeremy teaches pipe band Drumming professionally throughout the maritimes and also works for Capital Health in the field of Urology. He has also been playing the Irish Uilleann bagpipes for 15 years.
Roddy MacLeod MBE
Roddy MacLeod MBE is the Principal of The National Piping Centre. One of the world’s most accomplished competitive solo pipers, Roddy was tutored by piper and composer Duncan Johnstone and has won all of solo piping’s most coveted awards, many of them several times over. He is in keen international demand as a recitalist, judge and instructor. He was Pipe Major of the World renowned Grade 1 ScottishPower Pipe Band from 1995 – 2005 during which time he led them to over 45 Grade 1 Championship prizes in major competition including the Cowal Championships and the All-Ireland Championship. In 2008 he led the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band to the final of Grade 1 at the World Pipe Band Championships after bringing together a group of the worlds top solo pipers and drummers together for a short period of intensive practice. With a strong background in teaching, a dedication to the promotion of standards within piping and a zeal to widen popular appreciation of the pipes, he exemplifies the role, task and standing of The National Piping Centre. Roddy is also a Director and a Founder of Piping Live!, the Glasgow International Piping Festival.
- Awarded MBE for Services to Piping 2003;
- Winner of the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for Music 2004;
- Winner, Kishmul Banner composition competition;
Solo competition prizes include:
- Glenfiddich Piping Championship, overall winner (4 times), MSR winner (twice), Piobaireachd winner (8 times);
- Northern Meetings, Inverness – Highland Society of London Gold Medal, Bicentenary Gold Medal and Clasp (2), Former Winners MSR;
- Argyllshire Gatherings, Oban – Highland Society of London Gold Medal, Senior Piobaireachd (2), Former Winners MSR (2), and Open Jigs;
- Bratach Gorm (5 times);
- Silver Chanter (6 times);
- Gillies Cup Open Piobaireachd, London (9 times);
- London Medallion Former Winners MSR (5 times);
- Scottish Piping Society of London overall champion (7 times);
- National Mod overall champion (5 times);
- Uist and Barra overall winner (5 times);
- Donald MacLeod Memorial Competition overall winner (2 times);
- Springbank Invitational Overall Winner;
- Dunvegan Medal;
- Dunvegan Colonel Jock MacDonald Clasp (4 times);
- Dr Allan MacDonald Cup for overall winner at Skye (3 times);
- Highland Society of London Gold Medal, overall winner (Skye) (3 times);
- Dr Dan Reid Invitational overall winner (3 times);
- G.S McLennan Invitational overall winner;
- Scottish Pipers Association overall winner (4 times);
- Scottish Pipers Association Piping Times Knockout winner;
- Highlands and Islands Festival Invitational Piobaireachd winner (4 times);
- Clan Donald Quaich winner;
- Lochaber Tuagh Or Invitational Piobaireachd winner (3 times);
- Haddo House Quaich Invitational winner;
- Scotway Garden Festival 20th Century Piobaireachd winner;
- Scotway Lord Provost of Glasgow’s Competition MSR (3 times);
- World’s Greatest Pipers, Volume 6;
- Pipers of Distinction series (KRL);
- Piping Centre Recital Series;
- RSPS “The Last Piper”;
- Hebridean Piper video.
- Roddy MacLeod MBE Piobaireachd Volume 1
With his piping career beginning at the age of 9, John has had many years of piping experience. As well as the traditional solo and pipe band competition circuits he has a good deal of experience performing with orchestras, trad groups, cross-cultural collaborations and his own experimental ensembles.
He originally received tuition from his father, Brian Mulhearn – proprietor and pipe maker at the Ayrshire Bagpipe Company, and a well know face on the Scottish highland games circuit. Then, moving onto lessons with Angus J. MacLellan – former Pipe Sergeant of the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band and double Gold Medalist – he received the tuition that would provide a solid grounding for what would become a successful junior solo piping career, winning most of the major prizes on the junior circuit.
During his late teens and early twenties John took a break from piping, allowing time to explore other musical genres. It was during this time that the seeds were sown for what would become his debut album in 2009 – a record that forges a connection between traditional pipe music and contemporary electronic music. At the same time as working on and releasing this album his career as a solo competitive piper and teacher was rekindled, working up an impressive record on the games circuit and at the major gatherings. Recent achievements include being runner-up in the 2012 Highland Society of London Gold Medal at the Argyllshire Gathering.
Stuart Samson MBE
Captain (Retired) Stuart D Samson MBE
Stuart Samson was born in Laurencekirk and has been playing the pipes since the age of 8. He enlisted into the Army in 1978, as a junior piper and joined the Drums and Pipes of The Gordon Highlanders in 1980. He was appointed Pipe Major of the Gordon Highlanders from 1990 – 1994 and then went on to carry out several Pipe Major appointments including the Pipe Major of the Highlanders and the Warrant Officer Class One Senior Pipe Major at the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming. He was commissioned in 2002 and was appointed the Director of the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming in April 2003. He was responsible for providing all the structured musical training for pipers and drummers in the British Army as well as advising the Higher Command and Commanding Officers regarding Pipe Band matters. During this time he was also responsible as the Director of Army Bagpipe Music, for coordinating the musical programme and display for the Massed Pipes and Drums at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. He has considerable experience in this field having first performed in the Tattoo in 1979 and many times thereafter as a piper and Pipe Major. Stuart has also been successful on the solo piping circuit over the years, winning the Silver Medal at the Argyllshire Gathering in 1988 and being placed second in the Gold Medal in both Inverness and Oban in 1995 and 1998 respectively, gaining an invitation to the Glenfiddich Championships in 1998. Stuart completed his Army service in April 2008 having served 30 years and was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June this year in recognition for services to Army Piping and a distinguished career. Stuart is currently a part time Instructor at the National Piping Centre teaching on the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland BA Scottish Music – Piping Degree. In addition to this Stuart is also the Director of Music for the Massed Pipes and Drums at the Basel Tattoo in Switzerland, which takes place annually in July and The Berlin Tattoo in Germany which takes place in November.
Stuart Samson is not available for lessons.
**Instructors may vary due to unforeseen circumstances**