Friday, October 21, 2016

Happy Friday!

This week’s College of Piping Pipe Band 50/50 Gold Rush Draw was a WINNER! It was number 2150, which belongs to Lillian MacAusland. The amount won in tonight’s draw was $14,999.00!!!  Thank you to everyone for your continued support towards the College of Piping Pipe Bands! We really appreciate it!

Congratulations and best wishes to College of Piping Grade 2 band piper, Ian Luddington, and his beautiful bride, Monica Singh, on their wedding day today!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Good Luck!

Have you gotten your toonie in for the College of Piping Pipe Band Gold Rush 50/50 draw yet?!  The draw is tonight and the jackpot is over $13,000!  That is a lot of money to go to one lucky player!  To be eligible to win, you have to play! Good luck!

October is a huge month (besides August!) for the biggest contests in the piping and drumming world.  This weekend is the World Solo Drumming Championships and next weekend, October 29th, the Glenfiddich Invitational Solo Piping Championship will take place.  The Glenfiddich is the contest that all solo pipers dream of being invited to and can only be invited by winning the top solo contests in the world as their golden ticket to the Glenfiddich. For piping enthusiasts, the online publication, pipes|drums, is having a fun contest to pick the top five overall winners of the Glenfiddich. For more information, please follow this link:  There are some cool prizes to be won!  Good luck!

If you can't be in Glasgow, Scotland for the World Solo Drumming Championships there is great news!  For the first time ever the event will be live streamed!  The championships are this weekend
(October 22nd).  For more information, please follow this link:  Good luck to everyone competing!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Don't Miss Out!!!

Have you got your toonie in this week for the 50/50 College of Piping Pipe Band Gold Rush draw?! It's over $13,000!!! Don't miss out on the jack pot!!!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Happy Hump Day!

I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  A great way to burn off the excess pumpkin pie, turkey or stuffing is by practicing!  A quick blast on your pipes, chanter, pad, drum or some quick dance moves should help burn off those extra calories!  The next date that the College will be closed is Friday, November 11th in observance of  Remembrance Day.

Sarah Simpson (second from the right in the front row) with her fellow competitors, judges Willie McCallum and Nick Hudson and contest founder Donald Lindsay. Photo courtesy of the Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational Competition Facebook Page.

Some big results this past weekend!  Sarah Simpson was away competing in Scotia, New York at the prestigious Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational Piping contest.  Sarah placed fourth in her piobaireachd.  Congratulations to Andrew Hutton for winning the overall convincingly with two firsts and a second! Well done to all of the competitors!

Linda Robertson with her award.

Skype student, Linda Robertson, had a great weekend at the Seaside Highland Games in Ventura, California.  Linda won the overall aggregate in the grade 3 piping category with a first and two seconds!  Linda's beautiful kilt attire (seen in the photo above) was made possible through being the 2016 recipient of The Epic Project. The Epic Project was founded by Susan Rose, owner of My Kiltmaker, who saw the need of our Celtic youth for traditional Scottish Highland attire for solos and community representation. For more information on The Epic Project, please check out their Facebook page:

Friday, October 7, 2016

Big News!!!

Drumming Instructor, Chris Coleman and Highland Dance Instructor, Marielle Lesperance show the conceptual drawings to the public.  

$2.7 million... Wow! What an amazing day for the College! MP Bobby Morrissey made the announcement to the press, and College students, volunteers, staff and supporters of the combined funding from Heritage Canada and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency toward our planned multi-use education/rehearsal/performance facility. Staff and alumni here look at the conceptual drawings for the new year-round home for Highland Storm and greater flexibility and possibilities for educational programming. What an incredible day and a gigantic boost from the federal government of Canada! Capital campaign to be launched soon and much much more to come!!!  The big announcement was also featured on CBC and the Journal Pioneer.  You can read the CBC article by following this link: and the Journal article by following this link:

Thursday, October 6, 2016


                        619 Water Street East, Summerside, PEI

WHEN:             FRIDAY OCTOBER 7, 2016 11:30 AM (come a few minutes early if possible and mingle with friends of the College)

SUBJECT:        Building on the Past, Growing the Future!

The invitation to attend this forthcoming event intended to reach all those who have played an integral part of our College development here in Summerside since 1989.  Yes that is almost 28 years of service to the youth of our community.

Our new Mission Statement says it all:

“Empowering Students to Realize their Full Potential through Celtic Performing Arts”

DID YOU KNOW? Our students come away from this Community’s College of Piping with a greater sense or standing in:

  • Self-confidence: By learning to study their art, practice and then perform in front of live audiences.
  • Social self-awareness: Students experience the act of giving and volunteering of their time to support community events, parades and fund raisers.
  • Global awareness:  Our students earn new friendships with other like-minded performers as they travel and compete against rivals from other parts of North America.
  • Team work: Students bond as an overall team by helping and encouraging fellow College students and deserving competitors alike.  They develop respect for themselves and the competition through this process.
  • Improvement in academic standing – many go on to post-secondary education levels.

We apologize for the short notice however forces beyond our control have dictated a short turnaround.  We hope everyone can visit us at the appropriate time, perhaps take an early lunch and join us for some exciting news.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Happy October!

It is decidedly fall out there today!  The leaves are changing rapidly which means it's almost time for some leaf peeping!  Autumn on the island is gorgeous with the varying colours between the land and sea.  At The College, we haven't stopped since the summer!  We have finished the first three weeks of classes and we're full steam ahead.  A reminder that there are no classes on October 10th as it is Thanksgiving Day.  A great way to burn off turkey and pumpkin pie is by practicing on that holiday Monday!

The College’s highland and step dancers will be getting a very unique opportunity to learn from an award winning sean nós (“old style”) step dancer from Ireland, Liam Scanlon. We will be hosting a fun-filled workshop with Liam on October 12th, open to all dancers from the College to broaden their dance horizons and get a taste for a different style of Celtic dancing. The following night, on October 13th we will be making a group outing to the Harbourfront Theatre to watch Liam perform with the percussive dance group “Zogma”. It is sure to lots of fun for everyone, and will hopefully inspire our dancers and fuel their passion for the Celtic arts! 

Congratulations to our champion supreme winners from the Atlantic Canada Pipe Band Association!  Each of our competing pipers, drummers and pipe bands accumulate points (if they are lucky enough to place!) as they compete at the various Atlantic Canada games throughout the year. Well done to our students and bands!  Your hard work has paid off!  

Grade 3 Overall:
2nd place: Chris MacKnight
Grade 3 Piobaireachd Overall:
1st place: Chris MacKnight
Junior Amateur Jig Overall:
3rd place: Chris MacKnight
Grade 2 Overall:
2nd place: Calum Brydon
Grade 2 Piobaireachd Overall:
1st place: Calum Brydon
Grade 1 Overall:
1st place: Sarah Simpson
Grade 1 Piobaireachd Overall:
1st place: Sarah Simpson
Senior Amateur Jig Overall:
3rd place: Sarah Simpson
Professional Overall:
2nd place: James MacHattie
Professional Piobaireachd Overall:
1st place: James MacHattie
Grade 5 Overall:
1st place: Stephen MacKinnon
Grade 4 Overall:
1st place: Jenna-Marie Gallant, 2nd place: Mairi Brydon
Grade 3 Overall:
1st place: Austin Trenholm
Junior Amateur Hornpipe/Jig Overall:
1st place: Austin Trenholm, 2nd place: Jenna-Marie Gallant, 3rd place: Dalton McCully
Professional Overall:
1st place: Sam Ramsay
Grade 5 Overall:
2nd place: College of Piping
Grade 4 Overall:
1st place: College of Piping
Grade 2 Overall:
1st place: College of Piping
Dress and Deportment
1st place: College of Piping