Piping Instructors

  • Ken Eller

    Ken Eller, also known as "The Captain", has had a 50 year piping career….15 times a winner of the North American Pipe Band Championships with 2 bands: the 78th Fraser Highlanders and the Clan MacFarlane Pipe Band. He is now retired from active competition and has expanded his teaching career with online lessons at www.thecaptainscorner.com He has been a member of the Piper’s and Pipe Band Society of Ontario (PPBSO) since 1962 and is also a member of EUSPBA, the Eastern US Pipe Band Association. In 1984/85 he was admitted to the panel of adjudicators for both these organizations. Most recently (2005), he was accepted by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) to their panel as an international adjudicator. Ken teaches piping full time since retiring from a 32 year career as a mathematics professor at Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology. During the summer months, you will find him teaching at the various summer schools across North America and judging at Highland Games both here and in Scotland.

    He is married to Diane, an internationally recognized triathlete and former age group world champion, who herself played in the Guelph and Erskine Pipe Bands. They have two children, Lindsay, 35 and Cameron, 31.

  • Bruce Gandy
  • Michael Grey
  • Matt MacIsaac
  • Bob Worrall

    Bob Worrall is one of North America’s leading teachers, adjudicators and performers. Bob is a respected composer, having published two collections of bagpipe music. He is featured on three solo piping recordings and is a member of the folk group “Scantily Plaid”.

    After a piping career with a number of Ontario’s leading pipe bands, including the City of Toronto Pipe Band and the General Motors Pipe Band, Bob retired from competitive piping in 1983. His solo accomplishments were extensive, both in North America and Scotland. He won the North American Professional Championship an unprecedented 7 times and the Ontario Professional Championship Supreme title for 12 of his 13 years in the professional class. He was also the 1977 winner of the March and Strathspey/Reel events in Inverness. He was a pupil of Bill Millar, Willie Connell and the late John Wilson.

    A member of North American and the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association’s judging panels, Bob has been selected to judge the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow on twelve occasions. For the last eight years he has been the colour commentator for the BBC’s broadcast of the World Pipe Band Championships. He is a member of the Piobaireachd Society’s Senior Judges list and has adjudicated major competitions throughout the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, Brittany and South Africa. Bob’s recent overseas piping ventures have included teaching and performing engagements in Zimbabwe and Italy. Bob was the senior instructor at the Gaelic College in Cape Breton for 15 years. More recent piping camps have included Kingston (Ontario), the Ohio Scottish Arts School, Lake Diefenbaker (Saskatchewan), Washington State and Oregon, Vancouver Island, Uruguay, Australia and South Africa. Weekend workshops, adjudicating and recitals provide him with a schedule that has taken him to virtually all of the Canadian provinces and 36 U.S. States.

Updated on Aug. 5, 2015 at 15:08 PM EDT