Piping and Drumming Instructors
James Barrie, Principal: Jim was taught bagpipes by his father, William Barrie, a pupil of the renowned pipers John MacDougall
Gillies and Robert Reid. He is an authority in the Cameron style of piobaireachd. Jim was playing at a professional level
by the age of 13, and in addition to being a successful competitor, went on to produce and record piping, dance and folk
music. His compositions have been widely played, and appear in his recently published book. He is a sought-after
adjudicator and teacher, and has a long association with WAPM.
Turnbull: Matt is a protege of Willie Connell, another expert
in Cameron style piobaireachd, and has also received instruction from many other piping "greats." He has won solo awards at
all the major venues both here and abroad. Matt is also a Highland Dance piper, and was once a champion Highland dancer himself.
Students from last year's school will remember Matt as one of the judges for the Seaforth Cup Challenge.
P/M Dr. Gordon Pollock: Gordon is the Pipe Major
of the Cowichan Pipes and Drums, and a former member of the world-class City of Victoria Pipe Band. He is a veritable techno-whiz
and will share his knowledge about working with Bagpipe Writer, and other techno secrets, with his students.
Kimberly Smith-Jones: We are so fortunate that Kim has moved to Vancouver
Island from the mainland. Kim is a valued member of the Grade 2 Maple Ridge Pipe Band, past president of the BC Pipers Association
and a successful competitive piper at the professional level. She has extensive experience teaching pipers. Her enthusiasm
for the music is infectious, and she has a talent for finding the best in her pupils.
John Fisher: A
North American drumming champion, John returns once again to Queen Margaret's School, Duncan BC. Last year's survey
sheets showed that students had requested additional instruction from John Fisher. We are excited to have
him as Chief Drumming Instructor at this year's Summer School. In 2003, he led the 78th Frasers drum corps at the World
Pipe Band Championships. He has over 25 years experience as a drummer, performer and teacher and enjoys an international reputation
as a master of technique. His talents do not stop at pipe band drumming and he performed for several years as a session
drummer in California and Canada. John Fisher has something to offer all drummers.