Saturday, March 3, 2018
A Celebration of Woman Pipers featuring:
Katie Buckland (with special guest Karen MacLean)
78th Highlanders Halifax Citadel Pipe Band Quartet
Clare Henderson (featured amateur piper)
Followed by a ceilidh performance from Grace Beaton & Cailean MacLean.
About Katie Buckland
Katie Buckland hails from Sydney, Nova Scotia where she was introduced to the Great Highland Bagpipe by her mother, Pipe Major Karen MacLean. Katie has travelled the world playing at many competitions and ceremonies as well as for members of the Royal Family—including personal piper to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Katie has been a member of the Dartmouth & District Pipe Band and currently plays with the 78th Highlanders Halifax Citadel Pipe Band.
As a regular member of the Canadian Armed Forces, Katie is a musician by trade (bagpipes) and is the first female Pipe Major of the Regular Force, having been given the title during her time in Ottawa with the Royal Canadian Air Force Pipes and Drums.
While posted in Edmonton Katie was Pipe Major of the Viscount Park Pipe Band. She led the band to compete at the grade 2 level and they participated in Festival Interceltique in Lorient, France.
Katie was posted back home to Nova Scotia in 2014 where is the Pipe Major for the 12 Wing Shearwater Pipes and Drums. She is a student of Bruce Gandy's and also teaches students of her own.
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Featured solo piper: Alex Gandy
Quartet: Dartmouth & District Pipe Band
Featured amateur piper: Gillian Blaney
Ceilidh performance: Dave MacIsaac & Louis Benoit
ABout Alex Gandy
Alex has been piping since he was 10 years old and has had the good fortune of growing up in a piping family. Since starting he has been taught primarily by his father, Bruce Gandy. More recently he started receiving piobaireachd tuition from Colin MacLellan, his Godfather. In 2006 he moved to Glasgow between high-school and university and took lessons from Roddy MacLeod and played in Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band, winning the World Pipe Band Championships in 2007 and placing 2nd in 2008 with FMM. Playing in FMM under P/M Richard Parkes MBE was very influential and helped Alex to become Pipe Major of the Grade 1 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) Pipe Band. The band was a finalist at the World's in 2015 and won the North American Championships at Maxville in 2014. Alex is a multiple prize-winner in the Silver Medals at Oban and Inverness, winner of the Gold Medal in Kansas City and the Canadian Gold Medal and Clasp in Maxville. On the light music side he has won the A Grade MSR at Inverness in 2014 and this past summer he won the A Grade March and S/R at Oban on the same day. Alex and his father are the only father-son duo to have competed against each other in the Silver Star Former Winner's MSR at Inverness.
In his personal life, Alex works at RBC as a Financial Advisor and is engaged to Chantal Watt. Chantal is a seven-time Canadian Champion and has been a finalist at the World Championships held at Cowal each year, placing in the top three several times.