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Scottish American Society

Our Celtic Eagle Pipe Band has a Youth Piping Program. Bagpipe Lessons for Beginners ages 8-18. Classes are Tuesdays 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm at Johnson United Methodist Church, 3407 Johnson Rd., Norton OH. For more information, please contact Tim Wiley: tim.j.wiley@gmail.com


Ohio Valley Champion Supreme Final Band Placings-2019.
Congratulations to 87th Cleveland for winning both the Grade 4 and Grade 5 Ohio Valley Champion Supreme Awards. We will announce solo standings within the next week.
Grade 2
Great Lakes 2
Grade 3
No Bands Entered
Grade 4
87th Cleveland 9
Louisville 2
Cyril Scott
Grade 5
87th Cleveland 23
Balmoral 20
MacDonald Pipe Band 18
Cincinnati Caledonian 8
Celtic Eagle
Capital City 5
Miami Valley P & D 5
College of Wooster 3
Kentucky United

Ohio Valley Branch Individual Final 2019 Season Standings

Grade 3

Jesse Tucker 32

Grade 5

Meghan McIlhinney 24

Open Drum Major

Alec Brown


News from our official Sas'y piper, Brian McElhinney. Under the instruction of professional piper Nick Hudson and Pipe Major Tim Wiley, Brian won the title of Ohio Valley Champion Supreme, EUSPBA Grade 3 Piobaireachd plaque as top points winner and also finished 1st place in the overall Eastern US standings. With many medals and piper-of-the-day trophies in 2018, he was awarded a promotion to grade 2 competitor status.


Following close on the heels of her father,
Ohio Valley Branch E U S P B A Yesterday announced their Congratulations to Meghan McElhinney, winner of Grade 5 Piper of the Day. Meghan was also awarded the Dorothy Riddell $300 to the Ohio Scottish Arts School for her accomplishment.


The Balmoral School’s 2019 Summer Schools in Pittsburgh and at ESU

This summer, the Balmoral School of Piping and Drumming will hold two summer school sessions in Pennsylvania. The first will be held at Shadyside Academy in Pittsburgh, from July 7-12, the second at ESU in East Stroudsburg, July 14-19. Our Pittsburgh session guest instructors will be Andrew Carlisle and Bruce Gandy.

Professor of Music and Director of Piping at Carnegie Mellon University, Carlisle has won the A Grade Strathspey and Reel at Oban, the A Grade Piobaireachd & Overall at The Cowal Highland Gathering, and three All-Ireland titles at Senior level. Gandy’s solo piping awards include the Canadian Gold Medal, Gold Medal at the Northern Meeting, Gold Medal at Oban, and Bratach Gorm. He is a 3-time winner of the MacCrimmon Memorial Cairn for Piobaireachd and is a Vancouver Indoor 6-Time Metro Cup Winner.

At our ESU session, Andrew Carlisle teaches alongside Jimmy Bell. Bell directed Parlin and District Pipe Band to a North American championship in the EUSPBA. As a solo piper, he’s won the Metro Cup, Canadian Gold Medal, and EUSPBA Overall Professional Champion. He is on the Scottish Solo Piping Judges Association.

Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Balmoral School George Balderose says, “The 2019 Balmoral Summer programs have a variety of offerings from professionals in the field that cover all aspects of Highland Piping, from beginning to advanced pipers and drummers, including a course on playing the pipes in ensembles with other types of instruments.”

Drumming instructor Gordon Bell, led Parlin & District’s drum corp from 1975 throughthe 1980s, as the band dominated the EUSPBA pipeband scene, winning the Grade 2 North American Championship, placing them in Grade 1. In the solo field, Gordon won EUSPBA Overall Champion each year from 1979 to 1987.

Colin Bell will direct the Celtic ensemble music program at ESU, in which students who play other instruments will perform with pipers and drummers in an ensemble setting. Bell has written and arranged music for Janina Gavankar (The League, True Blood) and Questlove (drummer for The Roots and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon).

Each weeklong session is an intensive summer program for pipers and drummers of all ages. Students, both individuals and pipe bands, in classes of five or fewer, will receive instruction on the Great Highland pipes, Scottish smallpipes, snare, tenor drum and bassdrum, while making friendships that last a lifetime. Scholarship assistance available for students under 21, as well as significant discounts for multiple members of the same band.

Great day for the Great Lakes Pipe Band winning the Gr 2 MSR event in Pleasonton, CA with 3 firsts.
1 Great Lakes Pipe Band
2 Portland Metro
3 North Stratton (Edmonton)
4 Winnipeg Police
5 Prince Charles (San Francisco)
7 Atlanta PB
8 Wasatch & District (Utah)



They took first place in the Ohio Valley Branch (Eastern United States Pipe Band Association) Indoor Competition.
HOORAY !!!  We're very proud of you.

Our own award-winning Celtic Eagle Pipe Band has released its first CD, "Sticks & Drones".  The cost per CD is $15 for a regular CD (Band badge in color on the CD) or $25 for the limited Edition (Band Badge in Gold and Black on the CD).  There are only 300 of these Limited Edition CD's.

Let Brian McElhinney know if you are interested in purchasing one. 


Congratulations to our own Brian McElhinney for his success at the Cincinnati Piping & Drumming Solo Competition on April 09th.

Brian won 1st place in the Slow March and also won medals in the Piobaireachd, 2/4 March and 6/8 March.



At the Ligonier Highland Games he won
1st place in the Professional Drum Major Competition.


Congratulations to Tim Wiley and Dave Forshew

Celtic Eagle Pipe Band would like to congratulate it's members on a few Solo competition winds on Saturday March 21st at the Ereppa Grotto Pipe Band Indoor Solo Contest;
Tim Wiley - 2nd in 2/4 March, 3rd in Strathspay/Reel
Dave Forshew - 3rd in Slow Air

Good Job... we have great pipers and teachers!

A report on a recent performance of our own Celtic Eagle Pipe Band, by PM Tim Wiley

The Celtic Eagle Pipe Band continues to improve and did well taking a third in the Livonia Grade 4 contest and a 5th in the Open 6/8 contest.  But we are only as good as the great individuals in our band like Brian McElhiney!

You should know that Brian came in FIRST in his Piobaireachd contest and was named the overall Grade 3 Piper of the Day at Livonia!!  I am including a pic if you would like for snippets of Brian's big win!

Official Scottish American Society Piper


Ligonier - 2012

Prize Winners!
Brian McElhinney
The Celtic Eagle Pipe Band continued their success with another 1st place finish.  It's the first time the band has won 1st place in two consecutive contests.  We took 1st in piping, 1st in drumming and our drum major (Alec Brown) also took 1st place in the Drum Majors competition.  It was a very successful day for the Celtic Eagles.
As a side note, our friends from Columbus (Cyril Scott Pipe Band) took 2nd place. 
I've attached a photo of Celtic Eagle with the trophy. [see above]

Brian McElhinney - Official SAS'y Piper
Photo by Joy Dingman



We have a new meeting hall. It is the Amherst Eagles Hall, 1161 Milan Ave, Amherst 44001. Practices are held on Tuesday nights starting at 7:30 pm.


Do you wish to hire a local pipe band?  Piper? 
These are some contacts you might wish to explore.

If you are a piper or pipe band and wish to be listed here, please send me your details - I'll be happy to add them.  Just send a note to:  mfrost@nls.net with the information you want included.


*Pipe bands charge for appearing at your event.  Costs vary. 


Brian McElhinney -- or 330-628-4202 is our official Scottish American Society piper.


(alphabetical listing)

James R. Baxter: Cell: 216-551-0426, e-mail: baxtoys@yahoo.com

James Beaton: Cell: 440-396-3075, e-mail: James@TheBaldPiper.com

Jon Lilley - jlilley12@neo.rr.com

Brian McElhinney -- brian@pocketfullofclover.com or 330-628-4202

Linda Regnaudin (lindaregnaudin@verizon.net) or 330-666-0555

Jesse Tucker - Tel.: 216-258-8908

Tim Wiley -- tim.j.wiley@gmail.com

Donald B. Willis - Tel.: (440) 461-3709 email: piperdonaldwillis@yahoo.com

*Pipers do charge for playing for your event. Their fees vary.

*Pipers do charge for playing for your event.  Their fees vary.