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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


Can you hear the Celestial Bagpipe Band?
Jack Robertson became a new member on Monday, August 26th. I am very sad to lose him, but I will cherish many happy memories of our life together. Jack will be honored with a 2 pm Masonic Memorial Service on Saturday at the Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home in St. Petersburg, FL, and will be buried with bagpipe tunes on Tuesday at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, hurricanes permitting.

ROBERTSON,JOHN ROBERTSON,(Jack); passed away on August 26, 2019 in St. Petersburg, FL. He was born in Bedford, Ohio on March 26, 1931. He was preceded in death by his father, Gilbert Robertson; mother, Nancy Morrison; and wife Kay Mealy. He leaves his wife Joan; sons, John (Edie), and Keith; step-daughters, Lea Bussmann and Heather (Brian) Marks; and grandchildren, Jennifer and Kevin and their mother Jackie Robertson, and Savannah Marks. He served as a Seabee in Adak during the Korean War and worked as a bricklayer and mason, and in city services in Solon, Cleveland Heights, and Shaker Heights. He was a member of the Solon Masonic Lodge 757, the Solon AMVETS, Seabee Island X-9 in Cleveland, and South Shore Cruising Club. Jack was a piper with the Cleveland Kiltie Band, the St. Andrews Pipe Band in Dayton, and several bands in Florida. He was a member of the Scottish-American Society in Akron and the St. Andrews Society in Dayton. Because of his love of bagpiping, he established a full scholarship for pipers at the Ohio School of Scottish Arts. He and his wife Joan played bagpipe and fiddle together for many events. He enjoyed traveling, and in retirement they volunteered in state parks in Florida, Georgia, and Texas for 17 years. He leaves many friends in Ohio, their winter home of Zephyrhills, Florida, and the Masonic home of Florida in St. Petersburg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jack Robertson Piping Scholarship, 1746 Dover Center Rd, Westlake, OH 44145.


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!


30th December 2014

Alec Brown just received notification that he has been upgraded from Amateur to Professional grade Drum Major in the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association.



Congratulations to the Cyril Scott Pipe Band
- an Ohio band from the Columbus area -
which moved up to EUSPBA grade IV.

The Cyril Scott Pipe Band is a traditional Scottish style pipe band. The Band has performed with the Chieftains in 2008, 2009 and in 2010, the Ohio State Marching Band during half time shows, including the Fiesta Bowl, the Columbus Symphony, the Columbus Pops Orchestra and at Huntington Park for the Columbus Clippers. The band is a perennial favorite at the Dublin Irish Festival, held in Dublin Ohio every first weekend in August.  [They have also played for the Celtic Beltane Festival.]


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


The CELTIC EAGLE PIPE BAND once again performed at the Celtic Beltane Festival, held at the Tudor House in New Franklin Ohio on the 18th of May 2014.  They gave an absolutely outstanding performance - well and enthusiastically appreciated by all who attended.

The Celtic Eagle Pipe Band is the official pipe band of the Scottish American Society.  We are very proud of all their accomplishments and of their very professional performances.

Our hats are off to them and our hands applaud them for all they do!


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

The weather conditions forced the pipe band competitions indoors at the Edinboro Highland Games on 9/8/12.  At an event that, in years past, has been dominated by the McDonald Pipe Band of Pittsburgh... the Celtic Eagle Pipe Band of Akron took first place among the grade V bands.  Under the leadership of Pipe Major Tim Wiley, all the hard work this summer seems to have paid off.  The drum corp, under the guidance of Rich Schwenning, also received high marks from the judges. 
Celtic Eagle plans to carry on their success this next weekend (9/22/12) as they once again travel into Pennsylvania... this time to compete at the Highland Games in Ligonier.  Wish us luck and safe travels as we aim to do something we never accomplished before... landing first place trophies in two consecutive competitions.



Greetings from Scotland

We thought the Society might possibly be interested in a new CD we’ve just launched (produced by Greentrax Recordings).  It has 14 tracks (33 tunes) of popular pipe band music from the 2009 Scottish Pipe Band of the Year.  

We have put together a short (three-minute) video which features one of the tracks plus images of the band. It’s now on YouTube at:


 There’s more about the band and the CD on our website, www.haddingtonpipeband.co.uk. There’s also information there about ordering the CD, should you be interested in doing that. (It costs just 10 (plus postage and packing) and we’re turning orders around within 2-3 days.)

 Many thanks for giving this your attention, and very best wishes, 

Alastair Bruce

Haddington Pipe Band



Akron's own Celtic Eagle Pipe Band placed in both the EUSPBA and the Ohio Valley competitions at the Ohio Scottish Games this year.  The band earned a solid 3rd place in both competitions (with esteemed judge Reay MacKay giving us first place marks in piping).  Even better yet, our drummers were given the distinction of best grade 5 drum corp at the games!!!  The tightness and consistency of our drummers really helped to push us into the top 3!!!  The placings earned the band some cash awards to help with the cost of outfitting and travel. 
Our next competition will be in Edinboro PA, on July 30th and then Ligonier PA on September 10th.  We're constantly improving our technique during the summer and look forward to showing the piping world that the Celtic Eagle is truly on the hunt!
Reported by Brian McElhiney


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.




Marlene Donaldson. Tel.:  330-733-1866.  Email: glaswegan2003@yahoo.com;






Tim Wiley (PM)
7988 West Smith Road
MedinaOH 44256-7515
(330) 721 - 1841


CLEVELAND KILTIE BAND - Established 1923

For information, please contact:

Tom Kisicki, Pipe Major - 216-221-1566, or Bill Stanton - 440-235-3273






Tel.: 440-564-2500

email: info@geaugahighlanders.com




Pipe Major Al Wright: al@lochaberpipeband.com

Pipe Sergeant Colin Wright: colin@lochaberpipeband.com

Pipe Corporal Glenn Wright: glenn@lochaberpipeband.com

Drum Sergeant Alex Wright: alex@lochaberpipeband.com

Treasurer Jock Beaton: jock@lochaberpipeband.com




Bentley Wall, Pipe Major - Tel.:  330-673-0141

1683 Kent Street, Kent OH 44240



THE RED HACKLE - Pipes & Drums

Sandy Hain, Pipe Major Emeritus

For information contact: Bob Boey (440)734-3731; Colleen Campbell (330) 391-4616; Stephanie Valley (216) 64203167



E-mail:  piperles.kloc@gmail.com



*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
Nathan Zeigler - ndz2@zips.uakron.edu Tel.: 440-313-5021

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

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