Director and Piping Instructor
Sandy Jones began piping at the age of 8 under George Mars of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
He served with the U.S. Air Force Pipe Band and was Pipe Major of this organization for 8 years. As a member of the pipe band he often performed for Presidents, Heads of State, and dignitaries of foreign nations.
During his tenure in the Air Force he continued his studies of the bagpipe with Jack Chisolm of Inverness, Scotland and the late John MacFadyen of Glascow, Scotland.
In 1970, he and John MacFadyen co-founded the North American Academy of Piping which, over the years, has proven to be an excellent source of instruction on the bagpipe.
Sandy is the author of the tutor 'Beginning the Bagpipe'. He travels throughout North America judging at highland games, conducting workshops, and performing at recitals. He recently retired from The Citadel in Charleston, SC where he taught bagpipes for twenty-five years. Currently he is active with the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and the Charleston Scottish Games.
In 2017, Sandy was awarded the prestigious Balvenie Medal at the Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championship in Blair Atholl, Scotland.
Greg, originally from Michigan, now resides in Kokomo, IN. He was a member of the Guelph Pipe Band, North American Champions, under the direction of Pipe Major Ed Neigh.
Among his many accomplishments, he was the Amateur Grade 1 Champion Supreme in Ontario, then began his professional career at the age of 16 and won the Piobaireachd Society (Canada) Gold Medal.
Over the years he has studied with such piping greats as P/M Frank Edgely, P/M Ed Neigh, Mr. John Goodnow, Captain John MacLellan, and currently with Mr. Wllie Connell. By profession Greg is high school teacher and teaches both German and History.
Jim began piping at the age of 10 in Dunedin, FL under the tutelage of Sandy Keith and currently studies with Sandy Jones, Ed Neigh, and Ronnie Lawrie.
Jim is the Director of Piping at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in Charleston, SC as well as the P/M of the Charleston Police Pipes and Drums which has bands competing in Grades II, IV, and V. He is a past member of The City of Dunedin, The Citadel, and The City of Washington Pipe Bands.
He is an active soloist competing at the professional level in the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association as well as being successful across North America and in Scotland. Jim also holds a Masters Degree in Education from The Citadel.
Nick Hudson is the Instructor of Piping and Supervisor of the Bagpipe Band at The College of Wooster and is the third graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University's Bagpipe Performance degree, under Alasdair Gillies and Jimmy McIntosh. While completing the music performance BFA he was also in the Music Education Certification program at Carnegie-Mellon. Nick holds the Graduate Certificate from the Institute of Piping, the highest possible for bagpipe performance. In addition to highland piping, Nick is an active performer and teacher of border/smallpipes and whistles.
He is a member of the Grade 1 Toronto Police Pipe Band and a regular guest player with Bagad Kevrenn Alre from Britanny, France, previously playing in the Grade 1 City of Washington PB and Bagad Brieg.
Performance highlights of 2015 include winning the Piob. Soc. Canadian Gold Medal (2nd in Maxville Clasp and 2nd in A Piob. on same weekend), 2nd Braemar Gold Medal, and #1 Overall Professional Piping in EUSPBA award. He has represented the US three times in Lorient's MacCrimmon competition and has a CPA grading of A- in both Light Music and Piobaireachd. He is a former winner of the United States Piping Foundation in Grade 1 and has won the overall professional prize in Scotland at Inverness games, Strathpeffer, Assynt, Glen Isla, Lonach, and in North America at Ligonier, Kingston, Woodberry Forest, and Grandfather Mountain.
Nick is a member of the EUSPBA Judges panel and currently resides in Pittsburgh where he teaches piping and organizes The Pittsburgh Piping Society.
E.J. Jones began playing the pipes in 1986 while attending St. Thomas Episcopal School in Houston, Texas under the tutelage of Michael Cusack. Following his graduation, he played with the Hamilton Pipe Band of Houston under the direction of Donald MacPhee. In 1993 he enrolled in Carnegie Mellon University and studied piping with Jimmy McIntosh. As a founding member of the folk group, Clandestine, he toured throughout the United States with ventures in Canada and Brittany. E.J. is also a professional maker of Scottish Smallpipes, entertainer and teacher at workshops. While making his home in Asheville, North Carolina, he plays with the St. Thomas Alumni Pipe Band and is currently performing with fiddler Jamie Laval and guitarist David Brown.
You may visit his website http://www.piperjones.com.
Ed Krintz has been a performer of the highland bagpipe for over 51 years, and has studied under P/M Sandy Jones, James MacIntosh, and the late John MacFadyen. He is a panel adjudicator for the EUSPBA, and currently teaches piping in the Charlotte, NC area.
Cameron Nixon began piping at the age of 12, here at the NAAPD, taking from all of the instructors throughout the years, including his grandfather, Sandy Jones. He is currently a piper in amateur grade 1, and has won the MSR at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. In addition to bagpipes, Cameron also plays the trumpet, trombone, and piano. Knowledgeable in music theory and pedagogy, he holds a degree in music education from Brevard College, and currently works as an elementary music teacher for the North Carolina public school system.
Palmer has been the Director of Piping at the College of Wooster since 2017. Palmer played with one of the top pipe bands in North America, the Grade 1 Toronto Police Pipe Band, for eight years, during which time he performed at the Festival Interceltique in Lorient, France, the largest Celtic music festival in the world, competed in the finals of the World Pipe Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, and recorded an acclaimed CD album. Currently, Palmer competes solo in the professional ranks in Canada, the U.S., and Scotland. Beginning his studies at the young age of 10 in Ligonier, PA, Palmer has been lucky to study with some of the best performers and tradition-bearers from Scotland (Jimmy McIntosh, Alasdair Gillies, Willie Morrison, and Duncan Watson.) In addition to performing regularly, he teaches four different pipe bands weekly in OH and PA, along with maintaining a large private lesson studio. Palmer was the 2017 Professional Piper of the Day at the Ohio Scottish Games and will be the Artistic Pipe Major for the 2022 Cleveland International Tattoo.
A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University's conservatory of music, Lyric is the second person in the world to hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts in music performance on the bagpipe.
After a successful amateur career, including overall wins at the George Sheriff, Nicol-Brown, and United States Piping Foundation, Lyric upgraded to professional in 2003. Since then, he has been a member of the Scottish Lion 78th Fraser Highlanders and a regular prizewinner in North America and Scotland. Results include placing at the U.S. Gold Medal, Canadian Gold Medal, and the Silver Medal at Inverness.
In addition to competitive piping, Lyric teaches the St. Thomas' Episcopal School Pipe Band in Houston, Texas. The 5-time juvenile World Champions won their most recent World title in 2006 and were first at the North American Championships in 2008.
Hannah Boyles started her pipe band career with the Grandfather Mountain Highlanders in 2009. She has been competing at a professional level in both bass and tenor since 2013. Hannah has written scores and provided instruction for bands throughout the southern United States. She graduated from Methodist University in 2018 with music degrees in Percussion Performance and Music Education. While in school, she joined the Grade 2 City of Dunedin Pipe Band, winning the 2018 World Pipe Band Championship. The following year, she competed with the City of Dunedin Grade 1 band winning the North American championships. She teaches annually at the North American Academy of Piping and Drumming in North Carolina and the Tartan N’ Taps convention. Hannah now resides in North Carolina while she completes her masters in Leadership in Education.
In 1973 at the age of 13, Jon Quigg began his drumming career in the Annapolis Pipe Band in Maryland. His primary influences include the likes of John Bosworth and Alex Duthart. In 1976, he moved into the professional solo competitor ranks and into the Grade 2 Denny and Dunipace Pipe Band of Washington, DC, now known as the City of Washington Pipe Band. While that band has always been home, over the years he has guested with a number of groups around the world, including bands in Monterey, Honolulu, Tokyo and Vancouver. In 1989, he assumed the Drum Sergeant position of the City of Washington Pipe Band and helped them garner numerous North American contest wins, culminating in their winning performance at the 1999 World Pipe Band Championships. In addition to his competition career, he has taken part in recording projects and drumming clinics around the globe. Highlights from recent years include the CoW corps' successive wins in the drum salute contest at Winter Storm in Kansas City and an appearance at the White House. Jon currently lives near Baltimore, Maryland with his wife, Beth.