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Goal: to use available technology to provide learning and development opportunities for Saskatchewan pipers, drummer and pipe bands.

Format: a series of workshops and performances on Zoom that will provide information to assist Saskatchewan pipe bands and their members.


Teaching Fundamentals for Beginner Pipers & Drummers

Saturday, November 21 - 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Who: this would be for all band executive, instructors and senior players who have responsibility for teaching, or who might have interest in teaching.

Format: this will be a Zoom presentation, with ample time for Q&A and discussion. It will include a breakout session for pipers and drummers to discuss specifics in their own areas.

Presenters: James MacHattie and Chris Coleman of the College of Piping in Prince Edward Island together have an enviable record in developing new pipers and drummers, and also pipe bands. They will be presenting their ideas and techniques for starting new players that will help all teachers of piping and drumming. 


James MacHattie

James began piping in a youth pipe band in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and the formative experiences he enjoyed there have carried him to become one of Canada’s most respected active pipers. He played with the Edmonton Caledonia Pipe Band before moving to BC, where he played with both City of Victoria and the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band. With SFU he won the World Pipe Band Championship in 1996 and 1999, performed at Carnegie Hall and participated in two live recordings. In 2000 he moved to Toronto and joined the Toronto Police Pipe Band. In 2004 he became the Pipe Major and led the band to North American Championship wins in 2004 and 2006. He played with the 78th Fraser Highlanders from 2007 to 2009 before moving back to BC. He played the 2010 season with SFU before moving to Summerside.

James has enjoyed a successful career as a solo competitor, having won major prizes across Canada, the US, Scotland and France. He is a consistent prize winner in the Gold Medal contests at Oban and Inverness. He is an active composer, judge, performer and teacher, having taught at schools across Canada. One of his proudest achievements in his piping career was working with the Robert Malcolm Memorial (Juvenile) Pipe Band from 1998 to 1999, culminating in the kids winning both the Juvenile World Pipe Band and Cowal Championships.

Chris Coleman

He began drumming in 1992 at the Fredericton Academy of Piping and Drumming. Under the tutelage of Brian Freeman and Chris’s father, Dave Coleman, he progressed into the Fredericton Jr. Pipe Band (Gr. 4). Through his years there, he was also influenced by the teachings of Matt Carter and Sean Morton. In 1995, Chris was promoted to the Fredericton Society of St. Andrew Pipe Band (Gr. 2), under the leadership of Matt Carter. He later began tutoring at the Fredericton Academy of Piping and Drumming, and by 1998 he was instructing the Fredericton Jr. Pipe Band.

During his drumming career, Chris has had many achievements in solo competitions, band competitions, and teaching. He has also traveled throughout North America and Europe, performing and competing. Highlights include traveling several times to the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, and the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, in Lorient, Brittany.

As well as teaching The College drumming curriculum, Chris also develops and leads drumming workshops throughout the year. Chris composes original drum scores for the Grade 3 and Grade 5 College of Piping bands, as well as the Highland Storm show. Under Chris’s direction in 2011, The College of Piping Pipe Band Grade 4 drummers won the best drum corps title as part of the North American Pipe Band Championship win in Grade 4, and in 2012 the band placed 5th at the World Pipe Band Championships in their first year in Grade 3.


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