Workshops & Open Sessions


New in 2022 is our Workshop and session building. Workshops are designed for various levels including beginners, first responder and non-competition pipe bands through grades 4 & 5 in the areas of Great Highland Bagpipes, snare and tenor drumming, bagpipe making, Drum Major and highland dancing. Please check back for a schedule as we approach the date of the Games.

Sunday’s Workshop will be conducted by Barry Donaldson. Barry Donaldson He is a founding member of the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band, formed in 1975 winning 11 World Championships.

From the late 70s through to the early 90s he was a successful solo piper winning many major light music competitions (CPA premier grade). Barry is a member of both the RSPBA (Royal Scottish Pipers Society) & SPCA (Solo Piping Judges Association) panels.

In 2006 Barry became a piping instructor with the College of Piping, Glasgow and was invited onto the Board of Directors. He has taught piping locally and internationally and whilst he is no longer part of the COP, teaching remains his current remit.

Open Sessions

Open sessions are designed for all those attending the games to play music so, grab your whistle, harp, fiddle, guitar, flute or smallpipes and join in the fun! Session times and the organizers will be posted as we approach the games.

Friday June 24, 2022

6:00 PM
Harp Workshop (Harp Building – Building 27a)
Care & Maintenance of Your Bagpipe-Jon Maffett (Building 29)
7:00 PM
Open Session-All Instruments Welcome (Harp Building – Building 27a)

Saturday June 25, 2022

8:45 AM
Tenor Drum Workshop with Linda Hall (Building 29)
9:45 AM
New Massed Bands Snare Drum Scores Primer-Mark Humphrey (Building 29)
Know you bagpipe-Craig Munro, Wallace Bagpipes (Building 16)
Ever wanted to try to be a Drum Major? With Jim Engle (In front of Building 29)
10:45 AM
Snare Drum Workshop with Duncan Millar (Building 29)
1:30 PM
Fiddle Workshop (Building 30)
2:15 PM
Try Highland Dance with Stephanie Herb-For First Timers (Building 29)
3:30 PM
Smallpipe Open Session – Geordie Symes Pirates (Building 29)

Sunday June 26, 2022

9:30 AM
Pipe Band Ensemble Seminar-Barry Donaldson (Building 16)