Our organization currently consists of two competition bands, a parade and performance band, and a well-established bagpipe and drumming school.
Our grade three band, our top-level band, is lead by Pipe Major Scott Long. The goal of the grade three band is to refine skills and develop players as a group to compete and perform at a higher standard while playing great music and having fun.
In our grade five band, players continue to learn the basic skills of their instruments, and develop an understanding of pipe band structure, drill and performance.
Grade 5: 2013 Nova Scotia Pipe Band and Atlantic Canadian Pipe Band Champions
Grade 3: 2013 Nova Scotia Pipe Band Champions, 3rd place at the 2013 North American Pipe Band Championships with a 1st place Drum Corps
Atlantic Canadian Pipe Band Champions Grade 3 & Grade 2
Nova Scotia Pipe Band Champions Grade 5
Placed 8th at their first appearance in the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland (Grade 3A)
Played a solo concert during Piping Live! in Glasgow Square
Invited to perform amongst musicians including Ron Sexsmith, Kim Stockwood, and Matt Anderson at the Raise a Little Hellp fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia
Atlantic Canadian Championship Supreme Winners (grade 3)
North American Championship Best Drum Corps and Best Mid Section (grade 3)
Placing 3rd at the North American Championships in Maxville, ON (grade 3)
Traveling to Dublin, Ireland to perform parades and concerts at the Temple Bar TradFest.
Performing a noontime concert at Celebration Square during the 2011 Canada Games in Halifax.
Participating in the 2011 Canada Games Closing Ceremony as part of the Nova Scotia Mass Pipe Band. (We were on TSN!)
Performing with Rawlins Cross at both the Halifax for Haiti concert and the Welcome Ceremony for Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
Placing first (grade 3) and second (grade 5) at the Atlantic Canadian Pipe Band Competition in Antigonish.
Opening for The Stanfields at their CD release party at the Paragon Theatre.
Grade 3 Pipers
P/M Scott Long
Grade 3 Drummers
Zach Smith, Lead Tip
Grade 5 Pipers
P/M Blaise Theriault
Brian Morrison (instructor)
Grade 5 Drummers
D/S Bree Caldwell
Scott Long, Pipe Major, Grade 3
Growing up in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Scott began his pipe band competition career with the 1989 North American Grade III Champion Clan Thompson Pipe Band, under the leadership of Pipe Major Scott Williams. After spending his early years of development with Clan Thompson, Scott moved on to compete with the former grade one Halifax Police Association Pipes and Drums, lead by Pipe Major Doug Boyd.
After a chance meeting at a square dance in Cape Breton with child prodigy violinist Ashley MacIsaac, Scott was approached by MacIsaac to join his band. He toured the world extensively as the piper in MacIsaac’s band, the Kitchen Devils. During this period of Ashley’s musical rise to fame, Scott performed on many of Ashley’s hit albums including the triple platinum album, Hi, How Are You Today that featured the hit tune Sleepy Maggie.
Scott also toured with one of America’s more popular Celtic Rock bands called Seven Nations. Based out of Windermere Florida, Scott and his band mates toured over 200 days per year and recorded many albums.
After a 10 year break from competing with pipe bands, Scott joined the grade two Dartmouth & District Pipe Band in 2005 and took over the grade four band as Pipe Major in 2006. Since 2006 the band has achieved numerous Nova Scotian and Atlantic Canadian championship titles and has placed in the top three at Maxville three out of the four years they competed in grade four.
Bree Caldwell, Lead Drummer, Grade 5
Bree started drumming with the Dartmouth & District Pipe Band in 2005. She spent two years in the school program before joining the grade 5 band. As well as playing snare with the grade 5’s, Bree also played tenor with the grade 4 band. Under the instruction of David Kershaw, she quickly moved up to join the very successful grade 4 band as a snare drummer under Pipe Major Scott Long and Lead Drummer Lauren Connors.
Bree studied pipe band drumming under David Kershaw from 2006 till 2009. She has attended workshops and numerous summer sessions at The Gaelic College of Performing Arts and Crafts in Cape Breton and The College of Piping in Ontario where she studied under the direction of Matt Carter, Doug Stronach, Michelle Stewart, and Reid Maxwell. Bree enjoys solo competition and has competed successfully throughout Atlantic Canada and at the North American Championships. She has won four Atlantic Canada Champion Supreme Titles and the Atlantic Canada Junior Amateur Hornpipe and Jig.
In 2010, Dave Kershaw decided to take a break from teaching and drumming and Bree was very fortunate that Jeremy Keddy chose that exact time to return to Nova Scotia and take over the Dartmouth & District Pipe Band grade 3 drum corp. Bree has continued her study under Jeremy Keddy since that time. In 2011, she was part of the drum corps that took home the title of 2011 North American Best Drum Corps, grade 3. She is the current Atlantic Canada Champion Supreme, grade 2 and winner of the 2011 Senior Amateur Hornpipe and Jig.
From 2008-2011, Bree was part of the Auburn Drive High School Drumline under the direction of Meg Ferguson. During her time at Auburn, she received the award for outstanding musical achievement three times and was awarded the Director’s Award for Musical Excellence at her graduation. She plays Bodhrán and djembe and is currently a member of the band Squid.