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Piping and Drumming
Tom started learning pipe band drumming from his grandfather (Joseph Bevington) at the age of eight. At this time he was also learning the bagpipes. Drumming wise, he was taught by Jimmy Agnew of St. Catherine’s, Ont., Canada, and at that same time learning classical percussion through his local school district. With Jimmy's example of strict study habits and rudiments study, Tom advanced to Open grade status in short order.
Tom has received PPBSO Champion Supreme Honors through all grade levels during his individual and band career.
He played briefly with "The Clan McFarlane" (1980) and then joined the 78th Fraser’s (1982-1986) while Reid Maxwell was lead-tip. After a brief hiatus Tom began to instruct local bands in Upstate NY, and now teaches many bands and individuals across North America both in person and via web based lessons. He has played for the Toronto Metro Police Band with Drew Duthart in the early 90’s, and then with Peel Regional Police (2001-2004) and with the innovative Toronto Police Pipe Band with LD Doug Stronach. Of recent,Tom has concentrated on helping develop youth talent in the Western New York area.
Tom is a certified snare drumming adjudicator with EUSPBA and PPBSO and holds the highest level of certificate in drumming from the combined Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, The Army School of Piping and Drumming and the Institute of Piping, known collectively as the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board.
Brad started learning bagpipes at the age of 8 in Bemidji, MN with a
member of the McAllister College Pipe Band out of Minneapolis,
learning the basic scale and gracenotes until instruction was not
available. At the age of 10, Brad resumed learning after his family
relocation to Orlando, FL with the Rosie O’Grady’s Highlanders and
with personal tuition by Jamie Holton (of Off Kilter fame).
Brad competed both in solo and band competitions and has won
“Champion Supreme” honors for each individual grade while rising in
the ranks to the “Professional” level.
Brad has played with the Rosie O’Grady’s Highlanders, Central Florida
Police, City of Sarasota and City of Dunedin, pipe bands throughout
his career. He was formally the Pipe Major of the Rosie O’Grady’s
On top of traditional piping, Brad is the bagpiper of International
touring act Seven Nations, which has helped him develop his own (Rock
N’ Roll) style of playing. Pulling widely from the Cape Breton style
that is translated between bagpipe and fiddle.
Brad is an instructor open to helping those who are already
established to take their playing and music to the next level they
want to achieve. His style is developed from his many years of
experience on and beyond the competitive field.
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