Background, professional training and performance history
Eric began his study of the Great Highland Bagpipes over 27 years ago under Donald F. Lindsay of the Invermark School of Piping in Petersburg, New York with a focus on the classical music of the pipes, Piobaireachd, pronounced (PEE-Brock). Through the years, Eric has received both light music and Piobaireachd instruction from the late Alasdair Gillies, James MacIntosh, Jake Watson and Iain Donaldson. With over 50 career first place medals in both Piobaireachd and light music at Highland Games and piping competitions accross the Eastern United States and Canada, Eric now performs at countless public and private venues and corporate events in addition to his teaching activities.
Artist statement and teaching philosophy
“I believe that every persons life is enriched by music. All one needs, is a desire to find the music in ones self. For many, the bagpipes can offer that connection with tradition and heritage with a sound that transends the ages. I offer students of all ages and abilities a relaxed yet progressive program that will lead them to a rich and rewarding musical experience."
Instruments & classes taught
Great Highland Bagpipes. Beginning with the practice chanter, a recorder-like instrument, students will learn basic movements and a few simple tunes. At this stage, memorization is key as all tunes are played from memory. Students are encouraged to study both light music (marches, reels, jigs, slow airs) and Piobaireachd, the classical bagpipe music. Eric teaches utilizing both staff notation and the traditional Cantaireachd or “chanted music” with teacher singing to the student to accurately reflect the nuances of the music, just as it was handed down through the ages.