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
Jeremy Keddy, Lead Tip
Grade 5 Pipers
P/M Heather Pomeroy
Parker Woolaver (parade)
Wayne Moug (instructor)
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.
Jeremy Keddy, Lead Drummer, Grade 3
2011 North American Professional Solo Drumming Champion
Jeremy started drumming at the age of nine with the Dartmouth & District Pipe Band. He quickly climbed the ranks, and by the age of 13 was playing with the former grade one Halifax Police Association Pipes and Drums, where he also went on to lead the grade three corp.
Despite his busy band schedule, Jeremy also excelled in solo drumming competitions, and by the age of 16 he had won the North American Championships for the Professional Drumming MSR contest. He was also a multiple Atlantic Canadian Champion for grades three, two, one and professional.
After five years with grade one Halifax Police, Jeremy moved to Ontario to lead the grade one Peel Regional Police Pipe Band with Pipe Major Michael Grey (1999) and John Elliott (2000). Over the next 12 years, Jeremy also lead the grade one Toronto Police Pipe Band and played with the grade one 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band. Two grade one North American Best Drum Corps titles were won under his direction (1999, 2003).
During his time in Ontario Jeremy was introduced to the Uilleann pipes (also known as Irish pipes) and is a well known musician in the Toronto and Ottawa Irish music scene.
In the spring of 2010 Jeremy returned home to Nova Scotia and is now the lead drummer and head snare director for the Dartmouth & District Pipe Band. Since his return, he has helped the band to become a North American contender in grade three, captured the 2011 North American Professional Drumming title and the 2011 North American Best Drum Corps, grade three.
Helen Wright, School Director
Helen (MacKenzie) Wright started pipe band drumming in 1993 with the 33rd Halifax Pipes and Drums under the direction of John Connolly. Two years later she joined the successful grade three Halifax Police Association Pipes and Drums under the direction of Michelle Stewart.
Then, in 1999 she played with the grade three Dartmouth & District Pipe Band under the direction of Pipe Major Doug Boyd and Lead Drummer Ian Macmillan. In 2000 the band won their first ever North American Championships in grade three.
As a solo snare drummer, Helen competed successfully through to grade one under the tutelage of Bruce Babcock. She also studied tenor drumming with the world famous Ian Sinclair and Michelle Stewart.
Helen relocated to the Toronto area in 2001 and played tenor with the grade one Toronto Police Pipe Band. During her time there the band received many first place mid-section prizes and a six place finish in the medley contest at the World Pipe Band Championships in 2002.
In 2009, after living stateside for six years, Helen and her family moved back to Halifax. She was eager to get back into the pipe band scene and joined the Dartmouth & District Pipe Band. Due to Helen’s accomplishments and experience, she was soon asked to take on the role of head mid-section instructor, bass drummer and Lead Drummer for the grade five band.
Helen holds a degree in music (percussion) from Dalhousie University.
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.