Executive board

President: Nathan Baines [email]

In conjunction with some Scottish ancestry, living in Scotland for a couple of years solidified my love for the bagpipes. I determined that if I could ever convince one of my children to take piping lessons I would join in. Success was achieved with son number one who started on the chanter with me. Many years have passed. While my skill on the pipes has stagnated, the children have been incredible in their progress. After four years in Nova Scotia with the Dartmouth and District Pipe Band, we joined OLPB upon our return to Calgary. I have had one piper with the band and currently have a snare drummer and practice chanter student with the band. That leaves two more sons to go. Outside of the band I am a lawyer with a large oil and gas company. I look forward to bringing my sober perspective to the OLPB executive!

Vice-President: Éowyn Campbell [email]

I have been involved in the Canadian-Scottish community since childhood, first as a Highland dancer and then learning chanter. While I never made it onto the pipes, my sisters were more dedicated and played with OLPB for several years in the 1990s. I am thrilled to have a son following in their footsteps now and two potential drummers coming along in a few years. I’d like to take up chanter again someday, but in the meantime I continue to work on my PhD thesis in hydrology and teach scientific writing at the University of Calgary.

Registrar: Karen Landriault [email]

I was born and raised in Nova Scotia so it was no surprise when our son requested to learn the pipes. We started his education with the Dartmouth and District Pipe Band and then moved to Calgary four years ago. The Ogden Legion Pipe Band came highly recommended to us so it was the first place we went to and we haven’t looked back. I’ve been the Registrar for a couple of years now and love getting to know all the new and returning students to the association.

Secretary: Lara Peters [email]

Like many, my family’s pride in our Scottish ancestry has kept my kids involved in various Highland events in the Calgary area over the years.  We were very excited to find out about the OLPB at one of these events and my son (now in his second year with OLPB) is enjoying learning to play the bagpipes.  Although new to the organization, being Secretary has been a great opportunity to understand all the ways that this great program not only provides excellent instruction, but also opportunities for fun and friendship to its members.

Quarter Master: Aaron Ross

My wife and I were quite surprised when our son said he wanted to learn the bagpipes after chatting with someone from OLPB at a community event in McKenzie Lake. A year or so later, in 2011, he joined the band and started on the chanter. It has been very exciting to watch him and all his band-mates go from chanter to pipes, and be the core of a new Grade V pipe band. My family and I are very thankful for the OLPB family and the opportunity to contribute as the new Quartermaster.

Treasurer: Louise Allen [email]

My daughter is in her second year drumming with OLPB. After year one getting our feet wet in the OLPB organization I decided to step up and be a part of the executive team. I’ve been part of the “pipe band scene” for some 20+ years as my husband is a piper, so of course our daughter chose to play the drums! I look forward to helping OLPB give kids an outlet and lifelong learning and enjoyment for Celtic music.

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