The 2016 Spanish Peaks Piping Retreat is taking shape! We’re really excited to announce that we will focus on bellows-blown smallpipes (or reel pipes) for 2016! We’re the only piping retreat in the Rocky Mountain region to do so! If you’re a fan of bellows-blown smallpipes or border pipes, this is the place to be!!
Dates: September 23-25, 2016
Location: La Veta, Colorado
Building on last year’s piping retreat, we’ll expand this year and will have 2 instructors so we can work with pipers of different abilities. Here are our instructors:
Jerry O’Sullivan: Yes, we know Jerry and has appeared on more than 90 albums, ranging from the Boston Pops to Dolly Parton, and is considered America’s premier uilleann piper! But, Jerry is no less talented on highland and smallpipes! Jerry will bring his unique Irish perspective to the smallpipes and a few tunes that are outside the traditional piping repertoire. Jerry has played from Israel to Japan, and most countries in between! Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from this master of the pipes! Jerry’s website is: www.jerryosullivan.com
Ben Miller: His youth and energy is infectious! Ben hails from upstate New York, but has spent a number of years in Scotland. He recently completed graduate studies in The University of Edinburgh’s School of Scottish Studies. Ben started on highland pipes, and later expanded to smallpipes and border pipes. His repertoire and style draw mainly from the Gaelic traditions of western Scotland and the Canadian Maritimes. Ben will be accompanied by Anita MacDonald.
Ben has been an instructor at The Piper’s Gathering, The Maine Pipes and Fiddle School, Ottawa’s Cape Breton Session, PEI Fiddle Camp and the Edinburgh Scots Music Group. As a performer, he’s played in Germany, Denmark, Scotland, England, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and the northeastern US. Ben’s website is: http://www.bmillerpipes.
We’ll have Registration information up soon. Keep checking back for more details. Or, email us at: email@example.com for more information.