Patrick Lynch, Headmaster

Patrick Lynch

Headmaster

As head of the Academy, Mr. Lynch oversees all business and scholastic operations. Starting with the Midlothian Pipe Band, his first band competitions ever were in Grade 2. Mr. Lynch then played with the Chicago Caledonian Pipes & Drums, and played a key role in forming a youth education program there. Latterly this young group formed the nucleus of the City of Chicago Pipe Band which went on to become a Grade 1 band with Mr. Lynch as its Pipe Major. Now Headmaster of the Chicago Academy of Piping and Drumming, Mr. Lynch will once again oversee the continuation of tradition to another generation of young pipers and drummers, and support their efforts through his leadership and ability to manage an excellent team.

 
Andrew Hoinacki, Dean

Andrew Hoinacki

Dean

Starting in the Midlothian Junior Pipe Band three decades ago, Mr. Hoinacki has committed his life to the Highland arts. He played with the Midlothian Scottish Pipe Band, then served as Drum Sergeant of Chicago Caledonian Pipes and Drums, and Coyne Memorial Pipe Band, both Grade 2, and also the Grade 1 Los Angeles Scots. Mr. Hoinacki is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator, and published composer, while still competing with the LA Scots. A full time drumming educator he operates the AR2 Drumming Studio, as well as instructing cadets at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy. As Dean of the Chicago Academy of Piping and Drumming, Mr. Hoinacki is head of faculty and oversees all aspects of scholastic programming.

 
Michael Forkan, Director

Michael Forkan

Director

Mr. Forkan has vital experience in a number of professional fields, and is a key to the administrative efficiency of the Academy. He began piping when he was in college, took to it quickly and became a strong bandsman in several organizations including the Doonaree Pipe Band, Chicago Metropolitan Pipe Band, Midlothian & Metropolitan Pipe Band, Chicago Caledonian Pipes & Drums, and the City of Chicago Pipe Band. He is now the Pipe Major of the Chicago Scots Pipe Band in Grade 3. As Director of the Chicago Academy of Piping and Drumming, Mr. Forkan is in charge of all business and legal counsel in addition to instructing piping.

 
Tony Karcz

Tony Karcz

Academy Manager

Mr. Karcz began playing bagpipes during his junior year at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy. After graduating in 2009, he returned home to Chicago and joined the Grade 5 City of Chicago Pipe Band which was soon promoted to Grade 4. Mr. Karcz was invited to the Grade 1 City of Chicago the following season, however with the unfortunate dissolve of the Grade 1 band, he returned to the renamed Grade 4 Chicago Scots. He played snare drum for a season, another skill acquired during his high school music experience, then on the band's promotion to Grade 3 he served as Pipe Sergeant. In the 2014 and 2016 seasons, Mr. Karcz spent part of his summers in Northern Ireland competing with the Bleary and District Pipe Band in Grade 2 and then Grade 1. Mr. Karcz has been a member of the faculty of the Chicago Academy of Piping and Drumming since its inception. As Academy Manager, he is responsible for scheduling, attendance, and substitute instruction for pipes or drums.

 
 
Stuart Aumonier

Stuart Aumonier

Piping Instructor

Mr. Aumonier's profile is forthcoming.

 
Tim Jones

Tim Jones

Drumming Instructor

Mr. Jones's profile is forthcoming.

 
 
Emily MacArthur

Emily MacArthur

Piping Instructor

Ms. MacArthur's profile is forthcoming.

 
 
Steve Moore

Steve Moore

Piping Instructor

Mr. Moore began learning the pipes at age 13 in the Army Cadets of Canada in his native Nova Scotia. Within two years he was playing in the Nova Scotia International Tattoo with the cadets, and attending piping courses at the cadet summer camps. After just a few years he started teaching youth year round in both weekly classes and summer camps with some of his most accomplished students from that time period going on to play in Grade 1 bands in Canada. Mr. Moore furthered his experience in competitive pipe bands with the Halifax Police and the Dartmouth & District bands while receiving solo tuition from noted teachers from top bands and the College of Piping, Summerside. Lyon College endowed Mr. Moore with a full scholarship in their selective Scottish Heritage Program, and during this time he competed with the band including their 2001 Scotland trip where they earned 2nd Place in both the Scottish Championships and the World Championships in Grade 3. Mr. Moore also earned second place in the US Piping Foundation amateur contest and used the prize for a week of tuition at the National Piping Center in Glasgow during the trip with the Lyon College group. After college, Mr. Moore joined the newly formed City of Chicago Pipe Band and competed with the band from Grade 3, to the Grade 2 North American Championship, and into Grade 1. Mr. Moore has been essential to the foundation of the Chicago Academy of Piping and Drumming where he has served as it's principal piping instructor since the outset of the program.

 
Ana Noyola

Ana Noyola

Drumming Instructor

Ms. Noyola's profile is forthcoming.

 
 
Jake Worth

Jake Worth

Piping Instructor

Mr. Worth's profile is forthcoming.