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.
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Aumonier's profile is forthcoming.
A proud Texan, Ms. Blam began her drumming career at the age of 12 with the Silver Thistle Pipe Band, along with her piping parents and brother, in her home town of Austin. After competing in Grade 3 at the World Pipe Band Championships, she made it her goal to advance to competing at the highest possible level. Ms. Blam's determination and work paid off in the summer of 2012 when she joined the Oran Mor Pipe Band in Grade 1 while living in upstate New York for an academic internship. Her goal was further realized when she became a member of the Los Angeles Scots, America's premier pipe band, traveling to compete and perform with the band from the fall of 2012 through the end of the 2014 season. Ms. Blam received Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and Bachelor of Journalism degrees from the University of Texas in the spring of 2014 and has since been focusing on her career in digital media, including relocations to New York City and more recently to Chicago. She is a Gold Medal class solo competitor and considers Colby Robbins and Annie Head as key developmental influences. Ms. Blam is now in demand herself as an instructor and visual composer for soloists and midsections around the United States.
Mr. Jones's profile is forthcoming.
Ms. MacArthur's profile is forthcoming.
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.
Ms. Noyola's profile is forthcoming.
Mr. Pavlovic's profile is forthcoming.
Mr. Worth's profile is forthcoming.