September 30, 2000

Gandy Leaves College of Piping, PEI

Bruce Gandy and the College of Piping & Celtic Performing Arts of Canada in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada, have parted ways after thre years of Gandy in the position of piping instructor. The change is reportedly effective immediately.

“I really enjoyed my three years in Prince Edward Island, and made great friends along the way,” Gandy commented. “My family and I felt it was time for a change, and we’re looking forward to moving ahead with some exciting plans back in Ontario.”

“After three years of teaching at the College of Piping, Bruce
Gandy is moving on to pursue other career options,” said Scott MacAulay, Director of the college. “The College of Piping wishes Bruce well in his future endeavours.”

Replacing Gandy is Sean Somers, a piper from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

“We are very pleased to welcome Sean Somers to the faculty of the College of Piping in Summerside,” MacAulay continued. “Sean is a talented and enthusiastic teacher of youth with a strong track record of successful students in Saskatchewan.”

The college recently announced the Doug & Debbie Hall Scholarship Fund, which provides free weekly lessons year round. The college reports that over 200 new students have signed up for the program to date.

Gandy, a native of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, took the instructor post at the college after a long search and recruitment process. The former pipe sergeant of the 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band, Bruce Gandy has experienced a high degree of success as a solo piper since joining the college, winning, among other major prizes, both the Grade A March and Strathspey & Reel at the Northern Meeting at Inverness, Scotland, in 1999, and finishing second in the Silver Star Former Winners MSR at the same gathering this year.


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