New England Piping & Drumming Academy 2019

 Do you want to:

  •  Improve your overall playing and musical ability;

  •  Introduce yourself to piobaireachd;

  •  Pick up new techniques on tuning, pipe and drum maintenance;

  •  Bring back new ideas to your band;

  •  Challenge yourself against internationally recognized standards;

  •  Or just play your heart out for a week and make some new friends?

Then this could be for you!  The New England Academy of Piping and Drumming returns again to the Adelynrood Retreat and Conference Center in Byfield, MA from Sunday June 16 to Friday June 21, 2019 for the annual Scottish bagpiping and drumming seminar.  Small classes, intense instruction, and great camaraderie make this summer camp a must. 


We provide top-flight professional instruction in piping and drumming in an affordable and enjoyable environment for those from beginner to experienced. While focused on adult learners, we are able to accommodate a limited number of teenagers as part of our program.

Typical Daily Schedule:

  •  0745 - Reveille

  •  0800 - Breakfast

  •  0900 - Morning Assembly

  •  0915 - 1200 – Group classes with other students of your ability level. Evaluations take place on the first day of camp to form the classes.

  •  1200 – Lunch

  •  1300 - Group class

  •  1500 – Piobaireachd Class / Individual tutorials

  •  1600 – Band Practice

  •  1730 – Dinner

  •  1900 – Evening group workshop

  •  2000 – Ceilidh - Scottish & Irish folk music, singing, dancing, storytelling

The camp schedule is relatively intense but leaves sufficient time for practice, recreation, and social time. The instructors are available full time to provide assistance.   Each student is given an assessment and debrief on the last day.  The camp continues the tradition of holding a public parade in Newburyport. MA followed by a ‘pub night’.  At the end of the week, students may take one of the Academy’s examinations in piping or drumming as a confirmation of their learning achievement. All students receive an attendance certificate.

 Adelynrood Retreat and Conference Center

Just 45 minutes north of Boston, Adelynrood is situated on 15 secluded acres in quiet Byfield, MA minutes away from historic Newburyport and Salem and the beaches of Plum Island.

The facilities accommodate up to 70 overnight guests in single and double rooms. Adelynrood's on-site chef provides an eclectic and tasty meal selection in their dining room and can also accomodate special diets.  The Center also includes a historic chapel, multiple libraries, screened porches, air-conditioned conference rooms, a labyrinth, wooded paths, and multiple gardens.

Adelynrood’s beautiful setting and excellent facilities are an ideal location in which to improve on your piping and drumming.


Principal of the Academy Robert Wallace is a double Gold Medalist and Grade 1 piper. He has taught piping all over the world including the US, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Europe. He is a senior adjudicator for solo competition and an examiner for the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board. Mr. Wallace is also Vice President of the Piobaireachd Society and editor of the web magazine,

Piping Instructor Matt Pantaleoni. is a piping instructor in St. Louis, Missouri and spends a part of each summer in the Highland games circuit in Scotland. Starting in 1997, he studied primarily with the late P/M Alasdair Gillies (Queen’s Own Highlanders/The Highlanders) and Jimmy McIntosh. As an amateur, he won the U.S Piping Foundation championship in 2001 and 2002 and took prizes in both the George Sherriff and Nicol-Brown invitationals. He has won multiple prizes at the Dunvegan Medal (Skye) and Braemar Gold Medal piobaireachd competitions in Scotland. His pupils have achieved great competitive success in North America.

Piping Instructor – Donald McBride was taught originally by his father Willie Mc Bride, played in his band for many years and went to Donald MacPherson for piobaireachd instruction. He also played in the Muirhead & Sons pipe band under P/M Robert G. Hardie. Donald also took piobaireachd lessons from Andrew Wright. He has been placed 2nd twice and 3rd twice in the Gold Medals at the Northern Meeting and Argyllshire Gathering. He won the A Grade March at the Northern Meeting in 1982 and has been 2nd and 3rd in the Strathspey & Reel events at Oban and Inverness more times than he cares to remember. Presently he lives in Kansas City.

Snare/Side Drumming Instructor - Tommy Johnston started drumming in 1963 with the then Grade 4 Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band. With various bands, Tommy has won all the major pipe band drum corps titles with the exception of the World Championship. Since retiring from competing in 1996, he has been teaching and judging . He is presently the Leading Drummer for the Scots Guards Association Pipes & Drums and a senior partner in Pipe Dreams, the manufacturers of the world famous ‘Ezeedrone’ drone reeds.

Registration, Meals, and Accommodation

We have changed our registration process this year and gone "a la carte".  Every student must choose the "Instruction Package" and then can customize the meals and accommodations to suit his or her individual needs. 

  • Instruction - $575 total ($300 deposit to hold your spot and a $275 balance due 7 days before the Academy)

  • All meals - $250

  • Lunch and Dinner only - $195

  • Full accomodations only - $390

  • All meals and accomodation - $640 

For those who want the "inclusive" package, select the Instruction and All Meals and Accomodation packages. 

Day students or those attending with spouses and families have a number of options.  As a Day Student, select the Instruction package and the meal plan that suits your needs.  There are also a number of hotels, B&B's and camping options available for those who do not want to stay at Adelynrood.

Hold your spot today by making the deposit on the Instruction package ($300).  All balances are due 7 days before the Academy begins.    

Questions?  Please do not hesitate to contact Bruce Beavis at +1-773-580-1733 or with any questions on the Academy.