ANN GRAY - born in Nova Scotia, Ann's piping career began with the Stellarton Balmoral Girls' Pipe Band, a band which in the summer of 2002 celebrated its 50th anniversary. After a successful career in the amateur grades of solo piping, Ann moved into the professional class at the age of eighteen, at which time she also moved into the grade 1 pipe band scene, as a member of the Scotia Legion Pipe Band based out of Halifax. Her teaching career began the same year, when she was employed as a summer instructor at the Gaelic College in Cape Breton. In 1986, after completing her Master of Arts degree in Celtic Studies at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Ann moved to Calgary, Alberta, where she still resides. She continues to compete in solo contests around the world and teach at various schools throughout North America, including schools in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Montana, Idaho, Ohio, and Washington State. She also teaches privately in Calgary during the fall and winter months. Ann is also a member of Western Canada's Celtic band Seanachie, playing various instruments including highland pipes, Scottish smallpipes, whistles, bodhran, and mandolin. AWARDS: Some of the more significant awards that Ann has won over the past few years include the 1995 Dunvegan Medal for Piobaireachd at the Skye Gathering in Portree, Scotland; the Mrs. MacDonald of Craigniche trophy for the Marches at the Northern Meeting in Inverness in 2000,; the aggregate awards at both the ...
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