Stuart Lowe grew up in Scarborough, Ontario. Following in his dad’s footsteps, he took up piping at the age of 7 under John MacDonald, then Pipe Major of the Toronto Police Pipe Band.
A few years later he joined his first band. From then until he entered university, Stuart continued to hone his piping skills under Chris Anderson, Bill Livingstone, and Jim McGillivray, while also competing in solo and band contests at Highland Games across Southern Ontario and the Northeastern United States.
After graduating as an engineer from the University of Waterloo in 1992, Stuart put his pipes away and went to work in Japan as an engineer in the automotive industry and, later, in banking.
He returned to Canada in 2003 and began playing pipes again, joining the Toronto Police Grade One pipe band and competing with them across North America and in the World PIpe Band championships in Glasgow, Scotland. Not long after, he started teaching piping to a growing roster of students. He currently works as a professional photographer in Toronto.
When he can get away, he pretends to be an avid surfer, backcountry snowboarder, and,when there are no waves or powder, he’s just as happy to be cycling or paddling his canoe.
Stuart continues to teach, coach, and mentor pipers of all ages.
Doug Stronach is one of North America’s top pipe band players and educators. He is a World Junior Solo Snare Drum Champion, winner of the Scottish, British and European Championships, as well as multiple top-six World Championship finishes with bands both in Scotland and Canada. He was the leading drummer of the Toronto Police and Peel Regional Police Pipe Bands with two Grade 1 North American Drum Corps Awards. He recently retired from competition with the six-time World Champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band from Vancouver, BC.He has taught and played throughout the world including Canada, USA, South America, South Africa, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, France, Germany, Sicily and the UK and has authored five books on Pipe Band Drumming including North America’s best-selling beginner tutor book.
Doug is an accredited judge and holds the highest level of certificate in drumming from the combined Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, The Army School of Piping and Drumming, and the Institute of Piping, known collectively as the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board. He is a qualified assessor for the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association’s Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board. You can contact Doug directly through his contact page here.