Sean pursues excellence in his education and performance, studying under and competing with the best.

Music Education

2009—2013

Completed a BA in Music Education with a focus in bagpiping, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

2002—Present

Instructor under the Bluebonnet School of Scottish Bagpiping and Drumming (BSSBD), Pittsburgh, PA

1997—Present

Student of the BSSBD, Pittsburgh, PA
Instructors include: Angus MacLellan, Mark Wygent, Martin Kessler, Logan Tannoc, Jim Wark, Jimmy Bell, Lyric Todkill, Robert Meade, Harry Meade, Larry Allen, Jon Quigg,

1996—Present

Attended annual summer camps at St. Thomas Episcopal School, home of the World Champion Juvenile band of the same name, Houston, TX

All the awards Sean won in the 2014 competition season.

Awards won in the 2014 season

Honors and Awards

Current Standing

#1 - Grade 1 Eastern United States Pipe Band Association Overall
#1 - Grade 1 Eastern United States Pipe Band Association Piobaireachd

1st Places: 5
2nd Places: 10
3rd Places: 3

2015

Third in the North American Grade 1 Ceol Beag Championship (WinterStorm)
Second in the Piobaireachd at the George M. Bell Memorial Competition
Piper of the Day at Erepa Grotto Indoor Competition
Winner of the John MacFayden Memorial Trophy for Piobaireachd at the Colonial Highland Gathering
Overall winner with First in the Piobaireachd and Second in the MSR at the United States Piping Foundation
Piper of the Day at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
Prizewinner in the Goblin Cup (Grandfather Mountain)

2011

Ohio Valley Grade I Competitor to the Metro Cup (2012)
Invited to the Sandy Jones Invitational Competition (2012)

2010

Recipient of the Pipe Band Scholarship at EUP
Gilchrist Challenge bagpiping competition finalist
Medal for Meritorious Action, for saving life, awarded by the Boy Scouts of America

2009

Recipient of the Pipe Band Scholarship at EUP
Guest instructor at the College of Piping, Glasgow, Scotland
Gilchrist Challenge finalist

2008

Upgraded to Grade 1 solo competition in the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA)
Ranked in the top 10 Grade I competitors, EUSPBA

2007

Eagle Scout
Winner of the EUSPBA Southern Championship, Grade II, Stone Mountain, GA
Finalist in the Pittsburgh Public Theatre’s Shakespeare Scene and Monologue Contest.

2006-2008

Pipe Major of Steel Thistle Pipes & Drums

2006

Winner of the Midwest Pipe Band Association Championship, Grade II, Alma, MI
“Piper of the Day” (aggregate champion) 5 times out of 7 competitions
Ranked in the EUSPBA’s top 10 Grade II competitors
Winner of the Gordon Highlander’s trophy for Piobaireachd, Fairhill, MD
Prizewinner in professional competition, Inverkiething, Scotland