Lessons in Pittsburgh
Bagpipe lessons in Pittsburgh available with Balmoral Director George Balderose. George has studied with the world's top Highland piping instructors for more than three decades. During this time, he has developed methods of teaching piping to adult beginners. Several of his adult Highland piping students have won firsts at EUSPBA-sanctioned piping competitions. George has played and taught the bellows smallpipes for more than twenty years, and has performed on the Highland pipes with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, as a soloist for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and with championship Scottish and Irish dancers at concerts and festivals throughout the eastern US. He has won the MacCrimmon Quaich for Grade 1 Piobaireachd four times. George is a member of the performance ensemble Road to the Isles, which is on the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour/Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation roster. In 2014, he was recognized by the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area in Pittsburgh with the Master Artist and Tradition Bearer Award.
Pipes & Drums in PA
Smallpipes in 'A' made by Hamish Moore and played by George Balderose, accompanied by Gordon Bell on Snare drum pad, at the Balmoral School of Piping and Drumming's Instructors' concert, July 17, 2014, Hillman Center for the Performing Arts, ShadySide Academy, Pittsburgh, PA. These concerts are part of every Balmoral Summer School session and are free to the public.
George Balderose & the River City Brass
Balmoral School Executive Director George Balderose and former Balmoral instructor Pipe Major Brian Donaldson playing 'The Shenandoah Medley' with the River City Brass Band, Carnegie Music Hall, March 12, 2013. "Shenandoah' (Air), 'Simple Gifts' (Hymn), 'The Boys of Bluehill' (Hornpipe), 'The Jolly Beggarman' (Hornpipe), 'The Irish Washerwoman' (Jig), 'Gary Owen' (Jig).