Jori Chisholm


Jori Chisholm has emerged as one of the world's premier professional pipers. Jori has made his mark on the international competitive piping
scene winning top prizes, including the United States Gold Medal Piping Championship (three times) the Royal Scottish Pipers' Society Bronze Star for First Place in the 'A' Marches at the Argyllshire Gathering in Oban, and Runner-Up in the Silver Medal Piobaireachd at the Northern Meeting in Inverness -- all on his first attempt. In 2008, Jori won the Open 'A' Piobaireachd at the Cowal Highland Gathering, the largest Highland Games in the World.

Jori is a member of the world-famous Simon Fraser University Pipe Band, and played with the band when they won the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. Jori has appeared on numerous recordings as a soloist and pipe band member, including a live concert recording at the renowned Sydney Opera House. Jori has performed with many notable musicians, including sold-out concerts with the Irish supergroup The Chieftains and legendary ex-Grateful Dead rocker Bob Weir and RatDog. Jori
has appeared as a soloist or pipe band member on over 20 recordings, including his long-anticipated full-length solo studio project Bagpipe Revolution released in 2008.
A native of Lake Oswego, Oregon, Jori started piping at age 11 with instr
uction from Colin MacKenzie. Jori credits Colin for instilling in him a deep passion for the pipes, and particularly for Piobaireachd -- the classical music of the Highland bagpipe. Jori found early success on the competition scene, winning the Most Promising Amateur Piper prize at the B.C. Pipers Annual Gathering two years in a row.

Jori graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Psychology with Phi Beta Kappa Honors, where he studied learning and the psychology of music. He teaches piping in Seattle and to students of all ages and skill levels worldwide using video conferencing and his pioneering long distance education program as part of He welcomes new students at this time.

James Laughlin,
James Laughlin, a professional side drummer and highly sought-after instructor, has been drumming since the age of 10. He started at his local primary school in Northern Ireland and joined the Monkstown-Mossley Pipe Band. Within four years of starting his drumming career he won the World Solo Juvenile drumming championship on two occasions, 2000 and 2001.

He moved to Canada in 2004 to play with the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band He has enjoyed many successes with the band including three World Drum Corps titles (2004, 2008 and 2009) and also two World Pipe Band Championships in 2008 & 2009.

His teaching resume is very diverse, international and of a very high standard. James' students range from 7-70 and from Beginner to Professional. He is chief drumming instructor at the St Andrews College in Christchurch, New Zealand. He has been teaching individual student’s since his mid-teens and has enjoyed the experience of teaching at the famous Piping Hot Summer Drummer School, 2009 being his sixth year on the teaching faculty. James has been fortunate to have taught at some of the most distinguished piping and drumming schools in the world. These include PHSD, the NZ National Summer School, the Summer Thunder Down Under Tour, the South West Coast Piper Drummer, The Noosa Workshop, Victorian Youth Workshop, The Canberra Workshop and the SFU summer school.

James’ recent solo successes include winning the British Columbia Pro Drumming Aggregate 2007, and making the semi-finals at the Adult World Solo Drumming Championships.

James has established a World-Class resource for Pipe Band Drumming Lessons Online. Come2Drum has grew rapidly since its beginnings and has many successful students enjoying someof the world's finest drumming tuition via Skype. He welcomes new students at this time.

James also operates Laughlin's Pipes N Drumz, a supply company that offers pipe band drumming supplies and Highland dancing outfits.

Ciaran Mordaunt,
International Adjudicator

Ciaran Mordaunt, is one of Ireland's most accomplished pipe band snare drummers. Not only has he competed at the top levels but he has an extensive teaching resume and is highly sought-after as an educator and adjudicator.

Drumming instructors that contributed to Ciaran's success include, Alex Duthart, Tommy Merrigan, Frank Saunders, Sean (Bisto) Keogh, and John Rea. Ciaran has dedicated many years of his life to playing with bands all over the country. Some of these include Fintan Lalor, St Lawrence Howth, Lord Edwards Own, Dunraven and several other bands. He has also recorded specialist tracks for The Chieftains, Sean O'Flynn and guested with the Irish National Symphony Orchestra.

Ciaran is the current drumming principal for the Irish Pipe Band Association College, an examiner for the Advanced certificate of the RSPBA, and is an adjudicator for the IPBA, the RSPBA (Northern Ireland Branch), RSPBA (overseas drumming adjudicator), and an International ensemble adjudicator for the RSPBA.

The scores that Ciaran has submitted are top-notch and are written with a very musical touch. His great knowledge and experience can clearly be heard in his drumming compositions.

Mike Cole
Bass and Tenor Drumming Instructor,

Mike Cole is one of the world’s most accomplished bass drummers and sought after drumming instructors. Mike has won a number of top sectional and individual prizes, including the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Best Bass title in Grade 2 in 1998, the North American Pipe Band Championships bass section titles in Grade 2 in 2004 and 2005 and in Grade 1 in 2006. In 2007 Mike won the Midwest Highland Arts Fund Gold Medal in their inaugural solo bass drumming contest in Kansas City. Mike now is an adjudicator of that contest.

Mike has played snare, tenor, and bass drum in a variety of Grade 1 and 2 bands including the 78th Frasers, Midlothian Scottish, North Coast, and Windsor Police pipe bands. Mike has extensive drum kit and hand percussion experience in addition to playing in pipe bands. He is featured on a variety of percussion instruments on Jori Chisholm’s Bagpipe Revolution. He is the inventor of the Twisted Thistle bass drum mallet series a
nd has a successful recording and drum score composing service.

Mike has instructed individuals and drum corps and has taught at workshops, seminars, and summer camps in Scotland, Canada, and the United States. He was a member of the advisory staff of and has taught bass drumming at the “Back to Bassics” clinic in Glasgow, Scotland. He is a faculty member of the Mastery of Scottish Arts’ School in Seattle, Washington, and the Midwest Highland Arts’ Winter Storm School in Kansas City, Missouri. Mike judged solo bass drumming and tenor and bass drumming in the Grade 1 and 2 band contests at the North American Pipe Band Championships in Maxville, Ontario in 2009. He is an accomplished drum technician having worked with the current Grade One World Champions Simon Fraser University Pipe Band and the current Grade Two World Champions Inveraray and District Pipe Band.

Mike resides in Chicago, Illinois where he works as an elementary teacher for the Chicago Public Schools.

Barry Wilson,
Drumming Instructor,

Barry began drumming aged 10 with his local band Mauchline and District and within 4 years had progressed to Grade 1 and the Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band. Here he would remain for the next 16 years playing on the flank of arguably the most successful drum corps of all time winning an ama
zing 40 major drum corps titles, including 12 World Drum Corps Championships and a grand slam of 5 titles in 1995 which took in a run of 11 titles in a row.

Barry is now lead tip with the Scottish Power Pipe Band, and in his first year le
d the corps to a top 6 finish in the Champion of Champions table. They continue to consolidate their position in the top flight of Grade 1.

In 2007 Barry realised his dream and won the Adult Championship for the first time and in 2008 and 2009 topped this by successfully defending his title to remain the current World Solo Champion.

Barry also continues to hold down a day job as a Quantity Surveyor in the construction industry, living in Kilmarnock with his partner Kineta Mordaunt and their son Charlie who was born in March.

Scott Robertson,
Drumming Instructor,
Scott currently instructs youth drummers with the RMM Pipe Band (part of the SFU pipe band organisation). He has instructed and led drum corps' including Triumph street, Vancouver Ladies Pipe Band (World Champions 1980), Delta Police Pipe Band and the Seaforth Highlanders.
Scott was also playing member with the World Drum Corps Champions Triumph Street in 1979, under Leading Drummer Willie McErlean. He has also played in the Abbotsford Police Pipe Band.
Scott is an official drumming and ensemble judge of the BC Pipers Association. He frequently judges at Highland Games in Western Canada.
Scott currently resides in Vancouver, Canada.