Andrew Duncan began piping at age 10.cHis first teacher was his mother, Ann Marie Duncan. Andrew won the Pipers and Pipe Band Society of Ontario’s Champion Supreme award for Grades II and I light music.
Drew has won several professional prizes in North America ,including the 2004 Winnipeg Knockout Championship and the 2005 John Ure Anderson Memorial Gold Medal for Piobairachd at Ligonier. He has over 25 years of successful grade I and II pipe band experience, including placing in the top six multiple times at the World Pipe Band Championships. Most notably he was part of the performance with the Windsor Police Pipe Band that was placed first by both piping judges at the World Pipe Band Championships.
Drew served as the Pipe Major of the Windsor Police Grade Three band (2005-2006). Under his leadership the band consistently placed in the prize list and won the U.S. Pipe Band Championship in 2006. Andrew is a past president of the Windsor-Detroit Branch of the Piper’s Society of Ontario. Andrew joined The Peel Regional Police Grade One Pipe Band (2009). In 2009 The Peel Regional Police Pipe Band was consistently in the prize list and won the Medley event at the North American Championships.
Currently Drew plays with The Great Lakes Pipe Band from Cleveland, Ohio, and is the bagpiping coordinator for The Ohio Scottish Arts School. During the Fall of 2010 Drew passed the E.U.S.P.B.A. Graduate Exams in both light music and Piobaireachd.
In January 2011 Drew was hired by Alma College as the Co-Coordinator of Highland Arts and Director of Piping. Andrew is the current chair for Ohio Valley Branch of the Eastern United Pipe Band Association.
Andrew’s private students have experienced several successes at The North American Pipe Band Championships, The United States Pipe Band Championships, and other major competitions throughout North America.
Between teaching piping at Alma College, teaching private students in the Alma and Metro Detroit areas, and running Duncan’s Highland Supply (with his wife Jodie Duncan), Andrew considers himself fortunate to be engaged in piping on a full-time basis.