James P. Troy

James Troy

James began both piping and drumming at age six, studying piping with his father, James W. Troy, and drumming with his uncle, Colin Magee. He joined his first band, the renowned City of Victoria Pipe Band, at age 11, and has since been a member of the Peel Regional Police Pipe Band, the Toronto Metro Police Pipe Band, the City of Victoria Police Pipe Band and the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band.

In addition to his extensive band experience, James has won numerous prizes throughout Canada and the United States as a soloist. He has judged piping and drumming events on numerous occasions. In recent years he has become well known for the quality of his seminars for pipers and drummers.

In 1998 James and his father acquired the reed business of the world-famous McAllister family of Shotts, Scotland. Today they continue to manufacture the McAllister pipe chanter reed to the McAllisters’ exact specifications. James brings an extensive background as a soloist and band musician. As a professional solo player of both the pipes and snare drum, he is equally at home with both pipes and drums. James was most recently a member of the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band drum corps, who garnered much attention in the 2008 season, and he also was the winner of all three pro piping events at the BC Pipers Annual Gathering, and the winner of several prizes at the Scottish Society of London competition in London, England.

James began both piping and drumming at age six, studying piping with his father, James W. Troy, and drumming with his uncle, Colin Magee. At age 11 he joined his first band, the renowned City of Victoria Pipe Band. His band playing background also includes the Peel Regional Police and 78th Fraser Highlanders pipe bands of Toronto. In addition to his extensive band experience, James has won numerous prizes throughout Canada and the United States as a soloist. He has judged piping and drumming events on numerous occasions, and is a member of the British Columbia Pipers’ Association adjudicators’ panel. In recent years James has become well known for the quality of his seminars for both pipers and drummers. He is a valued resource for pipe band players, presenting seminars on ensemble concepts and teaching at major summer programs in the United States and Canada. In addition, he has a number of private students in Victoria.

In 1998 James and his father, James W. Troy, acquired the reed business of the world-famous McAllister family of Shotts, Scotland. Today they continue to manufacture the McAllister pipe chanter reed to the McAllisters’ exact specifications. Outside the piping/pipe band genre, James has toured across Canada with major record labels in the past couple of years.

James is active at the VCM as instructor of Scottish Pipes and drumming, and appears regularly in concert as a Contemporary music drummer, along with fellow colleagues of the Chwyl Family School of Contemporary Music.  Jamie also offers lessons via distance learning.