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ABOUT THE BAND

The members of Claddagh Mhor Pipe Band each have their individual history, but as a group we are looking toward the future. We are focused on quality and with that, competition.

The name "Claddagh Mhor" is derived from the claddagh, a symbol of friendship (hands), loyalty (crown) and love (heart); and the gaelic word, mhor (pronounced more), meaning great or big.

 

The band is registered with the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA) and currently competes in Grade V. Of course, we'll have to pay the bills, so we will participate in parades as well. All of the proceeds we receive will be used for equipment, uniforms, instruction and transportation.

Please consider making a tax deductible donation to the Claddagh Mhor Pipe Band! We are a 501(c)3 organization.

BAND ROSTER

 
 
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Tom Ryan

Bagpipes

Tom began playing at the age of 7 on Long Island, NY.  He has been with the band since 2009 and is a Grade I soloist.

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Ian Anderson

Bagpipes

Ian began playing in 2014 when he joined the band and quickly made it to pipes.

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Doug Andrews

Snare Drum

Doug joined the band 2 years ago and brought his marching and jazz band experience with him.  He has written the band's street-beat.  He is excellent about asking questions.  He competes in Grade IV, Senior.

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Derek Cerjanec

Bagpipes

Derek first got interested piping by listening to his brother.  Derek joined the band in 2016.

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Gwyneth Fitzsimmons

Bagpipes

Gwyneth began piping at the age of 8.  She is a quick learning and competes in Grade IV Junior solos.

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John Hardy

Bass Drum

John started the bass 5 years ago to fill a band need and road trips have never been the same.

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John Henkel

Drum Major

John takes great pride leading the band in our parades and on the competition field.

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Steve Lemieux

Bagpipes

Steve has been with the band since 2018.  He saw a meteoric rise to Grade II solos in 2018 as well.

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Brian Marshall

Snare Drum

Brian joined the band 5 years ago at the invitation of a friend.  He has marching band drum line experience and the band is glad to have him in the ranks!  Brian also leads our Grade 5 competition band.

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Orion Nohr

Bagpipes

Orion began taking the lessons he dropped many years ago picked right up where he left off.  He loves learning the intricacies of the music.  He's competed virtually in 2020-2021 in Grade IV Senior.

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Tom O'Mara

Bagpipes

Tom has an excellent ear and plays many instruments besides the pipes.

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Jim Roberts

Bagpipes

Jim has been playing for 10 years and joined Claddagh Mhor in 2018.

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Silas St. James

Snare Drum

Silas has many years of pipe band experience, but also marching band experience.  He's a quick learner and competes as the Grade IV , Senior soloist.

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Students

Bagpipes

Jason Johnson - Bagpipes

Andrew McLean - Bagpipes

Danny McBride - Bagpipes

Jennifer Curran - Bagpipes

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Andrew Adams

Drum Instructor

Andy has been the band's drumming instructor for 3 years and elevated the corps to new heights between his score writing and technical instruction.  He is a Grade I snare soloist, an Open Bass player and has competed at the Grade II band level.

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Colleen Anderson

Tenor Drum

Colleen began drumming three years ago and adds a new voice to the section, in more ways than one.

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Jeff Cain

Bagpipes

Jeff has been playing since 2014 when he joined the band.  His Naill bagpipes add a great sound to the pipe corps.

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Tom Duffus

Bagpipes

Tom started pipes at the age of 16 under the tutelage of Ellen Mole and then Lezlie Webster in Ontario.  He joins us after many years in Grade 3 & 4 Minnesota Police PB.  He loves the band competition and has a great ear for tuning.

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Paul Halvorsen

Bagpipes

Paul is a Portland firefighter who has been with the band since 2010. 

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John Haslam

Snare Drum

John joined the band in 2019 after a prolonged hiatus.  Glad to have him back at it!

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Rich Laracy

Bagpipes

Rich has been playing for 6 years and started competing in our Grade 5 band in 2021.  Rich is also a Grade 4 Sr. soloist.

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Ginger Libby

Bagpipes

Ginger joins us from the great state of Texas where she took instruction from Bob Richardson of 5 time Grade I winning Muirhead & Sons.

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Eirik Nohr

Bagpipes

Eirik began taking the lessons in 2016 and has performed in the band's parades.  He currently competes in Grade V piping - but not for long!

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Anne O'Donnell

Bagpipes

Anne played with the band in Glasgow at the World Pipe Band Championships and has been in the circle with us ever since!

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Don Penney

Snare Drum

Don joined the band in 2017 and has been an asset ever since.  He also makes Silas's commute to rehearsal easier when he's not sleeping.

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Jodi Ryan

Tenor Drum

Jodi started playing tenor in 2007, and has competed at the Amateur level in solos.  She joined the band in 2009.

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Adam Sise

Bagpipes

Adam began playing while a student at St. Andrew's University in Scotland. What better place to learn?!  He competes in Grade III.

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Dave West

Bagpipes

Dave began piping in 2003 and competes at the Grade III solo level.  He also enjoys boating on Casco Bay.

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CONTACT

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OUR MISSION

Our mission is to bring bagpiping and drumming to the community and to create a presence whose ensemble sound is the result of each member striving towards their personal best and continuing to improve.

OUR ADDRESS

Maine Irish Heritage Center

34 Gray Street

Portland, Maine

PRACTICE INFO

Claddagh Mhor Pipe Band holds full band rehearsals on Monday evenings between 7:30 and 9:30 pm. Student lessons are offered from 6:30 to 7:30pm.