To promote the ever growing interest in pipes and drums by offering professional tuition.
In our endeavour to achieve our aim the Sydney School of Piping and Drumming offers courses for beginners through to experienced players. Instruction from the Sydney School of Piping and Drumming is open to any individual or member of any pipe band or drum corps.
The administrator at The Sydney School of Piping and Drumming is Barry Gray.
With over 30 years experience playing the bagpipes and having competed twice in Scotland with the World Famous Dysart & Dundonald Pipe Band under Pipe Major R.T.Shepherd( in 1986) and Pipe Major Davy Barnes (in 1994) you can rest assured that the schools credentials are of the highest standard.
Barry holds the Australian Pipe Band College Advanced Certificate (1984) and was the Pipe Major and Musical Director of the City of Blacktown Pipe Bands from 1984 – 2006. Barry has been the NSW Open Solo Champion on numerous occasions and competed in solo competitions in Scotland in 1986, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2006 and in Lorient France as an Australian representative at the World Invitational MacCallum Contest in 1999. He is now a sought after recitalist and instructor throughout Australia and Asia.
In more mainstream performances he has appeared on two Australian Feature Films “One Night Stand” and “The Boy Who Had Everything”. Barry has appeared on stage or recorded with Sir Paul McCartney, John Farnham, Jimmy Barnes, Olivia Newtown-John, The Chieftains, Area 7, Anthony Warlow, The Beatnix, The Battlefield Band, The Red Neck Mothers, The Up Streamers and was the Senior Pipe Major at the Great Anzac Tattoo held at the Entertainment Centre in 1999 and the Acer Arena in 2006.
He has been a past Director of the NSWPBA Ltd, Vice Principle of Piping for the APBA NSW Branch and a Vice Chairman of the APBA NSW Branch. He is the current President of the New South Wales Pipe Band Association Inc.