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Sean Somers, from Calgary, Alberta, has emerged as one of the top professional pipers from the Canadian Prairies, gaining recognition at the highest levels as a soloist, bandsman and composer.


Sean is an active competitor and consistent prize-winner in professional piping contests throughout North America. Sean is currently the Pipe Major of the Grade 2 Rocky Mountain Pipe Band, most recently pipe Sergeant of the grade one Alberta Caledonia Pipe Band and former key member of the grade one 78th Highlanders (Halifax) Pipe Band where he won both the Canadian and North American Championships.


Sean is the former Principal Piping Instructor at the College of Piping (PEI), and has since continued to teach at workshops and at summer schools. More recently, Sean has enjoyed opportunities to lecture and give recitals in addition to his teaching in both Canada and the United States.


An avid composer, Sean has many tunes published in several contemporary collections of music and has had his music played and recorded by some of the world's best pipe bands.


Sean is currently Chair of the Music and Judging Comittee for the Alberta Society of Pipers and Drummers, Past President of the Saskatchewan Pipe Band Association and member of Music Initiatives Advisory Committee with the Alliance of North American Pipe Band Associations.


An accredited member of the Alberta Society of Pipers and Drummers adjudication panel, Sean has judged solo and band competitions throughout North America. Stops include Atlantic and Western Canada as well as the Midwest, Pacific Northwest and Eastern Seaboard of the United States.


Sean has also assisted in the development of a bagpipe making business, Somers Bagpipes, which manufactures highland bagpipes, practice chanters, smallpipes and accessories.


Sean is a graduate from the University of Regina and works in Communications with the City of Calgary.