ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Matthew Phelps has been performing the highland bagpipe since the age of eight, beginning in his local band, Trumbull and District, and also plays Scottish smallpipes. Over the years Matthew has played with the Halifax Police in Canada, the Worcester Kilties and Stuart Highlanders of Massachusetts, and the City of Whitehorse Pipe Band in Australia. Phelps has performed at hundreds of events throughout New England as well as in Scotland, Ireland, Australia, Switzerland, Canada, Panama, and Italy. Last year's highlights included performances with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall. 2016 saw Phelps winning his first World Pipe Band Championship in his capacity as Pipe Sergeant of the Worcester Kiltie Pipe Band. Phelps performs and teaches bagpipes full time, traveling regularly to MA, NH, VT, ME, and CT. Phelps has instructed the Scots Highland Pipes and Drums of Leominster, MA, The Rhode Island Highlanders, the Manchester Regional Fire and Police Band, the Pyramid Shriners Band in Stratford, CT, and The Commonwealth Pipes and Drums of Boston, as well as numerous private students. Matthew Phelps is an Open or Professional member of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association.
Coreyanne Armstrong grew up on other instruments, playing the classical piano and flute since ages 4 and 10, respectively. After time spent in the military, Coreyanne took up the bagpipes and has performed for fifteen years. She was the resident bagpiper with Hawaii's premier Celtic band, the Doolin Rakes, and a guest artist with several other Celtic bands on the Highland Pipes, Walsh Shuttle Pipes, and Irish whistle. Coreyanne has travelled extensively with the military, allowing her to be a member of bands in Monterey, CA, Hawaii, the United Kingdom, and Charleston, SC. She was most recently with the Rhode Island Highlanders and was honored to perform with them on stage with The Piano Guys in Providence. Currently she is a Grade2 piper in the EUSPBA and helps to lead the Talcott Mountain Highlanders in CT.
P J Shorrock started playing the pipes at 10 years old with the Colonial Pipers of Boston youth pipe band. He joined the Worcester Kiltie Pipe Band in 2015 and won a World Championship with the band the following year.
Wes Cole started drumming at the age of nine playing with the Amerscot Highlanders in New York. He went on to compete with Columbia and District Pipe Band which merged with the Tara Hall Pipe Band out of Troy, NY, later forming the Capital Region Celtic Pipe Band. In 2003 he joined the Oran Mor Pipe Band from Albany, NY, and traveled to the World Pipe Band Championships with them from 2004-2008. He was instructor to Ceol Gleann Pipe Band from Hurley, NY, in 2007, and City of Albany Pipe Band in 2008. After playing with the 78th Fraser Highlanders from Toronto, Ontario, and the NY Metro Pipe Band for three seasons apiece, he then became the playing instructor with the Manchester Pipe Band in 2014, leading them to a North American Championship drumming title in 2016. He currently plays with the world-renowned Scottish Power Pipe Band from Glasgow, UK. He continues as a drumming instructor in NY and CT for multiple groups including the Manchester Regional Police and Fire Pipe Band and Firefighter Mcpadden.
Finn McCool plays snare drum with Portland and District Pipers as well. He has been playing with the Worcester Kiltie Pipe Band for several years and lured his brother Liam in as a tenor drummer. Finn also won the World Pipe Band Championship with the band in 2016.
MATTHEW PLAYING FOR A WEDDING
Matthew Phelps and Coreyanne Armstrong
422 Main Street
Portland, CT 06480