Sean Somers has established himself as one of the top professional pipers from the Canadian Prairies, having gained recognition from the highest levels as a leader, bandsman, soloist and composer.
A consistent prize-winner in professional piping contests throughout North America, Sean is also the pipe-major of the Grade 2 Rocky Mountain Pipe Band, establishing itself as one of the premier bands in Western Canada under his leadership. Sean has successfully led the RMPB to win the North American Pipe Band Championship (2017), the BC Indoor Annual Gathering (2017), as well as many local top prizes including consecutive Alberta Provincial Championships (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) and the Northern Canadian Championships (2015, 2017).
With many appearances in the Grade 1 finals at the World Pipe Band Championships, he is also the former pipe-sergeant of the Grade 1 Alberta Caledonia Pipe Band, and former key member of The 78th Highlanders (Halifax) Pipe Band where he won both the Canadian and North American Championships in Grade 1. Sean spent his formative years with the Grade 2 City of Regina Pipe Band and credits P/M Iain MacDonald (Regina) as a major influence on his piping career.
Sean is the former Principal Piping Instructor at the College of Piping (PEI), and has since continued to teach regularly 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 award-winning composer, Sean’s music has been commissioned to commemorate special events, and dozens of his tunes have been published in many contemporary collections of bagpipe music. His music has been played and recorded by some of the world’s best pipe bands.
Sean has been Chair of the Music and Judging Committee 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 the Canadian Prairies, Atlantic and Western Canada as well as the Midwest, Pacific Northwest and Eastern Seaboard of the United States.
Over the years, Sean has also been a contributor to pipes|drums, the world’s most popular magazine for pipers and drummers, with feature articles, reviews and opinion.
Sean has also assisted in the development of a bagpipe making business, which manufactured highland bagpipes, practice chanters and accessories.
Based in Calgary, Sean is married and has a young son and daughter. A civil servant in “real life”, he manages the Department of Transportation’s Communications team with The City of Calgary.