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The Epic Project seeks to encourage promising young Pipers and Drummers who might
not be able to afford Highland Attire or high-quality Instruments to continue their Celtic
musical careers.

    Promising young pipers or drummers must be
    Recommended as a worthy recipient by a Drum
    Major, Pipe Major, Bagpipe Instructor or Drum
    Instructor. Recommendations must be emailed to
    Richard King at

    Susan Gordon Rose created The Epic Project in
    2015 with the support of many fellow Gordon
    Clansmen. The first beneficiary of The Epic Project
    was Austin Diepenhorst, a 16-year-old Grade 1
    Piper who is blind. A truly talented young man, he
    is a most deserving recipient and was nominated
    for the award by his instructors and pipe major.
    Since receiving his kit, Austin has gone on to win
    the very prestigious 20th annual George Sherriff
    Memorial Amateur Invitational Solo Piping
    Competition in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Only 9
    pipers from across North America were invited to
    compete and Austin was named Overall Winner
    after placing 1st in both the March-Strathspey-Reel
    Competition and the 6/8 March Competition.

    The Epic Project 2016 Recipient will be Linda Snoddy of
    Bakersfield College in Bakersfield, CA.  Linda not only
    has had numerous Piping Awards and maintains a high
    GPA, but gives generously of her talents in representing
    of the Scottish the Community at Large.

    Linda pipes at Garden of Innocence Unclaimed Baby
    Funerals of Kern County, at the Wounded Heroes Fund
    of Kern County, and at The National Cemetery. This is
    above and beyond piping at numerous Police and Fire
    Events plus Highland Game Competitions.

    The Epic Project announcement of the 2016 Recipient
    says, “Linda Snoddy truly honors the Scottish Community
    through these acts, and in turn we wish to honor her
    dedication by making her this year's The Epic Project

Linda will be outfitted by Susan Gordon Rose, owner of My Kiltmaker in Clan Campbell
Tartan, the same Tartan worn
by the Duke of Argyll; Clan Campbell USA was the first
Major Donor to the 2016 Epic Project.  The Epic Project has been joined by Murray
Huggins, owner of Colin Kyo Bagpipes, who will provide Bagpipes for Linda and future
Recipients. The Leather Tinker, owner Billy Lang will be providing a Custom Sporran as

The presentation of Highland Dress and Set of Pipes will take place at the Seaside
Highland Games in Ventura, California, the second weekend of October 2016.
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20th Sherriff Memorial champion Austin
Diepenhorst receiving a set of McCallum
pipes from judge Ian Duncan