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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 2017 Epic Project recipient is Dana
    Leigh Smith, of Searcy, Arkansas. This
    young lady is a Highland Bass Drummer with
    the Lyon College Marching Band. She will
    receive complete handmade kilt outfits from
    My Kiltmaker as well as a new bass drum and accessories.

The presentation of Highland Dress and Bass Drum 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