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William J. Hunter

William J. Hunter, a retired band director, is a graduate of the University of
Georgia with a Masters Degree in Music Education and is an alumnus of
the Redcoat Band. Mr. Hunter taught music in Georgia at all levels for 40
years. He is a life member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and maintains
membership in MENC, GMEA, NBA, and EUSPBA. Mr. Hunter is a
clarinetist and was a founding member of the Macon Symphony
Orchestra. He was also a member of the Macon Symphonic Band and was a member of the Tara Winds Community Band for 20 years.

As a piper, Mr. Hunter has performed as a soloist with Tara Winds, the
Georgia Tech Symphonic Band, the Georgia College & State University
Concert Band, the Reinhardt University Wind Ensemble, the University of
of South Carolina High School Honor Band, and numerous high school
and honor bands. In 2003 one of his band arrangements featuring the
pipes was performed at the University of Georgia Janfest; and in 2007
another of his compositions was performed at the Georgia Music
Educators Association Conference and was selected for playback on
GPB radio. The 2011 GMEA Conference will be the sight of the premiere of Mr. Hunter's latest arrangement: Blessing and Honor".

Mr. Hunter became interested in the bagpipes as a young boy while attending Scottish picnics in western Pennsylvania. Later in life, as a music educator and clarinetist, he reconnected to his Scottish heritage and began studying piping in 1993, and has continued over the years with many outstanding instructors at the North American Academy of Piping. He also studied at the National Piping Centre Summer School. He is the former Pipe Major of both the Culloden Pipes & Drums and the Mercer University Pipes & Drums and a former member of the John Mohr MacKintosh Pipes & Drums . He currently competes as a Grade 3 EUSPBA piper and performs on a classic set of 1890's John Center highland bagpipes.

 

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