Chair & Treasurer
Morgan is a board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), and works for the Mothers Milk Bank Northeast. She brings board and non-profit administrative experience from a number of arts and health-care-related organizations. Morgan’s son is a piper, and brought her to The Gathering for the first time; she stays involved because she enjoys the people and the music. Along with her family, she is involved in a variety of folk and traditional music and dance activities in the greater Boston area.
Ciro is a retired Soil Conservationist who has been employed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Natural Resources Conservation Service for 31 years in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Through the USDA he has also served as Tribal Liaison for conservation programs directly related to Federally Recognized Indian Tribes at the local and national level. He brings experience from several local and national boards.
Musically, Ciro is self-taught on banjo, guitar, button accordion and several forms of bagpipes. He has played in bluegrass bands for more than 20 years. He currently marches in the Great Highlands Bagpipe band “The Ladies from Hell – Penn/York Highlanders”, and plays in the Celtic/Appalachian trio “Vernal Pool” see http://www.vernalpoolband.com
Christine is a respiratory therapist by trade. She brings her enthusiasm for smallpipes and Northumbrian pipes to the Gathering, and her organizational skills to the Registrar position for the Gathering.
Thomas Leigh comes from a musical family: his mother is a classically trained pianist and his grandfather was a classical violinist and music teacher. Thomas started with piano as a child, and percussion and electronic music as a teenager. He took up Highland pipes in 2002 at his wife’s urging, and fell in love. This led in turn to discovering small pipes, which became his favorite instrument after he acquired his first set in 2005. He is currently a member of the Catamount Pipe Band based out of Montpelier, VT.
Thomas has an MA with Honours in Gaelic Studies from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, and has taught classes and workshops in the language since 1999. His wife, Maggie Carchrie, runs the Callanish School of Celtic Arts and teaches Highland dance, Cape Breton step dance, and Gaelic song. They perform together regularly at Highland Games and festivals, and they bring a program of Scottish music and dance to libraries, senior centers and assisted living facilities around New England.
Chris Pinchbeck has as varied a past as there are types of bagpipes. Raised by a family who grew Christmas trees and roses, Chris worked through college first in Wildlife Management at UNH (proving his ability to feel at home within alternative bagpiper circles), then onto a rich photographic/video career of travel and teaching via another degree from Brooks Institute of Photography. All the while, he has played in Maine based Highland pipe bands and worked his way into building his reputable Scottish Smallpipes business, Pinchbeck Pipes. Chris is an avid rock climber, outdoorsman, pilot, sits on the Select board in Hope, Maine and is a father of two. His wife, Lindsay, is the founder of Sweet Tree Arts and The Sweetland School.