Mother Lode Scottish Games


Celtic Festival

Piping Judges

  Seumas Coyne

Seumas played in SFU in the 80s and 90s. BC piper of the year in 1991, won various prizes in Scotland, the “A” strathspey/reel (Oban) 2nd place in 1998. The Director of the James J. Coyne Memorial School of Piping and Drumming. Full-time in teaching, clinics, composing, and judging. He is thankful to be back in SFU again to play along side his respected colleagues
  Johm Partanen

John was taught by Donal Shaw Ramsay and has been a professional piper since 1961. He has been a judge for over twenty years and is one of the most qualified Piobaireachd adjudicators within the WUSPBA Souther Branch and has been the Commissioner of Piping Education of the WUSPBa. John is currently the Pipe Major of the Kirn County Pipe Band which he founded in 2014.
  Ryan Murray

Ryan began piping at the age of 14 with the City of Sacramento Pipe Band in California, playing with the band from 1999 - 2005. He was a member of the Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band from 2007-2010. In 2010 he became the PM of the City of Sacramento Pipe Band. Under his leadership the band was upgraded to Grade III and had two very successful competitive seasons. As a soloist Ryan competes at the professional level adn was the overall winner of the Angus MacDonald Championship in 2011. He has studied with Murray Henderson, Ian Whitelaw, John Cairns, Seamus Coyne and Liz Tubbs.
Outside of piping Ryan is a professional orchestal conductor and is currently the ARtistic Director of the Townsend Opera, the Assocate Conductor of the Modesto Symphony and the Resident Conductor for the Music In The Mountains. Recently Ryan was announced as the winner of the 2016 - 2017 American Prize in Opera Conducting.
  Janice Richey

Piping adjudicator Janice Richey, Pipe Major of the MacIntosh Pipe Band, has been on the WUSBPA judging panel since the late 1980’s. As a piper and piping instructor, she truly enjoys the challenge of listening to a piece of music and providing both positive reinforcement and construtive criticism to each competitor. First and foremost, she realizes what commitment and effort are behind every piper’s decision to prepare for competition and she strives to convey her admiration for showing up! She enjoys in equal part the young pipers with their quick learning curve, and adult beginners who are willing to take on this difficult instrument.
  Liz Tubbs

Liz (Payne) Tubbs learned to play the Great Highland Bagpipe as a youngster in Dunedin, a long-time Scottish community on Florida's West Coast. As she became a highly-skilled and proficient piper, playing with the City of Dunedin Pipe Band from 1972 through 1978, Liz got the attention of noted piper Sandy MacPhee, who tutored Liz in the professional ranks of pipers (Continuing her music education, Liz became a premier flutist and in 1976 was the Young Artist winner with the Florida Gulf Symphony. She earned her degree in music and elementary education from the University of Iowa in 1978.
Liz moved to California in 1981 and began playing with the Grade 2 Prince Charles Pipe Band in the San Francisco Bay Area, commuting from Sacramento to San Francisco several times a week. With fellow bandsman Clutch Sutton, Liz formed the City of Sacramento Pipe Band in 1989 and has serving as its pipe major and music director. She has played for many dignitaries including former presidents, governors, and the Prime Minister of Ireland. The band has performed many times as the opening act for Rod Stewart and on many occasions with the Sacramento Youth Symphony and Folsom Symphony since 1997.
She has made her mark in the American pipe band world by serving in leadership positions with the Western United States Pipe Band Association for over 25 years. She is a highly recognized judge in the Pipe Band Community.
Liz teaches music in the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Elk Grove's Sheldon High School, teaches band at the elementary school level in the Elk Grove Unified School District, and teaches several instruments privately to many students. Many of her former students have gone on to join world-class pipe bands and have won solo awards throughout North America.
Contact information for the band or lessons:, 916-812-4277
Glen Thompson  Glen Thompson

Drumming Judges

  Duncan McPherson

Duncan was reaised in a pipe band pedigree family, he started out with the City of Sacramento Pipe Band and quickly became the Drum Sergeant. As a youth, Duncan competed at the World Solo Championships in Glasgow. Through the years, he has won several prestigious drumming competitons. He eventually moved on to play with the Prince Charles Pipe Band again quickly moving up from Grade 3 to Grade 2 and finally Grade 1, the highest level for Pipe Bands. Duncan has played for the Los Angeles Scots Grade One Pipe Band.
He currently teaches pipe band drumming for several bands in the Sacramento and Bay Area. In 2016, Duncan became an accredited WUSPBA drumming adjudicator, which in itself is quite an achievement. There are only a handful of professional pipe band drummers that are WUSPBA approved drumming adjudicators in the Western States
  Davey McAdams

Field Marshall

  Carol Marcopulos

Carol has been playing bagpipes for over 30 years. She began her journey while living in Australia, under the instruction of the late Alby Copeland. She was a learning member of the City of Footscray Pipe Band in Melbourne, Australia, which was under the direction of PM Robert Crozier, and Pipe Sgt. Geoff Ross.
In 1992, Carol returned home to Sacramento and joined the City of Sacramento Pipe Band, under the direction and instruction of PM Liz Tubbs. Outside of a break for several years, Carol is still an active member.
For over 15 years Carol has been very active in the piping community on the west coast in various capacities, including Field Marshal at the Sacramento Valley Highland Games in Woodland, Calfironia as well as the Mother Lode Games, here in Plymouth, Stewarding for solos and bands and as a WUSPBA representative, timing the bands at Pleasanton Highland Games.
She has served on the Executive Committee for the James J. Coyne Memorial Pipe Band, a Grade II band in Southern California, which is now defunct.
Her biggest claim to fame is that of being the guest solo piper accompanying Bryan Adams on his 2010 Bare Bones Tour at the Crest Theater in Sacramento, California.

WUSPBA Officials

Amara Reddick ~ Sanctioning Secretary
Suzan Karayel ~ Northern California President
Nancy Thierault ~ Band Registrar