Trevor Kellock started learning the great highland bagpipe at the age of 14 through the Army Cadet program in New Glasgow, NS. First taught by Robbie MacInnis, he quickly discovered the joys of learning this historic instrument and musical style. After developing his introductory skills, he was pointed to Audrey Buchanan where he continued to receive first rate instruction and began competing in the amateur grades and as a competitive member of the Dartmouth and District Grade 2 Pipe Band.
As a soloist, he progressed through the ranks and after a few years was competing in Grade 1 and placing on prize lists in Atlantic Canada and at the North American Championships. Trevor continued with the Dartmouth band while completing university degrees in Science and Education and eventually took on the Pipe Major role after the departure of previous Pipe Major Doug Boyd. The band continued to have success and regularly placed in the top six at the North American Pipe Band Championships. With the mentorship of Wayne Moug, Trevor was able to assist a number of musicians in keeping the Dartmouth and District Pipe Band Organization successful both as a music teaching program, and also at multiple levels of competitive band.
Citing a decreased membership, the Dartmouth Pipe Band Organization underwent a restructuring, and Trevor elected to travel to play with the 78th Fraser Highlander Pipe Band based out of Toronto, Ontario. Under the leadership of Pipe Major Bill Livingstone, and later Doug MacRae, the band captured North American Championships and placed in the top ten at the World Pipe Band Championships on numerous occasions. In addition to competitive success, the 78th Fraser Highlanders had continued success in concert venues including the Dublin, Ohio Irish Festival and in Stornaway on the Isle of Lewis.
During this time, Trevor also had the good fortune of taking solo instruction from John MacLean. Under his outstanding tutelage, Trevor was able to begin competing in the professional grade.
Trevor moved to Edmonton in 2009, and the increasing costs of travel led to him leaving the 78th Fraser Highlanders for more local opportunities. He took an instructor and mentor role with the Edmonton and District Grade 3 Band, and in 2012 he assumed the role of Pipe Major. With fellow Maritimer Aaron Carter leading the drum section, the band went on to win the North American Championships in Grade 3 in 2012 and upgraded to Grade 2 the following year where the band finished top 4 at the North American Championships and has recently performed and competed at Festival Interceltique de L’orient in Brittany, France.
For the past two years, Trevor has been playing with the College of Piping Grade 2 Pipe Band in Summerside, PEI, while establishing a teaching program for piping in Sydney, NS. There are over a dozen young students at various stages of development in addition to a group of local adult players.
For Trevor, teaching has always been a focus. In addition to enjoying 5 years teaching Junior High and High School students, he had the opportunity to instruct within the Cadet program for many years. He was also a regular instructor during the March Break and Summer Programs offered at the Gaelic College. In addition to playing in and then leading the Dartmouth and District Grade 2 Pipe Band, he was an active teacher and mentor to the Grade 4 and 5 bands and the music school within the organization. A number of his students have gone on to become successful soloists and band players, and the experience gained from teaching a variety of ages and abilities has been rewarding while helping to shape his own musicianship.