About The Millennium Method!
The Millennium Method encourages students to beat time with the assistance of clearly marked ‘foot prints’ for exercises and tunes as well having either the simple or compound rhythm markers clearly displayed allowing students to gain a thorough knowledge of rhythmical patterns and the timing for a variety of tunes.
A concise and easy to follow method for learning the Great Highland Bagpipe.
Possibly the most concise rhythmical method for learning the Great Highland Bagpipe ever produced.
A 25 step programme which may see students playing several tunes inside of 6 months.
The on-line tutor allows students to print their own practice booklet of over 250 tutorial pages.
There are over 350 individual exercise and 350 520 individual video reference files. clearly showing students how to perform the exercises or tunes for each section concisely.
Over 25,000 words clearly explaining the methods that will see students progressing faster than they thought possible.
The new fully revised (2019) on-line-tutor also incorporates the use of colour, which makes learning to read the embellishments easier to understand, more fun for the student and is proven to enhance memorisation techniques.
Barry Gray was a memebr of the City of Blacktown Pipe Band (previousley known as St John’sAmbulance Brigade Pipes & Drums) from 1977 and the Musical Director and Pipe Major from 1994 – 2006. The band was in Grade 1 for the entire duration of his time as Pipe Major. The band also had ‘feeder’ bands in Grade 3, Grade 4 and Juvenile. He lead the Blacktown Pipe Band in competitions, in Scotland in 1992, 1995, 1998 and 2006. In Indonesia on 9 occasions and New Zealand on 8 occasions.
He was an Australian Representative at the McCallum Trophy Invitational Contest in Lorient, France in 1999.
He has competed in Scotland as a ‘guest’ player in Grade 1 with the following bands:
1986: Dysart & Dundonald Pipe Band (PM R.T.Shepherd)
1994: Dysart & Dundonald Pipe Band (PM Davy Barnes)
2008: New Zealand Police Pipe Band (PM Iain Robertson)
2009: Fife Constabulary ( PM J. Murray )
And as tutor with following bands aat the World Championhips in Scotland:
2010: The Hawkesbury Nepean Valley Pipe Band - Grades 4 and Juvenile
2012: The Hawkesbury Nepean Valley Pipe Band - Grade 4
2015: The Sri Desmash Sikh Pipe band from Malaysia - Grade 4B (who won the World G4 Championships in 2019)
2017: The Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band - Grade 3A
2018: Murrumba Pipe Band Qld (Mid Section tutor & Piper)
He has been tutor of the Hawkesbury Nepean Valley Pipe Band since 2008 and Pipe major since 2011 which has now become the Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band.
They were Grade 4 Australian and South Pacific Champions in 2014.