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Top Dog Gordon Bell
Gordon Bell leads the Monaghan Drum Corps. Gordon has long been respected as one of the Premier drummers in the United States, and has been recognized as a world class drummer by the very best. Gordon was the corps leader for Parlin and District as they dominated the pipe band scene in the United States for over ten years. Gordon grew up as a student of Norman McLeod in the Grade One Kenmure Pipe Band where he debuted at age eleven. At age thirteen, Gordon was a member of the Muirehead & Sons Pipe Band in Scotland, where he served under Drum Sergeant Bob Turner. Gordon has lead the corps for Lehigh Valley,and has also played for the City of Washington Pipe Band and the 78th Fraser Highlanders . Gordon Bell won the EUSPBA Champion Supreme title for open drumming from 1979 through 1987. He is an EUSPBA panel drumming judge and an instructor for the Balmoral School of Piping and Drumming.

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 Wedding Day
Gordon and his lovely wife Bernadette

Irish Guard
Playing a tune with PM Brian Donaldson ex-Scots Guards.

78th Frasers
78th Fraser Drummers - (L -R) Gordon Bell, Ian Rollo, Andre Tessier, Ivan Gagne, Mike Hunter.

Duncan Bell
Playing at the New York Stock Exchange with brother Duncan.

1970 with the Kenmure Pipe Band.

Hunter Mountain
Hunter Mountain - Accepting the Award for Best Drum Corps on behalf of Parlin & District.

On the Job
When he is not drumming, Gordon spends time building Manhattan's sky line.

Gordon comes from a piping and drumming family. His father George Bell is the former pipe major of Kenmure. Mr. Bell is a well-respected piping instructor and judge who has taught countless successful competitive pipers including Monaghan Pipe Major John Wassman. If you measure the success of his students, one would have to conclude that George Bell is the most successful piping instructor in the New York/New Jersey area. Mr. Bell hails from Scotland where he not only piped but was the lead drummer for a grade one band.

Gordon's brothers Jimmy and Duncan are top of the line Pipers, each in their own right. Both are successful open soloists and EUSPBA panel piping judges. Jimmy Bell was the pipe major of Parlin and District, taking the band from Grade 2 to Grade 1, and is now reshaping the piping landscape of Florida. Duncan continues to be a major force in the NY/NJ area both as an open competitor and a member of the DelMar & District Pipe Band . Gordon's brother Donald is an open drummer who has played with Gordon in Parlin and and has played with City of Washington. Gordon's son Colin continues the drumming tradition as he brings his pipe band background to the arena of DCI - Drum Corps International.

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