We're into the home stretch! Very happy to announce Miss February!
Seton Amharach Helwig began playing the tenor drum at age 15 with the St. Ann's of Hampton Pipes and Drums after being introduced to the instrument through the bass drummer, who happened to be the local librarian in her hometown of Whitehouse Station, NJ.
After a brief time playing with the Grade 1 Stuart Highlanders in New England, she took a break for a year to focus on school, but couldn't stay away from the music and drumming for long. She now plays tenor for the Grade 3 MacMillan United Pipe Band, closer to her home in NJ, which most recently won their grade at the North American Pipe Band Championships in Maxville, Ontario. An award befitting for a musician in the North American Pipe Band Calendar!
MacMillan won the Championship with 1st and 2nd in piping, 1st in ensemble and 2nd in drumming.
Seton (center, left) with her band after winning the NAPB Championships in Maxville
The MacMillan United Pipe Bands are competition bagpipe bands headquartered in Rockville, Maryland. The organization is comprised of three bands – MacMillan Pipe Band (Grade III), MacMillan-Birtles Pipe Band (Grade IV), and MacMillan-Dunn Pipe Band (Grade V) – that compete in the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association.
Seton also competes solo at an amateur 1 level but aspires to become a professional level solo competitor, with her ultimate goal being to win at the Glasgow World Pipe Band Championships.
Seton is senior at The College of New Jersey and is majoring in communications with a minor in fine art. In her free time she enjoys painting and singing in the choir, as well as local community musical theater.
Be sure and show Seton and MacMillan your support by purchasing a NAPB Calendar scheduled for release in September!