The Virginia Museum of Fine Art Hosts a retrospective of Thomas C. Gordon, Jr.'s work in March.
The museum also announced that the position of director of the VMFA Studio School has been endowed
permanently with funds given in memory of Thomas C. Gordon Jr., a former justice of the Supreme Court of
Congratulations to Sarah Gordon and Aaron Todd for being
part of the Opening Act for the Seven Nations Concert on
10 March 2004 at Clover Hill!
Congratulations to Aaron Todd, son of David & Lois Todd, for
placing 1st in Piobaireachd (traditional Bagpipe Music) and
1st in 2/4 March, Grade IV Jr. at the Tidewater Tartan Day
Festival in Virginia Beach on April 3rd. Aaron was named
Grade IV Jr. PIPER OF THE DAY!
Congratulations to Aaron Todd for placing 3rd in Piobaireachd
Grade IV Jr. at the Loch Norman Celtic Games in North Carolina on May 17th.
Congratulations to Aaron Todd for placing 1st in 2/4 March and 4th in Piobaireachd Grade IV Jr
Competition at the Southern Maryland Celtic Festival in St. Leonard's, MD on April 24th. Aaron was named
Grade IV Jr. PIPER OF THE DAY!
Aaron Todd performed with the GRPD at the State
Police Memorial on May 4th at the State Capitol.
Before the service the band played for Gov. Warner
in front of the Governor's Mansion. Gov. Warner
singled out Aaron and spent 15 minutes talking to
him about piping.
Congratulations to Aaron Todd for placing 1st in
the 2/4 March in the 12 and under category at the Colonial
Highland Festival in Fair Hill, MD on 15 May 2004. There was
no Piobaireachd competition. Aaron received an Above Grade
Level Rating from the judge.
Congratulations to David Todd who placed 3rd in the Novice Tenor Drumming Competition at Fair Hill.
This was David's first competition. He started learning tenor drumming in January of this year!
Congratulations to Brandon Wray, son of Barbara Gordon Wray, for being named Student of the Year in
Math, History, and Band for his grade level at Clover Hill High School for the 2003-2004 School Year.
Brandon is a rising Junior.
Congratulations to Allyson Brunacci, daughter of Greg & Sharon Brunacci for her two third place and
one 2nd place performances at the Virginia Scottish Games in Highland Dancing. Allyson is
competing at the Premier Level! We are very proud of Allyson and her accomplishments!
Congratulations to Aaron Todd, son of David & Lois Todd for his 1st place in 2/4 March in Grade IV Jr.
Piping at Grandfather Mountain and 5th Place in Piobaireachd.
Congratulations to Aaron Todd for his 1st place in 2/4 March and 1st place in Piobaireachd with an
Above Grade Level Designation in Grade IV Jr. Piping at the Virginia Scottish Games. Aaron was
Piper of the Day and received the Robert Gilchrist Memorial Scholarship for tuition to Piping Summer
School next year.
Congratulations to Heather Gardiner and the Charleston Police Pipes and Drums who placed 1st in Grade
V Pipe Band Competition at the Virginia Scottish Games. Congratulations to David & Aaron Todd and the
Greater Richmond Pipes & Drums who placed 2nd in Grade V Pipe Band Competition.
Congratulations to Lois Todd for being named as a recipient of the James Cash Penney Award for
Community Service in 2004. The JCPenney Foundation has donated $500.00 in her honor to the
Hermitage Bands & Auxiliary Boosters. In 2003-2004 Lois was a Vice-President for the Boosters and among
many other activities she headed up the Hermitage Classic, a marching band competition hosting 30+ bands
from across the state. The event came one week after Hurricane Isabel and after many problems were
overcome, hosted over 2000 student musicians in competition and over 7,000 spectators throughout the
day. The James Cash Penney Award honors active and retired JCPenney Associates for their community
Morris Gordon, Barbara Wray, David, Lois & Aaron Todd traveled to Pennsylvania to attend the
Ligonier Highland Games in the Highlander Hut. The House of Gordon tent was extremely well attended by
fellow Gordons who were excited to have us there. We located two possible co-conveners for Pennsylvania!
We met the Ohio Gordons and had a fantastic day with two of our pipers performing extremely well at the
games and upholding the clan honor! Congratulations to Heather Gardiner who placed 2nd in the Grade
IV Sr. March Competition with an above grade level designation at the Ligonier Highland Games on
Sept. 11th at Ligonier, PA. Heather is also part of the Charleston (SC) Police Grade IV Pipe Band which
placed third in band competition.
Congratulations also to Aaron Todd who placed 1st in Grade
IV Jr. Piobaireachd competition and 1st in 2/4 March
Competitionwith an above grade level designation. Aaron
was the Grade IV Jr. Piper of the Day and was awarded a
$150.00 Scholarship. Aaron was introduced to Alasdair Gillies,
Pipe Major of the Carnegie Mellon Pipe Band, and former Pipe
Major of the Highlanders (first PM at the amalgamation). PM Gillies
had just returned from Scotland the day previous having just won
the Gold Medal Inverness Solo Championship! Aaron was invited to
march with the CMPB in the massed bands. CMPB won the Grade
III Pipe Band Competition. Ligonier is the EUSPBA Pipe Band
Congratulations to Aaron Todd who placed 1st in Piobaireachd
with an AGL designation and 2nd in 2/4 March at the Williamsburg Scottish Festival on 25 September
2004. Aaron was the Grade IV Jr. Piper of the Day. Congratulations to David & Aaron Todd and the
Greater Richmond Pipes & Drums for placing 2nd in the Pipe Band Competition.
Congratulations to Aaron Todd for placing 1st in 2/4 March and 5th in Piobaireachd at the Anne Arundel
Scottish Games on October 9th. Aaron received Above Grade Level designations on both of his
performances. Congratulations also to David Todd for his 3rd place in Novice Tenor Drumming. Also
congratulations to David, Aaron and the Greater Richmond Pipes & Drums for their 2nd place showing in the
Grade V Pipe Band Competition.
Congratulations to Brandon Wray, son of Barbara Gordon Wray,
who recently earned his 3rd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo!
Congratulations to Daniel Todd for his 69 foot 1 inch pumpkin
chunkin' throw at the Richmond Highland Games! Daniel's throw
earned him and the House of Gordon 2nd place in the event
topping his 3rd place toss of last year! Way to go Daniel!
Congratulations to Heather Gardner for her 3rd place in
Piobaireachd and 1st place in 2/4 March with an Above
Grade Level Designation in Grade IV Senior Competition at
Richmond!! Congratulations also to Aaron Todd for his 3rd place
in Piobaireachd in Grade IV Junior Competition at Richmond.
HOUSE OF GORDON BOASTS BOTH PIPERS OF THE DAY IN GRADE IV (SR & JR) AT WAXHAW!
Congratulations to Heather Gardner for her 1st place in Slow March with an Above Grade Level
Designation, 2nd Place in 2/4 March and 2nd Place in Piobaireachd in Grade IV Senior Competition
at the Waxhaw Highland Games in North Carolina on October 30th. Heather was named the Grade IV
Senior Piper of the Day! Heather also was part of the Charleston Police Pipes and
Drums Quartet which won 1st place in the quartet competition!! Congratulations to Aaron Todd for his 2nd
place in Slow March, 1st place in Piobaireachd (full tune) and 1st place in 2/4 March with an Above
Grade Level designation in Grade IV Junior Competition at the Waxhaw Highland Games in North
Carolina on October 30th. Aaron was named the Grade IV Junior Piper of the Day! (Too bad our North
Carolina group weren't present!)
Sallie Gordon's miniature bagpipes are now being featured by
Sleeping Dragon South! If you haven't seen her little pipes
check them out at her website, Celtic Granny. (Or check them
out at our Store) They make great tree ornaments or gift
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PIPER, AARON TODD 2004
EUSPBA GRADE IV JR PIOBAIREACHD GOLD MEDALIST
(see right) AND OVERALL GRAND CHAMPION!!
AARON HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY UPGRADED TO GRADE 3 LEVEL OF
COMPETITION FOR 2005. CONGRATULATIONS TO HEATHER GARDNER WHO
HAS ALSO BEEN UPGRADED TO GRADE 3 LEVEL OF COMPETITION FOR 2005!
Gordon's Crow About Success 2004!