Jon Shell has piped for celebrities such as Rod Stewart, Mrs. Bing Crosby, Kathy Lee Gifford, Bob Hope, Michael Jordan, Pat Boone, Jose Ferrar, Elizabeth Taylor and John Warner among others. The Biltmore House, Pinehurst, Spoleto and the Bing Crosby Golf Tournament are among the places he has performed in addition to two World's Fairs. He has appeared on national television on the Turner South Network on Liars and Legends, Portrait of America and other programs.
Jon started piping in 1977 at age 12 with Timmy Krintz and Harvey Ritch, both members, at the time, with the Grandfather Mountain Highlanders.
He received instruction from Sandy Jones and John MacFayden at the North American Academy of Piping. He also was taught by Duncan MacFayden, Hamilton Workman, Captain John A. MacLellan, Ed Krintz and Roddy MacDonald. Clearly, private lessons with Pipe Major Sandy Jones were the secret to his piping success.
He has won piping contests in EUSPBA sanctioned games throughout the east coast, in grade 2 and 1, as both the Champion of Champions and runner up for several years running. Jon has won major events including the MacCrimmon Quaich and countless Piper of the Day trophies. Jon won a full scholarship to Belhaven College for his piping. Jon has been the Pipe Sergeant of the Grandfather Mountain Highlanders, who just won the 2011 Champion of Champions Grade 4 Pipe Band in the EUSPBA. He was also the Pipe Sergeant of the band when they won Champion of Champions in Grade 2 in 1986.
Jon also helped lead the Grandfather band to compete in the World Pipe Band Championships, where the band won their qualifier in 2010. While the band didn't win the final, the band went on to place among the top 11 in the World in gr 4.
He currently plays with the St. Andrews University Pipe Band as a guest piper, teaches private piping lessons and piping at the North American Academy of Piping and Drumming during the summers. Jon is also a full-time public school teacher at Keenburg Elementary School.
Ben Pollard (Bagpipes),
Will Clark (Bagpipes),
Zoe Shell (Tenor Drum),
Jared Mays (Scottish Snare)