DHMS Band and Dance Staff

Mr. Gregory Urban

Director of Bands

Mr. Gregory Urban is in his third year at Dunedin Highland Middle School. During his tenure the DHMS band and dance programs have blossomed. Both programs have almost tripled in size, even during the challenges of the pandemic.

Mr. Gregory Urban is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a bachelor's degree in music education. While at USF, he studied trombone with Tom Brantley and was a member of the symphonic band, wind ensemble, trombone choir, jazz ensemble, and Herd of Thunder marching band.

Mr. Urban has taught at Northeast high School, Coleman Middle School, Hollins High School, and Largo Middle School during his 19-year career. His bands have received numerous superior ratings, award, and even performed during the 2009 Presidential Inauguration Festival of Bands. Mr. Urban is an active member of the Florida Bandmasters Association, serving as a district officer and adjudicator of concert, jazz, and solo & ensemble music performance assessments. He has been nominated for and won several FBA awards, as well. He has been asked to clinic jazz and concert bands from around the state of Florida working in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando, Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Broward, Brevard, Manatee, Lake, and Osceola counties. In 2022, Mr. Urban was a quarter finalist for the Grammy Foundation Music Educator of the Year Award.

Mr. Iain Donaldson

Pipe Band Director

Mr. Donaldson is the Pipe Band Director at Dunedin High School, Dunedin Middle School, Director of Piping for the City of Dunedin, Director of Scottish Arts and Pipe Major of the Grade 1 City of Dunedin Pipe Band. Mr. Donaldson became Director of the Programs in 2011. Currently there are more than 250 students in the Dunedin Scottish Arts Programs and six Dunedin Pipe Bands.

He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the State University of NY Buffalo. Mr. Donaldson began piping at age ten, and enrolled in his first pipe band, Niagara District Pipe Band (Canada) at the Grade 2 level. Iain served with the 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band (Grade 1) in Toronto, Canada for 23 years, and was Pipe Sergeant for the last 5 years. The band achieved North American Champion, US Open Champion and Canadian Champion Supreme on numerous occasions, and in 1987, was crowned World Pipe Band Champions, making them the first overseas pipe band to win this title.

From 2005 to 2011 Iain played with The House of Edgar Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band, Scotland. During this time, he contributed to achieving British Champions, Cowal Champions, Champion of Champions and World Pipe Band Champions. Under Mr. Donaldson's direction, the DHS Grade 4 Pipe Band has earned the title of EUSPBA Champion in the State of Florida during the 2013 and 2014 competition season. In 2016, the City of Dunedin Grade 2 Pipe Band won the North American Championship in Canada. In 2017, the City of Dunedin Grade 2 Pipe Band won the American Championships in Virginia and 4th in the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2018 they won the American Championships in Virginia, North American Championship in Canada, and World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland and was awarded 2018 Pipe Band of the Year.

Mr. Donaldson received the 2018 Eastern United States Pipe Band Association President’s Award for outstanding achievements and contributions in bagpiping. In 2019, the Grade 2 Band was promoted to Grade 1 and competed in Georgetown, Ontario and Maxville, Ontario. The band won both of these contests and were crowned North American Champions at Glengarry Highland Games.

Mr. Eric MacNeill

Director of Scottish Drumming

Mr. MacNeill is one of the most accomplished American pipe band drummers in history. A native of New York, he was lead-drummer with Oran Mor from 2000 to 2012, helping to take the band from Grade 2 to Grade 1 over that time, including the band making the World's Grade 1 Final in 2011. After Oran Mor dissolved, he joined Grade 1 Simon Fraser University of Vancouver for four seasons.

Mr. MacNeill became the lead-drummer of the then Grade 2 City of Dunedin of Florida in 2016, where he is a full-time drumming instructor in the Gulf Coast town's extensive pipe band teaching system in the public schools. With Mr. MacNeill's help, the band won Grade 2 at the North American Championships at Maxville, Ontario, in 2016 and 2018, and a few days later, the same grade at the World Championships. The success catapulted City of Dunedin Grade 1, and the band won the North American Championships in 2019, with plans to compete at the Worlds in 2020 before the pandemic scuttled the event.

Mr. MacNeill has been a finalist in the World Solo Drumming Championships in 2018 and 2019. In addition to teaching throughout North America, he was president of the Easter United States Pipe Band Association from 2010 to 2014 and is a current EUSPBA Music Board Member.

Mrs. Lindsey Mallon

Director of Highland Dance

Mrs. Mallon is the director of Highland Dance at DHMS. She is also an instructor for the Isle of Skye Highland Dance School and Performance Group with students age 3 to adult. Mrs. Mallon is a former Champion Highland Dancer and certified instructor through the British Association of Teachers of Dance. She has a Master's Degree from the University of Florida.

Mrs. Mallon is an Executive Director of the Dunedin Scottish Arts Foundation and a member of the Federation of United States Teachers and Adjudicators and the British Association of Teachers of Dance. She organizes highland dance competitions including the Florida Open Highland Dancing Championships. Her students have qualified for and competed in the United States Inter-Regional Highland Dance Championship competition.

She has won many Open Championship competitions across the U.S.. She was the Eastern and Southeastern Champion, and ranked in the top six at the USIR Championship competition where she competed for 13 consecutive years. Mrs. Mallon also competed in the World Highland Dancing Championships in Cowal, Scotland. Mrs. Mallon has performed on the NBC Daytime Show, at Walt Disney World Orlando, with the City of Dunedin Grade 2 Pipe Band, and with the World Famous Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

Miss. Madison Poth

Director of Color Guard

Miss. Poth is a DHMS Highlander Band alumni and former member of the color guard. She is also a graduate of Dunedin High School, where she was Drum Major and Pipe Major for 2 years. In addition to performing with the school bands and color guard, Madison is an award winning Highland Dancer with Isle of Skye Highland Dancers, where she also assists with newer dancers and creates choreography for special performances.

Miss. Poth is also an accomplished piper. She performs with the City of Dunedin Grade 1 Pipe Band.

Scottish Drumming Assistants:

Mr. Gary Smith

Elizabeth "Lizzy" Gogola

Caleb Ruddock

Highland Dance Assistants:

Miss. Madison Poth

Fia Hoover

Bella Hoover