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Hal Senyk is a veteran piper and pipe major on the West Coast since the 1970's. He received his initial piping instruction in Montreal, then moved to Victoria in the early 1960's. Having played for the Canadian Scottish Regiment until 1971, Hal then went to live in Scotland and played with the legendary Muirhead & Sons Pipe Band, 5 time World Champion Grade 1. On Hal's return to the BC in 1972, he joined up with the fledgling Triumph Street Pipe Band, at that time a group of graduating Juvenile age players who held high ambitions. Over the next 20 years, Hal served as Pipe Major of the band for most of that time, as the newly formed band established itself as one of the premier Grade 1 bands in North America and the world.
After Hal's retirement from the band in the early 1990's, he played with the Abbotsford and Maple Ridge (New Westminster Police) bands, and has since become one of the assistant instructors with the White Spot (juvenile) band.
Hal was also a successful solo competitor for many years, having won many professional prizes in light music and piobaireachd. He was the first Canadian to win a major prize in Scotland, winning the March competition in Inverness in 1972, helping to set the stage for more Canadians to make their mark on the Scottish piping scene.
Hal has been an active teacher and adjudicator for many years, a director of the BCPA, and remains an ardent "professional student" of the music. In recent years, he has happily rejoined his alma mater, DTSPB, in an assistant role.