Our judge and Featured Performer is Keith Paton.Keith is originally from Kansas City, Missouri where he began his piping studies at the age of eight with his father, Iain MacDonald Paton. Later, he studied with Roddy MacDonald, Delaware; John Wilson, Toronto; and both John MacFadyen and Seumas MacNeill in Scotland.
As a teenager Keith became Pipe Major of his local band, the Kansas City St. Andrew Pipe Band. Under his leadership the band earned a second place prize in Grade 2 at the Canadian National Exposition in Toronto, among many other accomplishments.
Since moving to Seattle in 1994, Keith has been active in the Pacific Northwest piping community. From 1997 to 1999 he played with the Abbotsford Police Pipe Band, competing with the band twice in Grade 1 at the World Pipe Band Championships. Subsequently he joined the World Champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band playing with the band from 2000 to 2006 and then again from 2010 to 2014. Keith retired from SFU after the 2014 season.
Keith is an approved adjudicator with the British Columbia Pipers' Association. He is an active adjudicator at piping competitions throughout the Pacific Northwest and serves on the BCPA grading committee. In real life, Keith is a teacher and administrator at Highline College in Des Moines, WA.