Darrell Calvillo is an open class solo competitor, band leader, Western United States Pipe Band Association Adjudicator, musical arranger, studio musician, educator, and proprietor of DC Music with over twenty years of professional experience in the music industry. He is a member of Celtic/World band Silent Planet and also performs as a guest artist with various bands and ensembles such as The Chieftains, Breabach, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and the Blue Man Group. In the realm of competition pipe bands, Darrell is currently a member of the Prince Charles Pipe Band of San Francisco and has previously competed with competition bands in every grade. In the entertainment industry, Darrell has recently has been featured in recordings and filmings for Amazon, Budweiser, California Sound, Capitol Records, Comedy Central, Guinness, CBS, E!, Paramount, and TLC.
The passion with making music started for Darrell at age nine when he first learned violin at school. During middle school and high school he performed with the Citrus College Summer Youth Orchestra and Claremont Youth Orchestra. Inspired by Riverdance and Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance, Darrell became interested in Celtic music. While in 8th grade, Darrell began to learn how to play the pipes with the Glendora High School Pipe Band, receiving formal instruction from Jeffrey Henderson and Colin Armstrong. During his high school years with the Glendora High School Pipe Band, Darrell began to compete in solo competitions, ascending to the Grade 1 level.
After high school, Darrell attended Citrus College to study music theory and performance. At Citrus College he began to learn baritone saxophone and performed in various school groups, including the Sierra Wind Symphony, big band, and Latin (salsa and cumbia) ensemble. Darrell transferred to the University of La Verne and earned his Bachelors Degree in Music. These musical foundations in combination with tutelage of pipers Murray Henderson, Ian Whitelaw, Seumas Coyne, and Scott Ruscoe have gifted Darrell with extensive experience in western classical music with specialization in the Celtic genre. For well over a decade Darrell has been a professional music educator, instructing and mentoring individual students, competition and performance bands.
Western United States Pipe Band Association Grade 2 Band Champion 2008-2010 , 2015-2018.
Las Vegas Highland Games 2013 Champion
Los Angeles Police Commission Distinguished Service Medal
Western United States Pipe Band Association 2012 Professional Piping Champion
United Scottish Society 2012 Champion
Alaskan Scottish Highland Games 2010 Champion
Seaside Highland Games 2006 Champion
Queen Mary Scottish Festival 2006 Champion