A brief history....
I have played the pipes and been involved in Pipe Bands since
the age of 8. I learned with the 47th Culter Boys Brigade in
Aberdeen, Scotland being taught by just wondrous tutors -
the late great Sandy Robertson, the late Stuart Reid along with his son Mike,
Willie and Janice Easton...to name just a few.
I progressed through the Novice and Juvenile bands, assisting in a couple of World Championship victories on the way, into the Grade 2 Culter and District by the age of 15.
I then helped to form the Grade 3 band Deeside Caledonia
where I was Pipe Sergeant at age 16. I remained there for 5 years winning numerous North of Scotland Champions honours before moving to Edinburgh and joining the legendary House of Edgar Shotts and Dykehead.
I went through my biggest learning curve ever as a piper in this famous band, and soon enjoyed scooping major honours in 4 seasons from 2002 and 2005, including 2 World Championships and a Champion of Champions. At the end of 2005 I hopped on a plane to Australia to play for City of Blacktown
on an exchange program.
Here I won the NSW State Light Music Championships within 2 weeks of stepping off the plane, played a big part in assisting all 3 bands at Blacktown, took part in the World Championships in Glasgow in 2006 and also participated in a number of recitals in the Sydney area. I met some wonderful people here - most notably my partner, with whom I moved to New Zealand in 2006 where I have remained since.
I became Pipe Major of City of Wellington shortly after and carried on this challenging role for 2 years. I have since moved into various tutoring roles and am now the Pipe Major of the Red Hackle
band in Tawa, where we now have a Grade 4 and Grade 2 band operating.
I was fortunate and privileged to be asked to tutor at the South Coast Piper Drummer workshop in Warnambool, Victoria in 2006. This is a fantastic workshop run by great people of the Warnambool Pipe Band
and has featured some magnificent names in the pipe band world such as Bob Worral, Jori Chisholm, Ian Lyons and James Laughlin.
I have been back twice more since then and hope to return there again in the future.
In New Zealand I most recently won the Comunn na Piobaireachd
Gold Medal in 2011, my proudest achievement on the solo circuit.
I have been a tutor at the highly regarded RNZPBA Summer School in Christchurch each year since 2009. This has been run by the legends that are Jack Lee
and J.Reid Maxwell for a number of years and it really is an honour to be involved with this school.
I am lead pipe tutor for the Central North Island Youth Band and am also involved locally with the Wellington Hawkes Bay Centre education program,and of course, with teaching privately.
I have also judged at numerous contests throughout New Zealand including Palmerston North Square Day, Dunedin Octagonal Day,Victoria Square Day and the Central North Island Centre Contest to name a few.
Equipment I use...
I currently play a set of 1880 Ebony MacDougall Pipes, Begg sheepskin bag, water trap with Trap Dri, Ezeedrone reeds Naill
Chanter with a Shepherd Reed
. I also play a beautiful set of Silver and imitation ivory Naills in the band with Begg bag, simple water trap and various drones!
Please now enjoy this performance of the SFU at the Worlds 2017 where I was very proud to play 'up the front'!