Olav started his playing career at the age of nine when he joined his local band The Dronten & District Pipe Band in Holland. Competing at Grade 4 Olav quickly became an established member of the Drum Corps, winning several Dutch Championships. Olav also competed in the solo competitions throughout Europe and immediately became a regular prize winner.
In 1992 Olav moved to Brussels, Belgium where he joined one of the leading pipe bands, the Antwerp & District Pipe Band. After competing with the band for one season, at the age of 16, Olav became the leading drummer, the youngest in mainland Europe at the time. Under Olav’s leadership the band won numerous Dutch and Belgian titles and was regularly placed during competitions in England and Scotland. Olav continued his solo career, winning Danish, German, Dutch and Belgian titles along the way. In 1996 Olav moved back to Holland where he joined the Beatrix Pipe Band. Here he played for several seasons, continuing his winning streak with several Dutch, Belgian and British titles.
In 1998 Olav was presented with the opportunity to fulfil his lifelong dream to play in Grade 1 in Scotland when he was approached by Leading Drummer Arthur Cook to join his drum corps at the famous Polkemmet Pipe Band. After finishing his education Olav moved to Glasgow and quickly settled in the corps as a valued member. Olav continued his solo competition career and was regularly placed at the Lothian & Borders branch competitions.
In 2000 Olav, along with the rest of the Polkemmet Drum Corps, moved to the Lothian & Border Police Pipe Band in Edinburgh. In their first year Olav and the band competed in Grade 2. During this season the band competed 16 times with the drum corps and won the Drumming on 15 occasions. This included the “Grand Slam” – winning the drumming at all the Major Championships!
In 2005 Olav joined the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band in Glasgow under the leadership of Leading Drummer, Eric Ward. With the band and drum corps he won numerous “Major Championships”. Olav continued his progression in his solo drumming career making the World Solo Drumming Final in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
In 2009 Olav moved to the world renowned Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band, under the leadership of Leading Drummer Gordon Brown. Alongside Gordon, Olav teaches the Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia Juvenile Pipe Band.
In April 2011 Olav will be moving to Adelaide, South Australia where he will take up the position of Leading Drummer at the City of Adelaide Pipe Band – Grade 2. Olav is looking to build a solid drum corps and work with Pipe Major Brett Tidswell and Pipe Sergeant Andrew Fuller to elevate the band to Grade 1. Olav will continue to play at Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia during the “Scottish Summer”.
Some of Olav’s achievements to date:
2000 Scottish Drumming Champion (Grade 2) – Lothian & Borders Police Pipe Band
2000 British Drumming Champion (Grade 2) – Lothian & Borders Police Pipe Band
2000 Europe Drumming Champion (Grade 2) – Lothian & Borders Police Pipe Band
2000 World Drumming Champion (Grade 2) – Lothian & Borders Police Pipe Band
2000 Cowal Drumming Champion (Grade 2) – Lothian & Borders Police Pipe Band
2005 World Solo Drumming Finalist
2006 European Pipe Band Champion – Strathclyde Police Pipe Band
2006 World Champion Drumming – Medley – Strathclyde Police
2006 Cowal Pipe Band Champion – Strathclyde Police Pipe Band
2006 Cowal Drumming Champion – Strathclyde Police Pipe Band
2006 World Solo Drumming Finalist
2007 Scottish Pipe Band Champion – Strathclyde Police Pipe Band
2007 European Drumming Champion – Strathclyde Police Pipe Band
2007 World Solo Drumming Finalist
2010 British Drumming Champion – Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band
2010 Cowal Pipe Band Champion – Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band
2010 Cowal Drumming Champion – Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band
2010 Champion of Champion Drumming – Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band
These details were last updated on February 15, 2011