I have been involved with music and in particular Pipe Bands from an early age having started learning the Highland Bagpipe in Bendigo in 1986 when aged 10.
I was fortunate enough to initially be tutored by David Suters, who was a very competent piper with St Marys in the 70’s and 80’s. Under his excellent tutorage I was up on pipes within 12 months and playing with the full pipe band within 18 months.
From there I played with Golden City Pipe Band in Grade 3 for several years playing 2 Australian Championships with the band in 1992 and 1994. I also completed my VCE on Bagpipes during 1993.
From here I moved to Melbourne where I played and competed with City of Footscray and City of Melbourne Pipe Bands.
In 2006 I was invited back to play with Golden City Pipe Band for the season which resulted in a win at the New Zealand Championships that year
2011 saw my return to Victoria and again was invited back to Golden City Pipe Band as playing tutor. This was an exciting time as the band had not competed for several years and it was the challenge I had been looking for to not only develop my band and people management skills, but my own piping and musical skills.
Daylesford Highland Gathering in 2011. having only been back with the band for 3 weeks, saw Golden City Pipe Band place 2nd in Grade 4 at their first contest in nearly 2 years. This was a great achievement for the band, however, this was only the first stage of the season.
Throughout the rest of the contest season, the band was never out of the placings and were placed 1st in Piping on several occasions with wins at Geelong and Ringwood.
Under my tutorage, Golden City Pipe Band placed 2nd at the Australian Championships by 2 points, again being placed 1st in Medley piping at the event.
2015/16 sees me as a playing member of Victoria Scottish Pipes and Drums.
My passion for pipe bands and pipe music see me providing my services on a casual basis to weddings, funerals and special occasions where the need arises. I also see the need to formalise tuition for learners to the point where technique, appreciation and above all enjoyment is experienced by everyone involved.
I believe parents need to be involved from the start so they can appreciate and be involved in the whole experience of the pipe band environment. By being involved, it encourages the learners and even more experienced players to keep practising and see the Pipe Band as an enjoyable and fulfilling place to be.
I believe that my tutoring and management style is one that would not be overwhelming and intimidating for a youth band. My style is that of encouragement, enjoyment and above all playing music correctly.
The Highland Bagpipe and Pipe Bands in general have been a big part of my life and will continue to be so, and any knowledge or influence I can have on the new generation of piping would amount in a great deal of pride and satisfaction
I look forward to hearing from you soon and should you require any further information from me please do not hesitate to contact me.