I have been piping since 1985. Over the years I have been fortunate to have met many wonderful Pipers who helped me get to the level I am at today. Piping Contests have been a major part of my musical journey and fortunately it has taken me all over North America. In those Competitions I have collected numerous medals and trophies from the lowest to highest levels of Piping both in bands and solo.
In 1985 I began taking practice chanter lessons from Fraser Sime (Stonewall, Manitoba) who at the time played with the Stirling Centennial Pipe Band - a grade 1 band. He taught me each Wednesday for 2 years on the practice chanter and then convinced me to go to a music camp at the International Peace Gardens in the summer of 1987.
At the Peace Gardens I met Tommy Thompson (formerly of Shotts & Dykehead - Scotland / Centennial PB) and Bill MacLeod (formerly played with Queens Own Cameron Highlanders / Stirling PB). At the end of the Piping camp, they invited me to come and play with their pipe band in Winnipeg. With that invite, I started playing with the Stirling Centennial PB Grade 4 pipe band. I entered my first solo competition in 1989 at the Selkirk Highland Games and placed 2nd in Grade 4 much to my surprise.
Unfortunately in 1994 the Stirling Centennial PB separated and I went with the younger group to form a new band called Glenaura Pipes and Drums. The new group became my new family and for many years we traveled all over to Pipe Band contests. The band worked its way into Grade 3 and occasionally placed in Grade 2 in quartets and mini-bands.
In 1998 I was invited to play with the Winnipeg Police Pipe Band. The timing was perfect since I had already decided that new challenges and direction would be best. The Police PB was respected as a show band that represented the city and province while traveling all over North America. Not only did I enjoy Piping with these guys, but I eventually landed a job with a local business because of my new contacts.
While I enjoyed playing with the Police, competition was still in my blood. I decided to try out for the new up-and-coming Winnipeg Celtic Pipe Band. Immediately I was taken in by the group and we began to do very well in Grade 3 and occasionally in Grade 2.
I have continued to play with the Winnipeg Police Pipe Band, more recently taking a bigger part in marketing the band. We travel often and entertain people all over North America.
PIPE BAND HISTORY
Stirling Centennial Pipe Band 1987 - 1990
Glenaura Pipe Band 1990 – 1999
Winnipeg Police Pipe Band 1998 – present
Winnipeg Celtic Pipe Band 2001 - 2007