I am excited to return to band, serving as the playing instructor of GRPD'S grade 5 unit. I previously served as pipe major of the grade 3 (then grade 4) unit from 2002 to 2007, and as pipe sergeant of the Grade 3 unit from 2007 until 2012.
My previous bands include St. Andrews Presbyterian College Pipe Band, City of Washington, Oran Mor, The 78th Frasers, and Peel Regional Police. In addition to serving as GRPD Grade 5 instructor, I also play with MacMillan Pipe Band's Grade 2 unit.
In addition to band work, I also compete in solos. At the end of 2015, I was promoted to the Professional Piping Grade in both the PPBSO and the EUSPBA. I also hope to compete in professional solos in Scotland for the first time in 2017 when I fly over for The World Pipe Band Championships. I also plan on competing at The Scottish Piping Society of London contest November 2017.
Since 2004, John Cairns has been and continues to be my instructor for both light music and piobaireachd. He is a former pipe sergent of The 78th Frasers and current pipe major of Peel Regional Police. His method of teaching really speaks to me as a musician and it is through his guidance that I have entered the professional ranks.
With almost 26 years of playing experience and 15 years of teaching experience, I am available to teach piping to both bands and individuals who currently compete in solos or aspire to enter the world of solo competing. I teach beginners as well as current competing solos up to and including grade 1.
Because learning and passing on the knowledge is a huge part of my teaching ethic, I hold The Institute of Piping's (IOP) Senior, Graduate, and Performers Certificates. Since earning these certificates, the IOP has been amalgamated into the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board (PDQB), which is now part of the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). These certificates are equal to the PDQB's Level 5, Level 6, and Performer Certificates. Because I had to put my plans on hold, I plan to resume completion of the requirement to earn the PDQB's Teacher Certificate in 2017.