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About Me

I have been piping for more than 30 years and I currently enjoy teaching the pipes and playing in pipe bands. Over the course of my piping career I have performed for numerous special events including weddings, funerals, parties, concerts, dinners, pub crawls and just about any kind of event you can imagine.

Over the years I have also studied and learned to play some other folk instruments including the Scottish smallpipes, the Northumbrian smallpipes, and the Irish tin whistle.

Grade School Piping

I started to learn the bagpipes while I was cadet in the Civil Air Patrol in Brockton, MA. The CAP cadets had a pipe band largely because we were inspired by the US Air Force Pipe band. I decided to enlist as a cadet, and then marched in to the pipe band because it seemed like it would be fun. And it came the opportunity to travel and participate in parades and all kinds of special events. The band was a kid’s band and not really all that authentic. We played poorly-made instruments and wore home-made kilts or some that had been handed down a few generations. I liked the pipes okay, but at the time I never imagined it would become my life’s passion.

The CAP Pipe Band eventually became the Colonial Pipers Pipe Band, and we traveled to Toronto in 1975 to the Canadian Nation Exhibition’s World Scottish Festival. That’s where my career in piping career really began. I was 11 years old and that is where I first heard the bagpipes in all their glory. I saw people from all walks of life and at all ages playing the bagpipes, each wearing their own uniform and tartan. I was truly impressed, and I knew right then and there that the bagpipes were my calling. I got to hear the best pipers and the best pipe bands in the world at the time.

While at the CNE, I met an older gentleman bagpiper, whose name I don’t recall, but who was kind enough to set me down and tell me something about the pipes. He was a piper from Scotland who had played the pipes his entire life. He recognized that I was a piper to be and he gave me a good lecture on how to be a piper. He told me that I needed a quality instrument and a qualified piping instructor. That piper really made a lasting impression on me and when I returned from Canada, I immediately bought an authentic Scottish made bagpipe and sought out professional instruction on the bagpipes.

My first professional instructor was the late Archibald MacLeod of Woburn, MA. For a few years I would attend bagpipes lessons every Sunday at Mr. MacLeod’s house. After a lot of hard work, I was able to join the Stuart Highlanders Pipe Band. I played in the Stuart Highlanders for about a year before I met my next piping mentor. The late Giovanni Ferro became my instructor for the next stage of my piping career.

Pipe Band Practice

I was one of the founding members of the Castle Island Pipe Band of South Boston. We were a competition pipe band that went on for several years, and successfully competed up through the ranks to a winning Grade 3 Pipe band (Grade 1 is the best; Grade 5 is the novice level).

During my Castle Island Pipe Band days, I also studied piping under the Late Pipe Major Hamilton Workman, who was a world-renowned piper and adjudicator. He was a Pipe Major in the British Army at one time and he was a fantastic teacher and piper.

After the Castle Island Pipe Band, I joined the Worcester Kiltie Pipe Band and played in the junior band form many years under the late Pipe Major Blair Kerr. We were an extremely successful juvenile pipe band that won just about every contest we entered in the US and Canada. I was also competing as a solo piper at this time. I was very successful in the competition circuit and I was able to climb the solo ranks from Grade 4 piper to Grade 1 piper, the highest amateur level of solo piping competition.

While in the Worcester Kiltie Pipe Band, I studied piping with Blair Kerr, Leslie (Patterson) Webster and the Iain Massie.

Iain Massie has by far been the most important piping influence of my career. Iain was a piper in the famous Royal Scots Dragoon Guards before he emmigrated from Scotland. With Iain Massie, I became one of the founding members of the Boston Pipers Society, a club of piping enthusiast who enjoyed playing pipes and performances of the highest level. The Boston Pipers Society under Iain Massie was enlisted to perform many high profile events and performances including live performances with The Boston Pops under John Williams and Keith Lockhart. We are featured on both the Pops “Britannia” and “Celtic” albums, playing “Scotland the Brave” with the Pops.

The Boston Pipers Society eventually rolled over into the Worcester Kiltie Pipe Band, which achieved great success on the Pipe Band Competition circuit as a Grade 2 pipe Band. We competed successfully throughout Canada and the USA and were one on the top rated Grade 2 Pipe Bands at the time.

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