I was born in Laurencekirk and have been playing the pipes since the age of 8.  I enlisted into the Army in 1978, as a junior piper and joined the Drums and Pipes of The Gordon Highlanders in 1980.   I was appointed Pipe Major of the Gordon Highlanders from 1990 – 1994 and then went on to carry out several Pipe Major appointments including the Pipe Major of the Highlanders and the Warrant Officer Class One Senior Pipe Major at the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming.

I was commissioned to Captain in 2002 and was appointed the Director of the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming in April 2003.  During this time I was also responsible for coordinating the musical programme and display for the Massed Pipes and Drums at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. 

I have also been successful on the solo piping circuit over the years, winning the Silver Medal at the Argyllshire Gathering in 1988 and being placed second in the Gold Medal in both Inverness and Oban in 1995 and 1998 respectively.

I completed my military service in April 2008 having served 30 years and was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June that year.  I continue to be involved with Massed Pipes and Drums and I am currently appointed the Director of Massed Pipes and Drums for the Basel Tattoo in Switzerland and the Berlin Tattoo in Germany which take place annually in July and November respectively.

Since leaving the Army I have been teaching part time at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow, instructing students of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) doing the BA Scottish Music (Piping) Degree. I also assist The National Piping Centre teaching on their overseas piping courses.

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