I started as a tenor drummer
I first learnt to play the bagpipes under the tutelage of Bobby Barrie in Ballykeel Black Watch Pipe Band. This band no longer took part in competitions and so I eventually changed to Ballynahinch Pipe Band. My grandfather had been a side drummer in this band and so it felt like a good move in my pipe band career!
But as a learner piper it was too big of a jump to compete straight away on the bagpipes. So, while I was practising my piping, I also competed with Ballynahinch playing the tenor drum. My time in the drum corps served me well and was a great introduction to pipe band contests. When I finally made my first outing as a piper, I was well versed in the competitive pipe band world.
My experience in both sections of the pipe band has made me a well-rounded player and also given me a passion for both elements of pipe band music. This passion is captured in the dynamic nature of my jewellery and I hope that both pipers and drummers will find something of interest at The Silver Piper.
The Silver Piper