I was taught to play by Jim Currie at the Boys Brigade when I was 11 years old. I play both the Great Highland Bagpipes (Kintail's) and Scottish Smallpipes (Fred Morrison's).
In 1986 I was employed by the Scottish Office as the first Official Piper at Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness and was proud to play for the Loch Ness Monster (and visiting guests) at the castle. Yes, I was there, I saw Nessie and what a nice monster Nessie turned out to be!
I have competed at all major Pipe Band championships in the UK throughout the last 20 years and won many prizes in that time but I can proudly say my favourite prize was when my band won at Cowal Games. Most pipers in Scotland will tell you there is no greater prize for a band due to it's unique traditions.
I now focus all my time on my role as a Professional Piper and I have no restrictions on availability as I no longer attend competition or band events.
I wear the Drummond of Perth tartan and the cap badges I wear proudly are the RTR (Royal Tank Regiment), as my brother served with the 4RTR and the Gordon Highlanders cap badge as my Grandfather served in the 2nd Battalion during the Great War.