Shona McFarland

Snare Drummer

Shona commenced learning the Tenor Drum with HNV in 2012.

Shona's first band performance was on Anzac Day 2013. Other HNV band experiences include; in 2015,winning the Juvenile NSW State Championships, & being Grade 3 runners up at the South East Asia Champs. That year she also won both the ‘C’ & ‘D’ NSW State Solo Championships, in Tenor Drumming.

When she started high school she become a boarder at Scots PGC Warwick in Queensland.  Whilst at school Shona changed to snare drum under tutor Alexander Manfield. In 2018 their band placed the European Championships, in Novice Juvenile B Grade. 

​Shona’s mum, Sally (also a piper in our #1 band),  mentioned to Shona our advert seeking snare drummers for the #1 band, and Shona decided she would like the challenge. Shona also plays the piano, guitar, rugby 7s & swims.


So we look forward to welcoming Shona back to her next contest with GMM on the 31st March 2019 as part of our snare line in the #1 band.

Talia Simmers

Tenor Drummer

Talia joined the GMM in March 2019.

She is student at the Scots Warwick School band and saw our advert for new Grade 3 players.

Talia's first contest was on the 31st March 2019 in Sydney.

Pipe Band highlight: Playing at the European Championships in Scotland 2018

The picture is of Talia playing with Scots PCG at Menin Gate, which so far in her pipe band life is one of her favourite moments next to playing with her school pipe band at the European Champiosnships in 2018.  GMM are hoping that we can add to her list of favourite or memorable performances

Michael Smith

Lead Tenor Drummer

Michael joined the Hawkesbury City Pipe Band in 2008.

He had previously been a member of the G4 band at the City of Blacktown Pipe Band and came the Hawkesbury City Pipe Band at the start of the rejuvenation period.

Michael has been our Sydney based Lead Tenor from 2008 - Present . He also plays the snare drummer and is often seen playing this instrument at engagements and concerts if required.

Michael played Bass for the juvenile band until 2013 and has taught Tenor, Bass and Snare drumming throughout the years.

Michael has been bandsmen of the year on several occasions and has been a past member of our business Management Team.

Michael enters Solo competitions regularly with winning results such as; State championships in  Bass and Tenor Drumming and also was the Inaugural Australasian Young Tenor Drummer of the year in 2011 and the 2017/18 Australia B Grade Tenor Drum Champion.

Michael spent from May 2019 - November 2019 in Scotland honing his skills and playing at the World Championships Solo's as the recipricant of the BBM scholarship award. He competed in Grade 2 with Manor Cunningham who came 7th and the Worlds with a 4th in drumming.

Makkie Tan

Tenor Drummer

Makkie first played with Hawkesbury Nepean Valley Pipe Band at the 2014 Australian Championship when the band won G4.

Makkie lives in Hong Kong and like her husband Tony Ma is one of our long distance members.

Domonic Strudwick-Anderson

Drum Major & Bass Drummer

Domonic is based in Caanberra ACT.

In competition he is seen playing the bass Drum.  But for parades and necessary perfomances he is our Drum major he has won the Ausralian Championships for Drum Majoring in 2014.


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