Barry Gray

Pipe Major / President

Barry joined the near defunct Hawkesbury City Pipe Band in 2008 as tutor.

He became Pipe Major of the Hawkesbury Nepean Valley Pipe Band in 2012.

Previousley he was Pipe Major of the City of Blacktown Pipe Band from 1984- 2007 having joined the band in 1977, after leaving the Parramatta Police & Citizens Boys Club Pipe Band where he was a member from 1972 and Pipe Major from 1974.

He was Pipe Major of the Paramatta Police & Citizens Boys Club Pipe Band when they won the Australia Juvenile Championships in 1976 in Adelaide. Pipe Sergeant of the City of Blacktown Pipe Band when they won the G2 Australian Championships in Melbourne in 1982. And Pipe Major of the Hawkesbury Nepean Valley Pipe Band when they won the Australia  G4 Championships in Ballarat in 2014.

He was member of the world famous Dysart & Dundonald Pipe Band in 1986 (under PM R.T.Shepherd) and in 1994 (under PM Davy Barnes). He took extensive lessons from     Duncan Johnstone in 1986 and has been on the Australian Adjudication Panel since 1984.

He has been a guest players with NZ Police (2008) & Police Scotland Fife (2009) in Grade 1 and Manawatu Scottish Association NZ in G2 (2011).

He teaches extensively throughout Asia and runs workshops, tutorials and has done recitals in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong.  He was the tutor of the Malaysian Sikh Pipe Band when they toured Scotland in 2015 where the qualified for the 4B World finals.

       Barry is a fulltime bagpipe teacher and performer and with his wife Elizabeth they run                                  Pipers of Distinction, The Sydney School of Piping & Drumming,                          A Highland Wedding Kilt Hire and Berlsa Trading - Celtic Sales.

Barry plays a fully mounted 1921 sterling silver set of Henry Stark bagpipes that were given to him by his original tutor and friend Chief Inspector Rod Parker (retired).

Hugh Rowan

Pipe Sergeant

Hugh joined the Hawkesbury Nepean Valley Pipe Band in 2014.

                           He has previously played in the:                                                               City of Bankstown Pipe Band,                                                                     Sydney Thistle 1972- 76,                                                          The St Mary's District Band Club 1976 - 1996,                                        City of Blacktown Pipe Band  2004- 2012,                        LCC Southern Cross 2012- 2014.

                       Hugh plays a set of 1955 Henderson's &                           a 1915's set on James Centre's made in Melbourne

Lachlan Wiggins

Pipe Corporal

Lachlan commenced learning with the Sydney School Piping & Drumming and began his involvement with the Hawkesbury Nepean Valley Pipe Band through its tutorial programme in 2011.


Lachlan quickly rose through the Juvenile band and the Grade 4 band to become a member of the #1 band in 2015 and Pipe Corporal in 2016. Since 2015 he has been the Lead Piper of our Juvenile band.


He is a regular competitor in solo competition and plays an Ivory & Sterling Silver set of 1903 Lawries.

Riordan Drake

Pipe Corporal

Riordan commenced learning with the band through the Sydney School of Piping & Drumming programme in 2009.

He became a member of the #1 band in 2014.

 He has been a guest player with the G2 Manawatu in NZ in 2014 as part of the bands annual exchange programme.


He also guested with the Lion City Pipe Band , Singapore at a contest in Kuala Lumpur in 2018.

He is a Manager at Big W Retail store in Katoomba, NSW

      Riordan plays a set of Shepherd Bagpipes which he won at the      pre worlds Boghall & Bathgate concert in 2012.

James Dey

Piper

James joined the Hawkesbury Nepean Valley Pipe Band in 2015. He commenced learning at the Knox Grammar School in 2012 and started lessons with the Sydney School of Piping & Drumming in 2013.

     James was only with the band a few months before taking a gap year and working at a  school in Manchester, England.

When he returned from his gap year, he had a other three months with the band before leaving on a 10 month trip doing Quest Africa Mens Core 2017.  You can see what James "got up to"  here: https://youtu.be/tvvzKnd-8qA

           James has just returned to Australia in September 2017,            and we are very pleased to have him back with the band.

In James's final year at Knox Grammar he was appointed Pipe Sergeant.

James plays a set of Wallace Bagpipes.

Frasier Evans

Piper

Frasier joined the Hawkesbury Nepean Valley Pipe Band in December 2015, after commencing lessons the Sydney School of Piping & Drumming.

He attended Knox Grammar School and in his final year, he served as Pipe Sergeant of the Band and as a cadet in the Signals Platoon.

Frasier has been on tour to the UK with the Knox Pipe Band in 2013 and 2016 and to the New Zealand National Pipe Band Championships in 2015 and 2017 with the Knox No. 1 Competition Band.

Whilst on tour in the UK in 2016 with the Knox Pipe Band, he was the Champion U/18 Juvenile solo piper at the Corby Highland Games and also won the Most Promising Juvenile Piper Cup.


He also plays French Horn and toured China with the school’s Symphony Orchestra in 2015, playing at many prestigious venues with the orchestra, as well as piping at each venue, either as part of the performance or ahead of the performance to draw in crowds. The most memorable location he played at during the tour was on top of the Great Wall.

Frasier plays a set of Wallace Bagpipes.

Frasier took a break from the band from May 2018 - Feb 2019 whilst he toured America, Europe and the UK. We were pleased to welcome him back and hear of his extensive travels.

Tony Ma

Piper

Tony joined the Hawkesbury Nepean Valley Pipe Band in 2015 when they competed in Singapore.

He resides in Hong Kong and is another of our long distance programme members, along with his wife Makkie, who plays in the mid section.

He is the Pipe Major of the Oriental Pipes & Drums as well as the Officer in charge of the Civil Aid Service Pipe Band who won the G4 contest in Kuala Lumper in 2017.

Tony was instrumental in arranging a workshop in Hong Kong through the Sydney School of Piping & Drumming which saw some 16 students obtain the Australian Pipe Band College Preliminary certificate and 8 pipers awarded the Elementary Certificate.

Tony plays a set of Stuart Liddell MacRae Bagpipes.

Sally-Ann McFarland

Piper

Sally-Ann joined the Hawkesbury City Pipe Band at the rejuvenation period in 2008. 


Sally-Ann was born in Perth, Scotland and had previously played with; 

Morrison's Academy Pipe Band, Gleneagles Strathearn Pipe Band, Scottish Gas Caledonia Pipe Band, & Lothian & Borders Police Pipe Band before moving to Australia in 2000. Before joining HNV (now GMM) Sally played in the City of Blacktown Grade 1 band.

Sally-Ann's twins Ewan (a piper) and Shona (a Tenor drummer) have come through the Sydney School of Piping & Drumming programme and competed with our Juvenile and G4 band before becoming boarders at the Scots School Warwick, Qld. They both currently compete with our band as "guest players" when school commitments allow

Sally-Ann live in Narrabri, NSW some 6 hours out of Sydney. She is a stalwart member of our band it can be seen at nearly all contest and major performances that we are a part of.

Sally-Ann plays a set of Tweedie bagpipes.

Jonno McIntyre

Sound Man

Jonno joined the GMM Pipe Band in 2017.

Jonno has been the Pipe Tutor at Scotch College Adelaide since 2007. During this time he has successfully completed 4 overseas trips, and many interstate tours with the school while supporting the School's Community.


Jonno has played as a guest player with The Pipe Band Club G1, Federation University G3, University of Ballarat G2, Worcester Kiltie (MA, USA) G2 and The City of Whitehorse G1. 

Jonno plays a 2015 Silver and Ivory George Shepherd Temple

Lachlan Micati

Piper

Lachlan joined the Hawkesbury City Pipe Band in 2009.


He commenced learning with the Sydney School Piping & Drumming in 2004 and joined the the City of Blacktown Pipe Band some 6 months later. Lachlan was a member of the Grade 4 Pipe Band for a number of years.

He quickly rose through the Juvenile band and the Grade 4 band to become a member of the No.1 band in 2010 and Pipe Sergeant in 2011 - 2016.


In 2010 Lachlan travelled overseas with the Juvenile Band and played in numerous competitions as the Juvenile Pipe Major as well as aslo competing at the World Pipe Band Championships in Grade 4 as the Pipe Sergeant.


Lachlan has taken the #1 Band out on numerous occasions as acting Pipe Major and lead the band when it won the NSW States G3 Championship in 2015.

  Lachlan is also a regular performer for John Farnham around      Australia working with Pipers of Distinction.

    Lachlan is a regular competitor in solo competition in B Grade solos and plays a set of David McPherson Bagpipes.

Lachlan is a serving Officer in the NSW Police Force.

Will Petro

Piper

                   Will commenced learning the pipes in 2007                             at the Knox Grammar School.

                                  He started lessons with the                                        Sydney School of Piping & Drumming in 2012.

Upon completing school in 2016, Will joined the Hawkesbury Nepean Valley Pipe Band.  In his final year at school, Will was the Pipe Major of the Knox Grammar School Pipe Band and lead the band on their UK tour that year. 

Will is a regular competitor in solo competition having won many major contest throughout NSW, in D, C and now B Grade.

Will is currently studying at Macquarie University a double degree in Law and Accounting

Will lead GMM as the acting Pipe Major onto the contest arena at the Worlds Championships in 2017. He was also a founding member of the Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band.

Will plays a set of 2007 Ivory and Sterling Silver Bagpipe made by Robert Pearce of  Glenallan Bagpipes based on a 1932 set of Henderson's.

Jamie Robinson

Piper

                                       Jamie joined the                                       Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band in 2017.

​Jamie has been playing pipes for approximately 37 years, having learnt at Scotch College in WA where he then later played with Perth Highland (and was Secretary between 1990 and 1996), before moving to NSW and joining City of Blacktown #2 Pipe Band where he was the lead piper and also Secretary.

            During his time with City of Blacktown No.2 the band                                was successful at amongst others winning the                     Palmerston North (Grade 3) and also on one occasion one the NSW Grade 2 State Championship.  

Jamie has also competed at the world Championships in 2006 with the City of Blacktown and various other international events, including the Jakarta Highland Gathering and Scotland in 2017 with GMM.

​Jamie is a solicitor, and lives in Queensland where he is Vice Chairman of the Queensland Branch of Pipe Bands Australia.

​He plays a set of Naill bagpipes.

Arminder Singh

Piper

Arminder hails from Kuala Lumper, Malaysia.


He first played with the band Hawkesbury Nepean Valley Pipe Band on the 2010 Scotland tour.

He is part of the bands long distance playing programme.

Arminder was the foundation Pipe Major of the Malaysian Pipe Band Club and led the band up until 2017.

Arminder plays a set of Shepherd bagpipes.

Fraser Smith

Piper / Committee Member

Fraser joined the Hawkesbury Nepean Valley Pipe Band in 2010.


He was born in NZ and apart from his father who was a piper received tuition from Pipe Major Sam Clothier of the Hamilton Caledonian Pipe Band. 

He has perviously been PM of the Hills District Pipe Band and has competed with the following G3 bands: City of Blacktown #2, Manawatu #2 and LCC Southern Cross.

Fraser is currently on the bands Business Management Team.

Fraser plays a set of full ivory 1900 MacDougalls

Robbie Szafranek

Piper

Robbie commenced learning the Pipes with Sydney School of Piping & Drumming in 2011 and joined HNVPB in 2012. 

Robbie also plays in his local non competitive band at the Hornsby RSL Pipe Band, where he is currently the Pipe Corporal.

Robbie was awarded the BBM Scholarship for Piping in 2016 and spent the season playing with the Coalburn OIS Pipe Band in Grade 3A in Scotland.

Robbie set up the bands Facebook page and is one of its Administrators.


He was born in Glasgow.

Robbie plays a set of Wallace Bagpipes which he won in a raffle at a Battlefeild Band gig in Sydney on 2014.

 

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