Mike Allan

Piper

                     Mike commenced learning pipes with the                           Sydney School of Piping & Drumming in 2016 and joined the Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band in April 2017.

Mike teaches Karate and is a physiotherapist.

Mike plays a set of Kilberry Bagpipes.

Luke Blowes

Piper

Look joined the Hawkesbury Nepean Valley Pipe Band in 2015, doing his  first performance on Anzac Day that year.

               He commenced lessons with the Sydney School of Piping & drumming at their St Ives location in 2014.

Luke is a keen solo competitor and has obtained prices the the U/18 and D Grade events.

Luke plays a set of Wallace Bagpipes.

Fran Colridge

Piper

Fran  joined the Hawkesbury Nepean Valley Pipe Band in 2012, after taking lessons with the Sydney School of Piping & Drumming since 2010.


She started piping as a self taught piper 20 years ago, playing with the Bundaberg Caledonian Pipe Band in far North Queensland. 


Fran is a foundation member of the Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band.


She plays a set of stirling silver modern Henderson bagpipes.

Alex Davidson

Piper

Alex started learning the pipes with the Sydney School of Piping & Drumming at St Ives in February 2018.  Alex made greta progress and was on pipes and playing his fist concert performance with the band by October 2018

Alex plays a set of Wallace Bagpipes

Matt Grimshaw

Piper

Matt joined the Hawkesbury Nepean Valley Pipe Band in 2015 after commencing lessons with the Sydney School of Piping & Drumming in 2014.

Matt plays a set of caitlyn mounted Hardie Bagpipes.

Adam Hall

Piper / Newsletter Editor

Adam joined the Hawkesbury Nepean Valley Pipe Band  to begin lesson after seeing the band perform their Alba Gu Brath show at Windsor RSL in July 2016.


With regular practice and having attended several Bagpipe Bootcamps with the Sydney School of Piping & Drumming , he made his debut with the Governor Macquarie memorial Pipe Band  at the Pre-ANZAC Day marches and the ANZAC Day marches  2017.


Adam commenced with the Number 3 band and begin to compete in competitions in Grade 4 at the State Championships were the band was placed 3rd in the selection of marches event.

He is a member of the Clan Campbell Society of Australia and enjoys playing his set of Wallace bagpipes.

Ian Henry

Piper / Life Member

Ian joined the Windsor & District Scottish Pipe Band in 1992.


He grew up as a neighbour of Willie Wilkinson who was Pipe Major of Cullybackey Pipe Band in Northern Ireland. Ian says he  loved listening to him play
and resolved that one day he would  play the pipes.


He immigrated to Australia in 1966 with  ten pounds in his pocket and setup Vet Practice.

  
Ian was elected a life member in 2012 of which he says he is immensely proud of. And that life membership has been carried over in the Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band of which Ian is a foundation member of. 

.

Ian plays a set of 1940 Lawrie Bagpipes. 

Harley Jackson

Piper

Harley joined the Hawkesbury Nepean Valley Pipe Band in 2016.

          In 2013 he started to learn the chanter under tutor Fergus Barry-Corderoy at Hornsby RSL Pipe Band. Fergus was originally a pupil of Pipe Major Barry Gray, and Fergus played in the Hawkesbury Nepean Valley Pipe Band from 2012 - 2014.

By 2015 he was playing the pipes with the HRSLPB


In 2016 Harley started taking lessons with the Sydney School of Piping & Drumming and joined HNV at 2016 National & State Championships.

Harley was a foundation member of the Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band.

Harley plays the following musical instruments, Piano, Bagpipes, Clarinet & Saxophone.

He also competes in archery at National and State Championships compound class.

     You may also have just spotted him riding the unicycle while playing the pipes on a national TV show Little Hot Shots 2017.

He is also a keen chess player and is the current school champion.

Harley play's a set if bagpipes made by his father Dale who also assists the band greatly with his his tuning skills and pipe reed knowledge. .

Stephen Kerr

Piper / Committee Member

       Stephen joined the Hawkesbury City Pipe Band in 2008                         when the rejuvination commenced, after a 6 year lay off         from playing pipes.


                     He originally started taking lessons with the                                      Sydney School of Piping & Drumming joined the                      City of Blacktown Pipe Band in 1994. 


He was a member of the Hawkesbury Nepean Valley Pipe Band                              who won the Australian & South Pacific G4                                                      Championship in 2014.                                    


He also traveled to Scotland with the band in 2010 & 2012.

Steve is a foundation member of the Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band.

Stephen plays a set of Wallace bagpipes.

Ken McCurrach

Piper / Life Member

Ken joined the Windsor & District Scottish Pipe Band in 1984 when he originally took lessons from PM Robert McLellan.

​His daughters, Fiona and Wendy, joined the band and they played together up until around 1992 when Ken moved overseas for work reasons.


On returning to Sydney in 1996 he played with Northern Suburbs for a couple of seasons including an Australian Championship in Adelaide.

​                             Ken returned to the Hawkesbury City Pipe Band  around 2006. He has been President of the band on two occasions, 1986- 1992 and 2008 - 2016. He has also been Pipe Sergeant at different times.

Ken is a retired Civil Engineer and prior to pipe bands represented Australia in Rugby, his other passion, enjoying a Wallaby tour in 1973.

Ken had been awarded Life membership of the Hawkesbury City Pipe Band of which has been carried over into the Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band of which he was a foundation member.

​Ken plays a set of Robertson bagpipes made in the 1940’s.

Iain McLennan

Piper / Vice President

Iain joined the Hawkesbury City Pipe Band in 2008.  He come in at the rejuvenation period and this was Iain's first competitive band.

Iain hails from NZ and initially took some lessons with his father when he was a boy, but after some 30 years away from the chanter become interested again when his daughter Jenevieve started lessons with the Sydney School of Piping & Drumming.

Iain’s father, Alex, received tuition from Pipe Major George Sanderson, at the Queen Victoria School of Piping in Dunblane, and later became a piper in the Gordon Highlanders.

Iain has been on the BMT since 2008, and is currently the bands Vice President.  He was also the Lead Piper of our #2 band from 2008 up until 2017.

                         He heads up our Monday night tutorial class for beginner pipers and does a "mean " address to the Haggis!

Iain is a foundation member of the Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band.

                                         

Iain plays a 1950 set of Robertson bagpipes. 

                                              

He is NSW Retail Sales Representative for Tremco & Duram Pty Ltd

Lois Rouelle

Piper

Lois, commenced leaning the pipes with the Sydney School of Piping & Drumming in 2016.

He played his first solo compettion on May 2017 whee he won the practice chanter event, and played on pipes and won the UNder 18 4/4 March.

.

In October 2018 he joined the Governor Macquarie memorial Pipe Band and was a member of the band who gained 3rd prze in Grade 4 at the State Championships in the Grade 4 selection of marches event.

Linda Saunders

Piper

Linda joined the Hawkesbury City Pipe Band in 2008 at the rejuvination period.


She had commenced lessons with the Sydney School of Piping & Drumming some 12 months or so before that with Barry Gray.

     Linda was in the team that represented the band at the  2010 and 2012 World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow. As well as a member of the band that won the G4 Australian & South Pacific Championships in 2014.


  Linda was part of the BMT from 2008 -  2014 and was the bands                Quarter Master for this period.


Linda is a fundation member of the Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band.


Linda plays a  set of McCallum bagpipes  

Tony Scalan

Piper

Antony joined the Hawkesbury Nepean Valley Pipe Band in 2016.

Originally from West Lothian, Scotland with a lifelong Love of the pipes, Tony didn't start playing until ‘quite’ late in life, beginning learning with the Sydney School Piping & Drumming in 2014. 


Tony plays a 2000 Glen Alan set of bagpipes, Australian made to original 1932 Henderson specifications.

Hayley Whitehill

Piper

Hayley joined the Hawkesbury Nepean Valley Pipe Band in 2016.

She purchased a practice chanter and started learning from a book she had bought herself at the Aberdeen Highland Games.  After teaching herself the basics, she then took lessons with Caitlyn McInness in Armidale.

Hayley then commenced lessons through the Sydney School of Piping & Drumming in mid 2016, just in time to join the HNVPB as a Juvenile and Grade 4 player for the Australian Nationals that year.

                       Hayley is also an accomplished Flute player, having just completed Grade 4, and a Highland Dancer.

She currently has a weekly lesson with Nathaniel Agnew in Armidale as well as receiving tutoring with the SSP&D via SKYPE.

Hayley attends TAS (The Armidale School) where she is also involved in the school pipe band.

She participated in here first solo competition at McLean in 2017 and was the successful recipient of the Elementary Piping Scholarship worth $500.

Hayley has her sights set on moving up to the No 1 band in the next 12 months before her 15th Birthday.  Then in 2019, heading over to Scotland where she will do some dancing, piping and a term of schooling as an exchange student at Gordonstoun.

Hayley plays a set a MacCallum Bagpipes.

Geoffrey Scott

Piper

Geoff started learning the pipes in St Ives with the Sydney School of Piping & Drummng in 2016 at St Ives. He joined the Govenor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band in October 2018.

Aaron Whybrow

Piper / Google Drive Master

Aaron commenced  lessons with the Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band in 2016.

He done his first on Anzac Day 2018.


His first competition was with the the Grade 4 band at the State Championships in 2018 where the band placed 3rd in the selection of marches.

Aaron's son Sam is a snare drummer in the #2 band.

 

PO Box 323, Windsor NSW Australia 2756

(+61) 0426 123 058

©2017 by Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band. Proudly created with Wix.com