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John has been involved in pipe bands from a very young age, first learning snare drumming with the Irish Fusiliers Regiment of Vancouver BC with his father. In his teen years he spent 5 years in the cadet movement spending his summers attending Music School becoming the lead drummer thence Drum Major of the Senior Cadet Military band.
Eventually John became involved with a local Legion Pipe band and won the Drum Major /contest in the first Legion Highland Games held in BC, winning the Bass Drumming in the same contest. From here he moved into the competition scene, part of a very successful Grade 2 band through the mid 80's before joining the 6 time World Champion, Simon Fraser University Pipe Band. This became a players dream, winning 3 World and 1 Drum Corp Championships through the mid-
John has been involved in the local pipe band scene for over 40 years as a player, organizer, President and now an Adjudicator. He was directly involved in the Expo 86 Opening Cerimonies -
As the current Senior Drum Major of the BC Pipers' Association and the Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band, John is still living his dream.