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About Me

A little background about me:

I always had a fascination with the bagpipes for as long as I can remember. As a child, I recall going to the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Scranton, PA (where I was born, raised and currently live) and was always excited to see and hear the pipers.  Little did I know I would become one of them.

In 1998 I decided to play the pipes.  My determination and focus helped me to progress in a very short period of time, and in 1999 I marched in my very first St. Patrick's Day parades.  It was tough, but I was determined to stick with it.  I kept working hard and practicing, learning new tunes and learning about this wonderfully complicated instrument.

My efforts paid off and I was eventually rewarded with the position of tuning the pipe band for parades and performances.  It is a task I take very seriously. It's very rewarding to hear the results of your work when the pipe band sounds very good.  I have pipers from all over the area contact me for individual advice, tuning, and bagpipe setup.  From time to time I host seminars on bagpipe setup and maintenance as well.

When the pipe band had a shortage of drummers, I decided to learn to play the snare drum so I could fill in if needed.  My daughter took an interest and she has become a terrific snare drummer.  Molly started to learn when she was only 6.  Now, at 15, she plays with the band, and on a lot of solo performances with me.  It's a lot of fun to share our time together making people smile.

 

On a personal note, I am married with two children.  I work full-time in IT at a local school district, and I own a photo studio which has been in operation since 1989.

Music runs in our family.  My wife is a vocalist, my son plays piano, and my daughter and I play in the pipe band.  It's a fun, noisy house!

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