A little background:
I always had a fascination with the bagpipes for as long as I can remember. As a child, my parents would take us to the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Scranton, PA (where I was born, raised and 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 learn 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 19, she plays at a lot of 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 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, our son plays piano, and our daughter and I play pipes/drums. It's a fun, noisy house!