Derek joined the E. Division Pipe Band in 2013.
began his piping career in Calgary in 1968 playing with
the Calgary Boys Brigage Pipe Band, the Calgary
Highlanders Pipe Band and the Calgary Kiwanas Highland
Laddies Pipe Band. The summer following high school
graduation, he was resident piper at the Banff Springs
Hotel. Derek also competed in solo competitions
throughout southern Alberta.
After moving to Vancouver Island, Derek played with the
Mount Arrowsmith Pipe Band in Parksville and Castle
Carey Pipe Band of Victoria.
the Lower Mainland, Derek has played with the Chilliwack
and District Pipe Band and was one of a number of
prominent pipers and drummers who tried to resurrect the
Sir. John A. MacDonald Pipe Band.
Highlights of Derek’s piping career include competing in
Scotland for the first time with Chilliwack and Districk
in 2001, where, after coming off the field in North
Berwick, a Scottish judge was overheard to say
“ that’s no a bad band!”
Another highlight includes the
following weekend at the worlds, placing 6th in
grade 3A and winning the Corby Bowl. Two years later
Chilliwack & District
competed again in 3A at the
worlds, and while the band placed out of contention, the
pipe section placed third behind two Irish bands, both
of whom went on to compete successfully in Grade 2 the
the last several years Derek has been the Pipe Corporal of
the band lending his assistance and experience to
betterment of the pipe section and band as a whole.