pipe band career started as a piper at the age of 13 under the
direction of Malcolm Nicholson, retired Pipe Major of the Vancouver
Police pipe band. He started with the Highland Laddies Pipe Band,
and after just a year moved up the ranks to the Kiwanis Boys Pipe
Band. During this time the band won numerous titles including
Western Pipe Band Aggregate Champions, a second place in Juvenile
at the World Pipe Band Championships, and first in the English
Championships in 1975.
held the rank of Pipe Sergeant for a number of years and in 1976
took on the rank of Pipe Major and guided the band to wins in Monterey,
San Francisco and Santa Rosa, California. Also during this time
he competed in many individual competitions throughout the west
coast staying in the top 5 of his class.
After a few years of
reprieve he was invited to join the Grade 2 Port Coquitlam Legion
pipe band in 1980. This in turn gave birth to the existing Sir John
A. MacDonald pipe band, also a very successful competition band
winning most of the Grade 2 titles on the West Coast. Mike also
held the rank of Pipe Major with the band for one year and then
took on the role of Drum Major for all parade and massed band performances.
The band went through some very lean years and then in 2003 amalgamated
with the Triumph Street Pipe Band.
the winter of 2005 Mike was asked to attend a meeting with the interest
of forming an RCMP pipe band. Based on the focus of creating a quality
sound, a high level of musicality, and a goal to be a performance-based
pipe band, he decided to put his competing days aside and look at
something new, representing both the RCMP and British Columbia.
lives in Langley, with his lovely wife Julie (also an accomplished
piper and a member of the band). He has 4 daughters and 5
grandchildren. He also has a nephew currently playing in the E Division
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