grew up in Tsawwassen, BC, and began her piping career at age 12 while she was
also competing in highland dancing competitions. Her first piping
teacher was Fred Brodie and she later took lessons from Jim Wilson and joined
the Richmond CP Air Pipe Band at age 13. The band competed successfully in grade
three both locally and on various trips to the States. A few years later, she
began lessons with Jack Lee and became a member of the newly formed SFU Grade 2
Pipe Band. A highlight of this period for Julie was winning the Junior Amateur
aggregates both at the Expo 86 Games and at the Santa Rosa Games in California.
the University of British Columbia, Julie was promoted to the SFU Grade One Band
where she played for a short time before leaving the band to focus on her
studies. During this time, Julie continued to compete successfully in the Senior
Amateur class and also took lessons from Darlene (Miharija) Milloy.
In 1990/91, Julie was invited to join the Vancouver Ladies Pipe Band, where she
eventually became Pipe Sergeant and then Pipe Major, before moving on to join
the Sir John A. MacDonald Pipe Band in 1996. A highlight of playing in the Sir
John A. MacDonald Band was meeting her future husband Mike (also an accomplished
piper and drum major) and many lasting friends. A few years later when husband
Mike joined The RCMP E Division Pipe Band, Julie joined as well, and has been
proud to wear the red serge to represent the RCMP in shows, events and parades
for the last 6 years.
| Julie is an elementary schoolteacher
who lives in Langley. She is a proud stepmom to four grown daughters and
loves being a grandma to her five grandchildren