began drumming at the age of 6, and at the age of 8 joined Nelson's
Own Kootenay Kiltie Pipe Band, where he played until 1982,
the last 5 years as the Drum Sergeant.
moving to Vancouver in 1983, he joined the Grade 2 Sir John A.
MacDonald pipe band, and a year later was recruited to the Grade
Street Pipe Band. During his tenure with Triumph Street, the
band competed up and down the West Coast, and made two appearances
at the World Championships in Glasgow.
the breakup of the Grade 1 Triumph Street, and a short personal
break from the
pipe band scene, he was asked to take over as Lead Drummer with the
newly re-formed grade 2 Maple
Ridge Pipe Band, under the direction of P/M Angus MacPherson.
The band enjoyed a great deal of success over the following years,
winning most of the Grade 2 titles on the West Coast, and in its first
trip to Scotland in 2000, took two firsts at Inverkeithing, a second
at Bridge of Allan, and qualified seventh at the World Pipe Band Championships.
With a new family started
he again took a short personal break but returned to the Maple Ridge
fold in 2004, this time as the Bass Drummer. In 2005, Maple Ridge
finished 2nd in Grade 2 at the North American Championships, and
in 2006 the Drum Corps finished 4th in the qualifiying round at
the Worlds, but the band was again shut out of the final round.
Gwyn has studied under
such well known drummers as George Pryde (Powell River PB), John
Bosworth (USAF PB), John Fisher (Shotts & Dykehead, City of
Street PB), and Tom Brown (Boghall & Bathgate). He has competed
in professional solo drumming competitions, has been both a band
and solo drumming judge, and was the first drummer to serve as a
Director of the BC Pipers' Association. He is also an accomplished
kit player, having played in rock and jazz groups over the years.
He joined fellow Maple
Ridge Alumni Rob Smith and Alistair Fraser in the creation of the
new "E" Division Pipe Band, with a focus on a quality
sound, a high level of musicality, and a goal to be a performance-based
pipe band representing the RCMP and British Columbia. Along with
being the Drum Sergeant, he was also the band's webmaster.
He lives in Port Coquitlam,
with his wife Brenda, and daughters Megan and Krista.
Gwyn retired from the band in 2011 to devote more time to his young family.
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