Meet Our Leaders
The Atlanta Pipe Band is proud to have some of the best leaders and instructors in the Southeast guiding the organizations competitive spirit and education.
John first took up the pipes in 1962 in Toledo, Ohio. He began as a student of George Killen from Dearborn, Michigan, taking lessons through high school and into college, before later entering solo competitions in the U.S. and Ontario. He has been a member of Erskine Pipe Band in Hamilton, Ontario, and Clan MacFarlane Pipe Band in St. Catharines, Ontario. For 24 years, John conducted the piping and drumming program for the Ohio Scottish Arts School. John moved to Atlanta to be come the pipe major of the Atlanta Pipe Band, the band he has been affiliated with ever since. He has been a respected adjudicator since the 1980s, originally as a member on the judges panel of the Piper’s and Pipe Band Society of Ontario, and currently for the Eastern U.S. Pipe Band Association. John regularly performs for highland dancing competitions and is a highly respected teacher of the highland bagpies, currently tutoring students online.
Pipe Major, Grade 4
As a finalist in the grade 1 World Pipe Band Championships and professional class solo competitor, Patrick brings nearly two decades of successful experience in competitive pipe band drumming to the Atlanta Pipe Band. His mastery of technique and unison execution/integration brings an uncommon level of insight into the performance of a corps which helps him effectively teach and inspire drummers at home in the APB and nationwide.
Drum Sergeant, Grade 4
Jason came to the Atlanta Pipe Band as an experienced drummer, but completely new to pipe band drumming. Not being one to back down from a challenge, Jason quickly took up the style, proving his abilities throughout several seasons of competition and subsequently assumed leadership of the grade 4 drum corps in 2020.