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1st place finish at the Irish American Association of Northwest Jersey Festival

Washington Memorial Pipe Band is recruiting pipers and drummers!  Whether you want to learn from scratch or are
an experienced player and want to compete in our Grade 4 band, we can offer you an exciting opportunity to play in a successful band.

We foster an atmosphere of inclusion and collegiality along with a rare balance of performances and competitions which is hard to find in the pipe band world.  If you would like to join, contact us at 610-695-8600 ext 334 or email

Band Leadership

President: Colin Patrick Drummond

Colin P. Drummond started his piping career with the Isle of Mull Pipe Band in Denver, CO. in 1990.

Colin performing at Celtic Classic - Main Stage

Colin performing at Celtic Classic – 

Colin moved to Central Jersey in 1992 and played with CuChullain Pipe Band and honed his piping skills under  the instruction of Joe McGonigal and Seamus Coyne.  In 1998, Colin moved to Philadelphia and joined WMPB and continued his development under the tutelage of Pipe Majors Col. Phil Townsend and Derek Midgley.  Colin was Pipe Major of WMPB from 2003 through 2016 and led the band to dozens of awards and commendations over the past decade.


Pipe Major:  Dan J. Emery

Dan started playing as a member of the Grove City Highland Pipe Band in 1979. His first instructor of note was Pipe Major and piping judge, Tom Hinchey.  

Dan Emery at VFMA Military Tattoo 2014

Dan Emery at VFMA Military Tattoo 

Dan developed into a prize winning piper learning from notables such as: PM Chris Hamilton, PM Scott Walker, Sir James MacIntosh, MBE; PM Alasdair Gillies,Norman Gillies, PM Brian Donaldson, PM James McGillivray, PM Al MacMullan, Mike Rodgers and June Hanley.   Dan was the Pipe Major of the Cameron Highlander’s PB Grade 3 Competition Band (Philadelphia) in the mid 2000s. Dan was recently selected to be the Pipe Major of WMPB in 2017. 

As a soloist, Dan has competed at the  Grade 2 Level, amassing 13 firstplaces, 10 second places; 9 third; 3 fourths.  Dan is a retired highland dancer and often plays for highland and country dancing and can be heard on several country dancing CD’s. In addition to highland pipes, Dan also plays, border pipes, smallpipes, flute, and fiddle.

Pipe Sergeant: Rich Hall 

Rich began playing the bagpipes in 1960 at the age of 8 years old in Rockledge, Pennsylvania.  He followed in his  father’s footsteps, who emigrated from Northern Ireland.  Rich was taught by world renowned pipers such as Donald Leslie, John Rae Miller, and Robert Gilchrist.  Starting his solo career at the age of 11, Rich quickly elevated to the Grade 1 level by the age of 17.

Pipe Sergeant Rich Hall

Rich has played in numerous prize winning bands over 4 decades, including City of Wilmington, Olgilvie Highlanders, Lehigh Valley PB, and Delmar and District PB.  More recently, he was the pipe major of First Highland Watch and the Philadelphia Emerald  Society PB where he led the bands to numerous prizes in Grade 4.  Rich became Pipe Sergeant of Washington Memorial PB in 2017, and also lends his talents teaching private lessons to pipers of all abilities.

 Kenny Sutherland – Piping Instructor

Kenny started piping in Glasgow, Scotland at the age of 14 with the Nielsen District PB and competed with them at the Grade 3 Level for a decade

Kenny playing for Highland Dancers

Kenny playing for Highland Dancers

Kenny also toured with the Celtic/Caribbean fusion rock band Macumba throughout Europe, Russia, and South America in the 1990s.  Kenny emigrated from Glasgow, Scotland to Pennsylvania in 2003.  Kenny joined WMPB in 2003 and leads instruction for novice and advanced pipers.  

Drum Sergeant:  Sara-Jo Fegley

Sara-Jo Fegley began snare drumming at a young age under the instruction of Moe Jerant and Chip Bachman. She is rhythmically diverse and has instrumental knowledge on rudimental snare drumming, hand percussion, djembe, and Irish bodhrán. At the age of 12, she entered into the pipe band world as lead snare drummer and quickly fell in love with the style of highland side drumming. Promoted to Drum Sergeant at the age of 17, she composed percussion scores for various marching pipe bands. With over 20 years of drumming experience, she has performed on local television commercials, Disney World Main Street Parade, national military veteran memorials, and countless Celtic and folk festivals. 

Sara- Jo Fegley
Drum Sergeant

Sara-Jo is also a US Army veteran and has just recently finished active duty and now a reservist.  She is especially proud to apply her leadership skills to her recent appointment of Drum Sergeant of  the Washington Memorial Pipe Band is 2017.   

Her experience and knowledge is unparalleled and fits well with beginners and professional musicians alike. Sara-Jo gives private and group Scottish snare drum lessons every Monday night at WMPB rehearsal from 7:00 to 9:00 PM