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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!

If you have a proven track record in piping or drumming, Washington Memorial Pipe Band can offer you an exciting opportunity to play in a successful band.

If you believe you possess the qualities required to be a piper or drummer with WMPB’s Grade 4 band and you would like to join, contact us at 610-695-8600 ext 334
or e-mail majordrummond@gmail.com

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.

Vice President: Kenneth Sutherland

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 was selected to be the pipe sergeant and leads instruction for novice and advanced pipers.   

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 2014

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.

Drumming Instructor:  Mark Beecher

Mark is currently a Professor of Percussion at Drexel University where he also directs the Drexel University Percussion Ensemble.  Mark has over 36 years of experience teaching Scottish Pipe band drums and has led the WMPB drum section for a period of 6 years.

Mark’s versatility and wide variety of drumming experience has led him to perform on stage with such multi GRAMMY Award-winning artists as Shania Twain, The Chieftains, Peter Erskine, Paul Simon’s Graceland bass player, Bakithi Kumalo, and was a 1st Round Nominee for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, with his band, Savior Soul. He has opened for such artists as David Lee Roth, The Doobie Brothers, The Temptations, and Dave Mason. He has also entertained a number of international dignitaries such as Queen Elizabeth, President Valéry Giscard d’Estang of France and King Carl XVl Gustaf of Sweden.

His experience and knowledge is unparalleled and fits well with beginners and professional musicians alike.   Mark gives private and group Scottish snare drum lessons every Monday night at WMPB rehearsal from 7:30 to 10:00 PM.