I started drumming at the age of 9 and was taught by Eddie Mogey of the Houghton-Le-Spring Pipe Band.
On moving to Dunoon, I joined the Dunoon Grammar School Pipe Band, which was under the tuition of Bobbie Davie. I was appointed the leading drummer and enjoyed winning many drumming prizes through the three seasons in the juvenile grade.
After the school band, I moved to the Dunoon Argyll Grade 3B Pipe Band and then onto Johnstone Grade 2 Pipe Band (both under the instruction of my tutor Bobbie Davie).
During my time with these bands, I contributed to winning several drumming accolades such as Scottish Champions, 1st for drumming at the Scottish Championships and also 1st place for drumming at the Cowal Championships 3 times.
During this time, I was also travelling to Shotts twice a week to learn from 16 times World Solo Drumming Champion, Jim Kilpatrick MBE.
In 2009, I joined ScottishPower Grade 1 Pipe Band under the leadership of Barry Wilson, 4 times World Solo Drumming Champion. Since then, ScottishPower has won several prizes at all major competitions including 2nd place at the Scottish, British, European and World Pipe Band Championships.
After joining ScottishPower, I was asked to help tutor Paisley Novice Juvenile Pipe Band who went on that year to achieve 3rd place in drumming at the World Pipe Band Championships.
In August 2013 I moved to New Zealand to become the Leading Drummer of the Grade 1 City Of Invercargill Highland Pipe Band and also tutor their Grade 4 and 4B bands. During my time there, I helped the band attain 2nd place for drumming at the New Zealand National Championships and also competed with ScottishPower during the UK competition season.
Alongside taking part in Pipe Band competitions, I have been fortunate enough to perform at events such as opening of The Live Earth Concert in 2007 (along with Taylor Hawkins from the Foo Fighters, Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Roger Taylor from Queen), the BBC Hogmanay Show in 2008, the Longs Peak Scottish and Irish Festival in Estes Park, Colorado and the opening the Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.
More recently I was privileged to be asked to play at the Livi INN Invitational Contest organised by Jim Baxter. This featured some of the best Pipe Band Snare Drummers in the World such as Jim Kilpatrick MBE, Stephen Creighton, Steven McWhirter, Eric Ward, Gordon Brown and Mikey McKenna.