St Marys Pipes and Drums has member of all levels, from beginners, aspiring juniors to experienced competition players. The band is actively involved in both competition and community engagements, allowing players of all levels to be part of an experienced ensemble.
The band is looking for anyone with playing experience wishing to contribute to the continued growth of the band.
We welcome all players – from beginners to advanced.
Pipe Major Bruce Simmons
Bruce joined as Pipe Major St Marys in 2014, something of a return to his roots having started at Fairfield Police Boys in the 1970s. Bruce moved to Scotland in 1980, where played with the highly successful and influential Vale of Athol PB under PM Ian Duncan and PS Gordon Duncan. He had tuition from multiple Gold Medal-winning pipers, winning the Australasian Open champion as a Junior and in 1981, was Champion Open piper at Strathardle. Bruce has a wealth of experience contributing to juvenile bands in the UK, Grade 1 and 2 Bands in Australia and as a Musical Director in New Guinea. He has RSPBA and APBA certification and is regular on the judging circuit. Bruce is encouraging and supportive of learners and players of levels. His aim at St Marys is to see the Band return to a competitive level and to broaden the musical repertoire.
Drum Sergeant Mark Lambert
Mark started on tenor drum in the Illawarra region, reaching an Open competition level as a juvenile, before switching to snare drum as a full-time musician in the military (3rd & 6th RAR, Sydney and Brisbane). He has spent time with the Scots Guards in the UK and in 1988, played in the bicentenary tattoo. Mark has Advanced local PBA certification and teaches the drum corps at PLC Croydon PB as well as the Macarthur Anglican School American drum line. A goal for Mark is to oversee them continuing their drumming in local pipe bands. Mark joined St Mary’s a decade ago. He was appointed lead snare and drum sergeant in 2011 and together with senior members of the drum corp, is mentoring a new crop of young drummers at St Marys Pipe Band.