QIAPB is a friendly and sociable band.  If you would like to know more about the members of our band, their positions and the instruments they play then read on.  You can scroll or use a quick link to get to your favourite section of the band.

Ranked Positions

Gricey

Pipe Major – Bruce (Gricey)

 

Instruments: Bagpipes, Redpipes,Tin Whistle, Bombard

 

Gricey is the dedicated leader of the QIAPB and as webmaster will not allow anything funny or incriminating to be said about him here…however, his wife Susan knows all his secret passwords. Gricey’s twins, Hamish and Millicent, are always keen to march out the front of the band on St Patrick’s Day in their kilts. Hopefully in due course they will be interested in learning to play the pipes. Or, who knows, maybe the drums like their mum! Gricey can also be seen out and about playing his pipes etc with the Celtic band Murphy’s Pigs.

 

Stuart

Pipe Sergeant – Stuart

 

Instruments: Bagpipes, Keyboard,Tin Whistle

 

The sergeant with the chanter made of gold, Stuart is a keen piper (when he’s not accidentally running over his bagpipes) and a skilled soundman for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He is a regular solo piper out and about and can often be heard busking around town. Stuart has a very rhythmical way of tapping his foot and moving his body when he is the lead piper, much to the amusement of others.

 

Colin (Buzz)

Drum Sergeant – Colin (Buzzy)

 

Instruments: Side drum, Bodhran, Anything you can hit…

 

Colin, more affectionately known as Buzz, is a drumming institution throughout Queensland and has been heavily involved in our pipe band for as long as anyone can remember! Buzz loves Guinness and dressing as a leprechaun, and is a guru who is just as likely to give you a perfect drum score as a profound statement on the meaning of life. Buzz has proudly tutored some of the best players in drumming and will always offer support to anyone who is keen to improve their playing. What an institution!

 

Pam

Pipe Corporal – Pam

 

Instruments: Bagpipes

 

A proud supporter of our pipe band and all this, of course, whilst enjoying a Jameson’s or two! Pam has spent an endless number of Monday evenings working with learner pipers and has assisted the progression of a few of them into the band. She started learning bagpipes at the age of eight back in the 1960s during a whole different era of piping and can add being fortunate enough to be the first piper to ever play as a support for Bon Scott in 1970 in his pre ACDC days when he was with Fraternity.

 

Danielle

Pipe Corporal – Danielle

 

Instruments: Bagpipes, Vocalist

 

Our very own ‘clumsy lover’, Danielle had a meteoric progression through the learner curriculum a number of years ago and joined the band as one of our regulars out and about. Not a lover of late nights, Danielle is a professional napper who is a cardiac sonographer in her spare time which involves some pretty early morning starts. Danielle hates shopping but likes probing things with a transducer.

 

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Pipe Corporal – Daniel

 

Instruments: Bagpipes

 

Danny has been spotted in many historical band photos and a number of years ago returned to our band as a regular valued member. Danny is a genuine asset to the band and the Celtic community in general. He’s also piped at some high profile events in far away lands. Danny is often spotted at the international airport due to his regular travels, but spends as much time away practising on his electronic chanter as he can.

 

Mark

Drum Corporal – Mark

 

Instruments: Tenor drum, Bodhran, Bass drum, Side drum, Lager phone, Bugle

 

A tenor drumming champion, Mark is a corporal with a sterling pedigree who actually believes that alcohol is a food group, so if there’s a Mark-shaped hole in the band after a gig has finished, you know where to find him. Between beers he also teaches young whippersnappers a thing or two, and he’s the man to see if you have a question about drill, drinking technique or if you have a uniform issue. Mark is a man of style!

 

Pipers

Andy

Andy

 

Instruments: Bagpipes

 

Andy is a stalwart of the band whose long drives (hot laps) to practice from Toowoomba are made in record time due to a love for V8 engines and speed. As well as wowing the crowds on his pipes, Andy is a perfectionist who sets a good example in the world of piping and enjoys sharing his knowledge and skill with pipers wanting to build on their own level of piping, hopefully not leading them too far astray.

 

Chris

Chris

 

Instruments: Bagpipes

 

The man with the ‘grip of steel’, Chris is the world’s authority on collision avoidance, and despite our best efforts, no one has been able to walk into him when marching yet.

 

Craig

Craig

 

Instruments: Bagpipes

 

Craig graduated from the learner curriculum a number of years ago to become a regular band member after many years of learning on and off. Craig holds a special place in the band as one of the few members with an authentic Scottish accent and he shares his love of the band with his daughter Matilda who is one of our side drummers.

 

DJ

DJ

 

Instruments: Bagpipes

 

DJ became a regular playing member of our band after progressing through our learners program. DJ is our international man of mystery, never revealing his true name. DJ has proven to be good with figures – numerical that is as our band Treasurer! DJ loves a good beer and can be regularly spotted around town enjoying a cold one at a trendy boutique brewery.

 

Eamon

Eamon

 

Instruments: Bagpipes

 

A former President of the Queensland Irish Association, Eamon now enjoys being a passenger in a plane instead of a pilot when he divides his time between Ireland and Australia, playing with the band when he’s in town. Eamon loves traditional Irish music, always reminding us of the good old days when that was all that we played!

 

Fiona

Fiona

 

Instruments: Bagpipes

 

Mmm! Where do we start? Fiona. who started her piping life with a Manx pipe band, may have a strong English accent but she certainly enjoys playing with the Irish! Fiona has a very comical way of remembering the first notes of a tune and relaying that to other pipers around the table, with some rather hilarious reactions! If you want to have a good laugh at band practice, make sure you position yourself right next to Fiona!

 

Glenn

Glenn

 

Instruments: Bagpipes

 

Glenn is another one of our learners that is progressing into the band as one of our playing members. Because of his height, Glenn can’t hide from anyone and his ponytail always stands out in the crowd. Glenn is also just one of those genuine guys that always has a smile on his face. Such a gentleman.

 

Jack

Jack

 

Instruments: Bagpipes, Banjo, Guitar

 

The man with the Glaswegian accent who loves playing with the Irish. If you need a piper, you can always count on Jack to be there. If you’ve got a problem with your pipes, Jack’s the man to see. Jack even plays a set of bagpipes that he made himself – so talented. Jack is always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone, no matter what the need.

 

Mavis

Mavis

 

Instruments: Bagpipes

 

As well as being a keen piper with an impressive history, Mavis is an active member of the Queensland Celtic community and regularly has to make trips to Glen Innes to care for her standing stone. She dazzles people with her lovely smile and impressive assortment of bling. When Mavis isn’t travelling around the South Pacific Ocean on a cruise you can usually catch her out and about organising some new event – she’s a bundle of energy that never stops!

 

Nick

Nick

 

Instruments: Bagpipes

 

Nick is another of our players who progressed through the learner programme to become another solid playing member of our band a few years ago. Nick’s our chief town crier, selling our CDs to the unsuspecting public whether they want them or not. Although he’s currently an army lad, who has to share our band with his duties away, you can guarantee when he’s in town, he’s playing with us.

 

Nel

Nel

 

Instruments: Bagpipes

 

Nel is another piper who recently progressed through our learners program into the band as a playing member. Nel has a strong background in music and if you have any questions regarding music, Nel has the answer. She can also be heard singing along to many of our tunes when trying to get that beat right.

 

Randall

Randall

 

Instruments: Bagpipes

 

…the man behind the face…behind the baguette… Randall is the inspiration for the Random Randall Award, and often appears in the most unexpected of places with a variety of snacks and breadsticks. When he’s not fanning fires under people’s kilts he’s putting them out with the Rural Fire Brigade.

 

Robert

Robert

 

Instruments: Bagpipes

 

Robert is a man of many talents; not only a piper, but also a driving instructor, gourmet chef, gardener, dog enthusiast, flower arranger, and wine merchant. At the current tally he has the record in the band for the most scars and hospital visits. If there’s a gig on, you can guarantee that Robert will be there, except if he’s overseas enjoying a pint or three!

 

Ross

Ross

 

Instruments: Bagpipes

 

Ross is another one of our members who is enjoying life travelling around the countryside between gigs. Ross enjoys playing his bagpipes out and about and has even been seen playing aboard a boat, heading out to sea!

 

Selina

Selina

 

Instruments: Bagpipes

 

Selina is a bagpiper import from Tasmania who allegedly joined the band just because there were cool bio’s on the member’s page. She is an electrical engineering expert who also specialises in whiskey tasting and healthy eating. Selina recently returned to Tasmania but is still quite an active playing member of our band – she loves us that much that she will travel up here from Tassie just to help out.

 

Shannon

Shannon

 

Instruments: Bagpipes

 

Shannon is another one of our newer pipers that has progressed through our learners’ program and who enjoyed her first trip to France with the band in 2016. Shannon is an amazing chef so if you’re wanting something special organised, she’s the one to see. Shannon is also a great dog lover, having four of them to keep her on her toes. Her smiling face and lovely conversation always lights up band events.

 

Tom

Tom

 

Instruments: Bagpipes

 

Tom tells us that he puts people to sleep for a living, which means he’s either an anaesthetist or a hit man, a point he’s chosen never to clarify. He loves folk music, playing the pipes, his wife and new baby girl, and drinking, which he says leaves very little time for other hobbies.

 

Wade

Wade

 

Instruments: Bagpipes

 

Wade is a good-humoured rascal who has moved into the band after being home-schooled on pipes, which is how we’re told they do it up on the mountain. Wade is always keen to help other pipers in the band with their finger technique, a skill which he learnt from his dad Andy.

 


Drummers


Adam

Adam

 

Instruments: Side drum

 

Adam is an expert on Viking death metal, drinking copious amounts of Guinness and somehow still being able to play the side drum semi-competently, and has an uncanny ability to publish our performance sessions on Facebook before we have actually finished performing in them. Adam also loves speeding through the mountainside on one of his motorbikes or paddling out in the ocean on his kayak.

 

Bill

Bill

 

Instruments: Bass drum, Tenor drum, Bodhran

 

One of nature’s true gentlemen, Bill’s beard and smile are a band institution. Despite trekking in from afar, Bill is a truly committed bandsman who rarely misses practice or a gig, and his Saints solo keeps the crowds jumping. He is also known as Bollard Bill…make sure to ask him about that story, he loves reliving it. Aah, what people get up to in our travels to France.

 

Bruce

Bruce

 

Instruments: Side drum

 

Brucie is guaranteed to know someone in any city in the world, especially beautiful women. A living, breathing Facebook, he is the go-to man for international contacts. Between sailing out in the ocean on one of his many cruises, you can usually catch him at band practice or one of our gigs.

 

Chris

Chris W (Cub)

 

Instruments: Tenor drum

 

Chris the Cub has played with the band on-and-off for many years since he was a young lad. He claims to have spent lots of time in tanks in the territory, but we’re not sure if they were military or dunk. He loves a wee dram, but after too many his ankles have a tendency to get a little bit broken. Chris is now the proud dad of one rather handsome little man with another on the way, so this is keeping him pretty well occupied at present.

 

Dave

Dave

 

Instruments: Tenor drum

 

Always relaxed with a cheeky grin, Dave is a talented flourisher and drinker. In his previous role with the band as Drum Major, Dave also proved his talent for marching on long after the band had halted behind him. Dave is also a competent builder, so if you want anything done, Dave will do it!

 

Emma

Emma

 

Instruments: Side drum

 

Emma has recently progressed through our learners’ program and enjoyed her first street parade on St Patrick’s Day in 2018, fitting this all in between her studies at university. Emma is enjoying playing out and about with the pipe band sharing her new found talent with the audience.

 

Graham

Graham

 

Instruments: Tenor drum, Bass drum

 

A vastly experienced bass machine with a long history in the band, Wolfie’s drum rolls can be felt in adjacent postcodes; a very different story to his day job in delicate glass turning. His super speedy tenor flourishing has to be seen to be believed.

 

Ian

Ian

 

Instruments: Side drum

 

The rhythmic cabbie who keeps his customers entertained on the trip. Ian is a Rhodesian import whose gentle smile and friendly attitude are an asset to the band.

 

Jill

Jill

 

Instruments: Bass drum, Tenor drum, Tamborine

 

She’ll be comin’ down the mountain when she comes! Although Jill can barely see over it, this Toowoomba local sets a cracking pace on the bass drum that most of the band can’t keep up with, and she is mastering tenor with a flourish. Jill can often be seen carrying her tambourine at gigs and who knows when she’s going to starting banging away on it, always adding to the musicality of the band.

 

Joe

Joe

 

Instruments: Side drum

 

Joe has recently progressed through our learners’ program and enjoyed his first street parade with the band on St Patrick’s Day in 2018. Jo is becoming a regular player at all of our gigs and is becoming a rather valued member of our side drum corp. Jo’s just loving playing with the Irish!

 

Laurie

Laurie

 

Instruments: Tenor Drum

 

Laurie recently returned to play with our band after spending a number of years away, Laurie not only plays the tenor drum but you can always catch her in the pub after a gig doing a bit of a highland dance or a jig!

 

Matilda

Matilda

 

Instruments: Side drum

 

Matilda, whose dad is a piper in our band, has recently progressed through our learners’ program and is another one of our learners to enjoy her first street parade on St Patrick’s Day in 2018. Tilly can regularly be seen playing in our daytime gigs but due to her age doesn’t join us at O’Malleys. Tilly is our youngest band member, knocking Sarah off from this rank!

 

Sarah

Sarah

 

Instruments: Side drum

 

Sarah is a talented side drummer who grew up with the band, Once upon a time Sarah was that little girl out the front of the band dancing to McGuire’s jig and legend said her flowing golden hair had amazing magical powers and was full of secrets. Now she’s a valued side drummer providing support to our leading tip Buzz and we don’t get to experience her amazing jig out the front of the band anymore.

 

Steve

Steve

 

Instruments: Tenor Drum

 

Steve is an enthusiastic tenor drummer who diligently practices the latest tunes and his flourishing in hotel rooms and on domestic and international flights. He claims that he does not like to be fondled when he has his kilt on (but never hesitates to tell you about one of those times!) and can usually be found fast asleep on a chair after a gig.

 

Susan

Susan

 

Instruments: Tenor drum

 

Currently on partial maternity leave from the band, Susan is always full of good ideas. She mastered the tenor drum but had to put her playing on hold for a while as she spends a big part of her time hitting the pavement to chase after her twins.

 

Regular guests and supporting members

Chris

Chris F

 

Instruments: Side drum

 

Chris is a champion drummer whose snare rolls are as smooth as he is on the ballroom dance floor as he foxtrots and waltzes his way into women’s hearts.

 

Georgia

Georgia

 

Instruments: Side drum

 

Georgia has recently progressed through our learners’ program and enjoyed her first street parade on St Patrick’s Day in 2018.

 

Helen

Helen

 

Instruments: Banner Bearer

 

Helen always is there to provide support for the band and her piper husband Robert. Helen is one of our regular banner bearers and is seen in many of our photos both here and overseas.

 

Lenny

Lenny

 

Instruments: Side drum

 

Hailing from the United Kingdom, Lenny is one of nature’s true gentlemen who often travels long distances to assist the band. Lenny often has some interesting stories to tell about his early days drumming in the UK and thanks to Facebook is now enjoying recontacting with a few of his old acquaintances.

 

John

John

 

Instruments: Bagpipes

 

John is an amazing piper who loves to occasionally join us in our hometown and also on our travels overseas, supporting us in Lorient, France in 2014 and 2016. John lives in Tasmania and makes special trips to Queensland a couple of times each year to join our band.

 

Owen

Owen

 

Instruments: Bagpipes

 

Owen has previously been a regular band member who has enjoyed a number of trips away, both in Australia and to France, with our pipe band. He’s an army lad who often has to spend a lot of time away from his hometown due to his work commitments.

 

Learners

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Brendan

 

Instruments: Chanter

 

Brendan is a keen learner getting a good number of tunes under his belt and is progressing well. Brendan is hoping to soon be able to master his playing on the bagpipes and will be a welcome addition to our pipe band.

 

Daintree

Daintree

 

Instruments: Chanter, Banner Bearer

 

If you can’t beat them, join them! Daintree is a learner piper who decided to learn the bagpipes to try and outdo her husband and daughter who are both drummers in the band. Daintree is also one of our regular banner bearers who can be seen in many of our photos both here and overseas. You can also catch her at our gigs, always ready to lend a hand where needed.

 

Karen

Karen

 

Instruments: Side drum

 

Having a husband who is a side drummer, Karen decided to come along and learn to play the side drum as well. She regularly comes along to gigs to support her husband and the rest of the band and to get a feel of how it all goes.

 

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Judy

 

Instruments: Chanter

 

Judy is a regular on Monday nights and enjoys her time learning some of our tunes. Judy is a great contributor to some amazing home made items for our band raffles at Christmas which is greatly appreciated.

 

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Rob

 

Instruments: Chanter, Bagpipes

 

Rob is progressing well with the tunes trying to get them off to memory in between his studies and work travel to PNG. Rob is a regular supporter at our monthly O’Malleys gigs and hopes to get enough tunes under his belt so that he can progress to being a regular player at these gigs.

 

Patrons

Brian

Brian (BOC) O’Connor

 

Instruments: Bagpipes, Drum Major

 

BOC has been associated with QIAPB forever and always has a hair raising story to tell at band get togethers about some crazy band member shenanigans that happened in his early days. He enjoyed some amazing adventures with the pipe band in his younger, as well as his more senior years and was a regular playing member until just a few years ago. His pub singalongs at Glen Innes are quite memorable.

 

Bill Hanley

Bill Hanley

 

Instruments:

 

Bill is the go to man if you want to know anything about the history of the band and the players along the way. Bill’s history with our pipe band goes back to long before most of us were even born!. He is so full of information and is happy to share it from his amazing memory.