I learned to play the bagpipes as a student at St. Thomas Episcopal School in Houston, Texas, with early instruction from a graduate of the school, Michael Cusack, one of the world's most accomplished competitive solo pipers.
I left St. Thomas Episcopal after the 8th Grade and attended a large public high school in Houston, and set the bagpipes aside for several years. In college at the University of Texas at Austin, I began playing again with Ken Liechte and the Silver Thistle Pipe Band. In 1993 and 1994, we traveled to the Scottish Highland Gathering and Games in Alameda County, California, organized by the Caledonian Club of San Francisco. I was greatly inspired by the Grade I pipe bands that performed there, including the 78th Fraser Highlanders, the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band, and the L.A. Scots.
After spending a year in Colorado working in the outdoor recreation industry, I returned to Houston to begin law school in the fall of 1996 and began playing with the Hamilton Pipe Band, a competitive pipe band that included many alumni of St. Thomas Episcopal School. The band had some great achievements at big pipe band contests during that time, including First Place in Grade III at the North American Pipe Band Championships in Maxville, Ontario, in August 1997, and First Place in Grade III at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, in August 1998. The band also placed third out of 33 bands at the Grade II level at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow in August 1999, which was a significant achievement for a pipe band from the United States.
As a solo piper, I am best known for my musical tribute to the professional golfer, Payne Stewart, who died in an airplane accident in October 1999. I was the "Piper in the Mist" at a memorial ceremony at Champions Golf Club, honoring Payne's remarkable life and career. One of the more memorable photos from that ceremony is displayed as the background of this website.
During the week, I work as an attorney in Asheville, North Carolina, and my wife and I stay busy raising our two girls and volunteering. I am available most weekends and usually play for about twenty events each year.