Andy McGregor, County Antrim, began Piping with Raffery Pipe Band aged 8. He then joined Cottown Pipe Band under Freddy Russell. Andy joined Polkemmet Pipe Band, Edinburgh in 1995 and when he returned home joined the Pipes and Drums of the RUC before becoming Pipe Major of Grade One Band Cullybackey. Andy now concentrates on teaching and performing with his groups Pure Blarney and KasK.
Andy has performed world wide most recently at International Festival de Lorient, Brittany, France.
He holds the Pipe Major Certificate which he studied under Gavin Stoddart and Bruce Hitchings in Edinburgh Castle. He is now the Head tutor and project manager with MSPD.
Brendan (Barney) Megoran, County Down, began his Drumming career with Frank Rainey Pipe Band. He was also a member of the RUC pipe band between 1998 and 2001 during which time they won British/European/Scottish/Cowal games/ Ulster/ All Ireland and won the World Champions in 2000. Brendan then took over the Lead Drumming role in Grade One Band Ballycoan.
As well as being an accomplished performer Brendan has taught some of the top Solo players in Ireland as well as drummers who compete with the worlds top Pipe Bands.
He is leading drummer with PSNI Pipe Band who are current Grade 2 World Champion Drum Corps and the band have been promoted to Grade 1.
Kerry Doherty, County Donegal, began Tenor Drumming with Letterkenny and District Pipe band in 2001, during his time with this Band he won many Grade Four titles including World Pipe Band Championships and Cowal Pipe Band Championships.
Kerry was a member of the Irish National Youth Pipe Band which seen him perform along with the Chieftains during their National Tour. Playing the Tenor Drum has also seen Kerry appear in the film Dead Long Enough and he has traveled to Belgium and France.
He is a member of Grade 2 World Champion Drum Corps, PSNI Pipe Band.
Russell Tinny, County Donegal
Geoff Hamilton, County Tyrone, began Drumming in 1975 aged 10 with Tullylagan Pipe band with who he won many titles. He Played with the Pipes and Drums of the RUC in 1989 and 1990 when he won the Scottish and All Ireland Titles.
Early in Geoffs Drumming career saw him win the Ulster Title, Runner-Up in the All Irelands and 3rd at the World Solo Drumming Championships.
As well as being a tutor for the MSPD Geoff teaches for the RSPBANI Branch School in Cookstown. Geoff now gives most of his time to teaching and encouraging young people to learn the Snare Drum.
Alan Ferguson, County Tyrone,
Sean Moloney, Cork.
Lowry Ferguson, County Tyrone, began Piping over 50 years ago. He was Pipe Major of Ballybriest Pipe band, taking them from Grade Four to Grade 2. Lowry then joined Howard Memorial Pipe Band and Quinn Memorial Pipe Band before moving to his present Pipe Band, Matt Boyd Memorial.
As well as a being a Piping tutor with the MSPD Lowry is a Director of the company. He teaches for the RSPBANI Branch School at the Cookstown Class and is also the Vice President of the RSPBANI Branch.
Lowry has performed at many festivals and concerts during the last 50 years including a trip to Poland and at the International Festival at Lorient, Brittany, France.
Alec Brown, County Donegal, began Piping with Ballingry School Pipe Band in Fife Scotland aged 12 under Bob Shepherd. He then furthered his skills at Edinburgh Castle and was awarded his Pipe Majors Certificate and Advanced Instructors certificate in 1986 under the tuition of John Allan, Angus MacDonald and Brian Donaldson.
Alec has played with many bands and was a Pipe Major in Grade 2. He is currently competing in Grade 2 with Colmcille Pipe Band and is the Piping instructor to Raphoe Pipe Band. Alec is now retired and is fully committed to teaching and helping others. He is currently assistant Piping tutor at The Ulster Scots Agency offices in Raphoe.
Alec has performed across the Globe most recently at the Moscow International Tattoo.
He comes from a strong piping and drumming back ground with both his two brothers and nephew all Grade 1 World Champions.