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Sydney Bagpipers was established to accommodate an increased demand for professional Celtic musicians for all types of events held in Sydney and the surrounding area.
Our pipers have a wealth of varied and successful performances under their belts, and never fail to impress and inspire our audiences.
Sydney Bagpipers use the McGregor (modern) tartan with Black Tunic / Jacket with silver buttons as the basis of two uniform options: Standard Formal (Please see image below with Richard McGregor's profile) and No1 Military Uniform (Please see image below with Donald McKay's profile).
Richard McGregor is a highly experienced piper who started learning the pipes at the age of 13, at St Andrew's College in New Zealand.
He has subsequently played for the New Zealand Scottish Regiment, RNZAC (as his father did before him) in the 1990 Massed Beating Retreat in front of the Royal Family - including Her Majesty the Queen - on the Horse Guards Parade, London. This involved intensive training at the Scottish Division School of Pipes & Drums in Edinburgh, and in the Guards Depot at Pirbright near London.
Richard has played in many and varied settings around the world, including competitions, highland gatherings, charity events, concerts, weddings, funerals, Burns Night and St Andrews Day celebrations, even at Buckingham Palace!
Richard is extremely proud of his Scottish heritage, and sincerely looks forward to sharing it with you during your special moments.
Donald McKay is currently Pipe Sergent for the St George & Sutherland Pipe Band, and for whom piping is also a family affair; his father was the Pipe Major of the celebrated Waimatuku Pipe Band in New Zealand.
Donald started playing the bagpipes at the tender age of ten, and subsequently undertook a significant amount of competition work with the Tuatapere Caledonian Pipe Band and Waimatuku Pipe Band until moving to Australia over ten years ago.
He originally played with the Bunbury Collie Pipe Band in Western Australia, before moving to Sydney. He had the honour of sailing with the HMAS Brisbane from Bunbury to Sydney as resident piper. Donald also played during the only wedding ever performed on an exploratory oil rig.