ABOUT US /
Sydney Bagpipers was established in 2005 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.
Richard 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, in the 1990 Massed Beating Retreat in front of the Royal Family - including Her Majesty the Queen - on the Horse Guards Parade, 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.
Andrew has been piping for the best part of 35 years. He joined the Australian Defence Force as a piper and honed his craft by performing in Tattoos and military parades around the world.
He was the senior piping instructor at the Defence Force School of Music in 2005 to 2010 and has competed in the Pipe Band World Championship in premier grade on several occasions successfully ranking 14th position in the world.
Andrew is currently a WO2 in the Australian Defence Force and Pipe Major to the Sydney University Regiment Pipes and Drums, as well as for the Smithsfield Pipe Band.
Donald McKay is currently Pipe Sergent for the St George & Sutherland Pipe Band, and for whom piping is 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 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.
Giorgia Di Girolamo
Giorgia Di Girolamo is an Italian drummer and has been playing the drums for over15 years. She started playing the pipe band snare drum with the City of Rome Pipe Band, then she went to Scotland to study with Gurvan Sicard (‘Inveraray & District Pipe Band’, Grade 1) and Colin Scott (‘College of Piping’ in Glasgow, Scotland).
In 2017 Giorgia moved to Australia and played with two grade 3 pipe bands, winning a number of contests around New South Wales.
Giorgia is a professional drummer and has been the substitute drum tutor at the Knox Grammar School and is now teaching drums and piano in a private music school. She has been the Lead Drummer of the Northern Suburbs Pipe Band since October 2017.