He enlisted in the Air Force in 1979 as a firefighter and was later commissioned as a Physician Assistant. After twenty-four years of service, having been stationed in Egypt, England, and six of our states, Jack retired from the Air Force as a Major to the peaceful waters of the Northern Neck and continues to work as an Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant.
He and his wife, Sherri, have five children and are also blessed with nine wonderful grandchildren. His passion for Scottish music has been strongly evident throughout his life and he has piped for various dignitaries and high-ranking military officers, including the Irish Consulate to Great Britain. As Pipe Major he is responsible for the musical direction of the band and the steady flow of Scotch in social situations (he takes the second very seriously).
Dave started studying clarinet at age 10 with Joseph Sulkowski, principal clarinetist with the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra. He made his professional debut at 17 as soloist with the Sulkowski Concert Band, of which he was a member for the next 20 years. He's also performed with the Erie Chamber Orchestra, the Erie Concert Band, the Clarion State College-Community Orchestra, the D’Angelo School of Music (Mercyhurst College) Orchestra, and the Northern Neck Orchestra.
Dave started learning pipes 12 years ago in Pittsburgh, under the instruction of George Balderose, Director of the Balmoral School of Piping. He enjoys competing on the pipes, and performing with the Kilmarnock & District Pipe Band.
Music has been a lifelong avocation. Through his military career, playing chamber music was always a calming pastime. In retirement, he builds and performs on replicas of early harpsichords and fortepianos. Singing madrigals with friends is always enjoyable. He is organist and choir director for Campbell Memorial Presbyterian Church in Weems.
Having a touch of Scottish blood, Neil always wanted to play the pipes. Formation of the Kilmarnock and District Pipe Band provided the chance. He became a student of the band. In January of 2000, he bought his practice chanter, Pettigrew pipes and Russell tartan kilt. In April, he realized his goal of playing in a pipe band as the KDPB performed in the musical, “Brigadoon”.
Neil and his wife, Diane, travel frequently. His pipes are always along for the ride – ready to be played on scenic mountaintops, foggy seashores, and along shady stream banks.
On his subsequent retirement with the children through college and on their own, he and his wife, Susan, moved to the Northern Neck of Virginia with its Chesapeake Bay waters to satisfy their interest in sailing. Through the great teaching and patience of band member and piper Jim McCaig, he was able to satisfy a life-long desire to learn to play the highland bagpipes at age 63. As a piper and original member of the Kilmarnock and District Pipe Band when it formed, his piping experience has now extended to fifteen years.
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After graduation from the University of Iowa and six years in his family’s insurance business, John temporarily put his sticks up as he left the Midwest for a year’s sabbatical exploring the U.S. east coast and islands of the Caribbean aboard his 28-foot sailboat, “Friday’s Child.”
By the time John was ready to move back ashore, he had developed a love for the Chesapeake Bay, and chose Virginia’s Northern Neck as his new home. Shortly thereafter, he joined a group of local musicians who were at the time in the process of forming what would become the Kilmarnock and District Pipe Band.
When not drumming with the band, John enjoys raising his two children, sailing, bicycling, motorcycling, and his career in the pleasure-boat service and repair industry.
Johnson was associated with the University of Virginia Nuclear Engineering Program from its beginning in 1957 until the program ended in 1998. From 1974 until 1991, Mr. Johnson was a member of the Atomic Safety and Licensing Appeal Panel. In this capacity he participated in the licensing of many of the nation's nuclear power plants. He is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society and is active in the Virginia Section of the ANS, often serving as an instructor in Science Teacher Workshops.
Reed and his wife Vivien moved to Lancaster Country in 1999, where he has served as a Red Cross Volunteer and began his musical career as a drummer with the Kilmarnock and District Pipe Band.
In 1986 he moved to Virginia’s Northern Neck and served as a therapist in area hospitals and nursing homes. About 10 years ago, he left the health-care career behind and now is an independent small businessman repairing and servicing laser printers.
Married to Laurel, with 5 children between them, he is glad to visit his six grandchildren locally and in Hawaii and Ohio, as well as serve the Band as bass drummer and business manager (i.e. "gig getter").