Pipe Major
Jack Fearing   Jack Fearing surrendered to the call of the pipes at the young age of seventeen and fell under the instruction of Noel Slagle, then pipe sergeant of the Clan MacFarlane Pipe Band, North American Champions.

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).

Pipe Sergeant

Dave Hershiser   Born in Erie, PA, Dave has lived in the Northern Neck since 1996. He currently resides in Reedville, VA, and is employed by the U.S. Postal Service. He is a graduate of Clarion State College of Clarion, PA, and of Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA.

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.


Sharon George .


John Langloh   Currently retired and living the “good life” on the Western Branch of the Corrotoman River, John is active in wildlife and land conservation. He volunteers with the Rappahannock National Wildlife Preserve and is a member of the Board of Directors of Friends of Dragon Run. John is married to Jane Palmer (48 years and counting) and has three children and six grandchildren. He started on the pipes in 2004. Before that, he had a long career (forty years) as a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, and four years as a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman. A Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, his hobbies include reading, fishing, crabbing, furniture building, carpentry, and, of course, piping.

Neil A. Smart   A 1963 graduate of the US Naval Academy, he is a retired Army Corps of Engineers colonel. He commanded combat engineer and aviation units in Korea and Vietnam. He served on the Army Staff in Washington and with NATO in Belgium. His final assignment was Commander of the Rock Island, Illinois Engineer District, directing navigation and flood control projects on the Mississippi, Illinois and Iowa Rivers.

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.


Jim Stuart was raised in the iron-mining country of Northern Minnesota. He left the truck driving and surveying work in the iron mines for the salt mines at the Military Academy at West Point, NY. This resulted in an Army commission as an Armor officer and a thirty-one-year career in the U.S. Army. He served in many locations within the continental United States as well as overseas duty in Hawaii, Korea, Turkey and Vietnam.

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.

Nick Magnani .

Drum Sergeant
John Friday has been playing percussion for over thirty years. He picked up his first pair of drum sticks in his hometown of Osceola, Iowa, at the age of ten, playing the snare drum in his middle school concert band, competing successfully on the tri-toms across the state of Iowa in his high school marching band, and playing the traps in local rock bands from junior high, through high school and into his first years of college.

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.

Reed Johnson graduated from the Virginia Military Institute with a B.S. in Physics in 1953, completed a year-long course in nuclear engineering at the Oak Ridge School of Reactor Technology, and in 1962 was awarded the Doctor of Science degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Virginia. From 1954 until 1957 Reed worked in the nuclear submarine program, and on the design and operation of the Army Package Power Reactor. He was Project Engineer for the University of Virginia Research Reactor, and from 1962 until 1964, he served in Manila in a U.S.A.I.D-sponsored program of support for the Philippine Research Reactor.

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.

Jordan Rice   Every group has to have an oddball, and for the Pipe Band, Jordan Rice is one of the oddest of the bunch! Jordan heard the call of the Pipe Band after watching them perform one year at Kilmarnock Scottish days. He was hooked on joining the minute the pipes cranked up with Scotland the Brave. Having been a drummer of the Lancaster High School Marching Band, it was an excellent opportunity for this rhythm beater to join the ranks of the drum corps. Jordan has been a member of the band for four years, and so far remains the youngest out of the group, for the time being at least.

Drummer Tenor
Walt Mallorie .

Drummer Tenor

Bonnie Thrift .

Drummer Bass

Christopher Taylor   A founding member and the only native Scot in the band, Christopher immigrated to Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1964 to work as a physical therapist at Hamilton County Hospital. In late 1967, he moved to the Cleveland area and followed a professional career at various facilities, including the clinical faculty at Case Western Reserve University, and in the Engineering Design Center at CWRU, where he was on the “ground floor” of progress in artificial muscle stimulation and powered orthoses. While in Cleveland, he taught Scottish Country Dancing and was active in a number of non-professional theaters.

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").

Erin Fearing .