Gordon's piping career spans over 50 years.
As a lad he was a member of the 214th Boys Brigade Company in Glasgow, whose legendary pipe band won the World Pipe Band Juvenile Championships on several occasions. Firmly "hooked" on playing in quality pipe bands, he graduated into the famous Muirhead & Sons Pipe Band, who won five consecutive grade one World Championships between 1965 & 1969.
Since moving to Queensland, Gordon played for a number of years with the Queensland Irish Pipe Band, who were placed 3rd in the grade two competition, in the 1985 World Championships. In 1999, Gordon joined Queensland Highlanders Pipe Band, who travelled for the first time to Scotland in 2000 to compete in the World Championships. The band came a credible 5th place in the second grade competition, then returned the following year to take 1st place!
In recent years Gordon has been a full-time member of the Queensland Police Pipes & Drums, & travelled with them to play at the prestigious 2006 Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Since retiring from the Queensland Police in 2011, Gordon has guested with the Tasmanian Police Pipe Band at the Basel Tattoo in Switzerland & has been active as a piping judge in Queensland & NSW.
Gordon has also enjoyed success in various solo piping competitions, but his preference is to play solo at functions & compete as a band member.
Now that I am settled in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, I am keen to pass on my knowledge to anyone interested in learning to play the Great Highland Bagpipe. I should add that I have had significant experience in teaching over the years, & welcome enquiries from young & old alike - it's never too late to learn!