Meet Our Members

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Pipe Major:  James Bruce

Recently elected as Pipe Major (Aug 2021), James had previously been an experienced piper within our ranks.

During the week, James can be found in the corporate world.  When not doing that, you'll find him playing his pipes, cycling, or skiing in Japan.

Pipe Sergeant:  Mark Hamill

Mark has played with Thistle for 8+ years. Originally from Northern Ireland, Mark emigrated to Australia in 2012.

When not playing pipes, Mark can be found competing in drum major competitions, or generally keeping fit, (everything from running to yoga).

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Drum Major:  Doug Hall

Doug is 6ft 2", multi talented, has a loud voice, (required for commanding the band on parade), As well as drum major, he is also an active tenor drummer within the ranks.

When not herding the band into military form, you'll find him in the bush camping with his family, or on his boat!

Drum Sergeant:  Ross Culbert

Ross is a drumming legend, having played in bands across Australia over the years at the highest competition level.

Ross is a self confessed family man, and when not at band can be found around the pool with his grandkids.

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Band President:  Victor Kerr

Vic is a Life Member and an active Piper amongst our ranks.  

When not at practice Vic can be found swimming, playing tennis or visiting family in Glen Innes (Northern NSW).

Band Secretary:  Melissa Cameron

Mel is originally from Victoria, and is an acclaimed academic and scientist.  In addition to her role as club secretary, she is an active side drummer.

Outside of Thistle, Mel can be found socialising around Sydney's Inner West or buying new toys for her beloved cats.

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Pipers

Pipe Major:  James Bruce 
Pipe Sergeant:  Mark Hamill

Pipe Corporal:  Matthew McNeil
Pipe Corporal:  Richard Knight

Pipe Corporal:  Victor Kerr

Pipers

Elgan Alcorn, Oliver Calman, Jeremy Child, Glenn Craig, Dave Dillon, John Elliott, Bill Grennall, Ian Mason, Tim Mitchell, Stuart Robinson, Ian Triplett, Espie Watt, Graham Wood.

Drummers

Drum Major:  Doug Hall

Drum Sergeant:  Ross Culbert 

Drum Corporal:  Steve Wells


Side Drummers

Melissa Cameron, Dave Cormack, Greg Lemme, Grant Lloyd, Doug Whitson


Mid Section

Amy Dillon, Doug Hall, Kristen Koumakis, Steven McAleer, Cheryl Wells, Keith Wright

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