Band Members

BAND LEADERSHIP

Graham Hide

Pipe Major Grade 2

Year you started learning your instrument: 1990

First tutor: Rory Bellingan

Other pipe bands you have played in: The Jeppe High School Pipe Band, Witwatersrand Rifles

Year you joined ASPB: 1998

Steve St Claire-Hall

Leading Drummer Grade 2

Year you started learning your instrument: 1984

First tutor: Terry Hall - my dad

Other pipe bands you have played in:

SA Irish, SA Medical Services, Light Horse Pipe Band, Witwatersrand Rifles, Cape Town Highlanders, African Skye

Year you joined ASPB: 1998

Any other info you'd like to share about yourself:

Qualified PDQ assessor from RSPBA grade six.

Four times open SA champion snare drumming

Jeppe High School Pipe Band tutor

Matthew Keyzer

Pipe Sergeant Grade 2 and Band Manager

Year you started learning your instrument: 2000

First tutor: Gerard Knobel

Other pipe bands you have played in: Jeppe/CBC Boksburg, guest with Benoni High School Pipe Band in 2006, Knysna & District 2018

Year you joined ASPB: 2004

Any other info you may like to share about yourself: I have had many tutors over the years and I am extremely thankful for their dedication. They include Gerard Knobel, Grant Cooper, Sean Maher and Rory Bellingan.

I am also currently a piping tutor for the Jeppe Pipe Band. I started tutoring the Jeppe/CBC Boksburg band in 2008.

Rory Bellingan

Pipe Major Grade 4

Year you started learning your instrument : 1977

First tutor : Peter Holgreaves

Other pipe bands you have played in : Jeppe High School Pipe Band, Witwatersrand Rifles, South African Medical Health Services Pipe Band

Year you joined ASPB : 1998 (Founder Member)

Robyn Walker

Leading Drummer Grade 4

Year you started learning your instrument: 2015

First tutor: Mark Gouvea

Other pipe bands you have played in: Jeppe High School Pipe Band

Year you joined ASPB: 2019

Any other info you may like to share about yourself: I am a Highland dancer and I am learning to be a Drum Major

Freddie MacFarlane

Pipe Sergeant Grade 4

Year you started learning your instrument: 1996

First tutor: John Volker

Other pipe bands you have played in: Kaffrarian Rifles Pipe Band, East London Caledonian Society Pipe Band

Year you joined ASPB: 2009

PIPERS

Emma Bellingan

Piper (Grade 2)

Year you started learning your instrument: 2013

First tutor: Rory Bellingan

Other pipe bands you have played in: None

Year you joined ASPB: 2013

Ethan Bellingan

Piper (Grade 4)

Year you started learning your instrument: 2019

First tutor: Rory Bellingan

Other pipe bands you have played in: Jeppe High School Pipe Band

Year you joined ASPB: 2019

Jono Bosch

Piper (Grade 2)

Year you started learning your instrument: 2013

First tutor: Damien Pitman

Other pipe bands you have played in: Jeppe High School Pipe Band, Knysna and District Pipe Band

Year you joined ASPB: 2014

Any other info you may like to share about yourself: I was also Pipe Major of the Jeppe High School Pipe Band in 2018

Caitlin Campbell

Piper (Grade 4)

Year you started learning your instrument: 2015

First tutor: Rory Bellingan

Other pipe bands you have played in: Jeppe High School Pipe Band

Year you joined ASPB: 2016

Any other info you may like to share about yourself: I met some of my best friends through pipe band

Mark Campbell

Piper (Grade 4)

Year you started learning your instrument: 2010

First tutor: Reg Simpson

Other pipe bands you have played in: Kempton Park

Year you joined ASPB: 2014

Louis De Kock

Piper (Grade 4)

Year you started learning your instrument: 2011

First tutor: Peter Holgreaves

Other pipe bands you have played in: No

Year you joined ASPB: 2016

Any other info you may like to share about yourself: My other hobbies are model trains and scuba diving. Currently training towards becoming a scuba instructor and really enjoying ocean diving

Robyn Faherty

Piper (Grade 4)

Year you started learning your instrument: 2019

First tutor: Chris Mulinder

Other pipe bands you have played in: Jeppe High School Pipe Band

Year you joined ASPB: 2022

Any other info you may like to share about yourself: My late, great uncle played the bagpipes in the Black Watch in Scotland.

Peter Gibbs

Piper (Grade 4)

Year you started learning your instrument: 2008

First tutor: Ian Houston

Other pipe bands you have played in: None

Year you joined ASPB: 2008

Brett Harzon

Piper (Grade 2)

Year you started learning your instrument: 2016

First tutor: Damien Pitman

Other pipe bands you have played in: Jeppe High School Pipe Band

Year you joined ASPB: 2017

Hunter Hide

Piper (Grade 2)

Year you started learning your instrument: 2017

First tutor: Damien Pitman

Other pipe bands you have played in: Jeppe High School Pipe Band

Year you joined ASPB: 2019

Brandon Holz

Piper (Grade 2)

Year you started learning your instrument: 2011

First tutor: Damien Pitman

Other pipe bands you have played in: Knysna & Districts

Year you joined ASPB: 2012

Any other info you may like to share about yourself: I’ve never played a parade or competition without Gutsy, the Scottish Smurf in my sporran

Ian Houston

Piper (Grade 2)

Year you started learning your instrument: 1980

First tutor: The late Jimmy Elston

Other pipe bands you have played in: Krugersdorp Pipes and Drums (now Glen Allen)

Year you joined ASPB: 2006

Any other info you may like to share about yourself: I am a headmaster of a private school located in Tzaneen, Limpopo

James Howard

Piper (Grade 4)

Year you started learning your instrument: 2018

First tutor: Rory Bellingan

Other pipe bands you have played in: Jeppe High School Pipe Band

Year joined ASBP: 2018

Timothy Lincoln

Piper (Grade 2)

Year you started learning your instrument: 2012

First tutor: Gary Davies & Damien Pitman

Other pipe bands you have played in: Jeppe High School Pipe Band

Year you joined ASPB: 2017

Paul Louw

Piper (Grade 2)

Year you started learning your instrument: 1978

First tutor: Alan Watters

Other pipe bands you have played in: CBC Mount Edmund, South African Medical Services, KPPB

Year you joined ASPB: 2018

Sean Maher

Piper (Grade 2)

Year you started learning your instrument: 1975

First tutor: Roy Donaldson

Other pipe bands you have played in: CBC Boksburg; Boksburg Callies; Delville Pipe Band; Wit Rifles; Cape Town Callies.

Year you joined ASPB: 1998

Ewan McAlpine

Piper (Grade 4)

Year you started learning your instrument: 1996

First tutor: Gordon Ridgard

Other pipe bands you have played in: None

Year you joined ASPB: 1999 and again in 2020

David McMaster

Piper (Grade 4)

Year you started learning your instrument: 1979

First tutor: Pete Hargreves

Other pipe bands you have played in: Jeppe High School Pipe Band, SAMS Pipe Band, Witwatersrand Rifles Pipe Band

Year you joined ASPB: 2021

Any other info you may like to share about yourself: I am an Artist, Jeweller, Lecturer, and have been doing this for about 35 years

Ross Olive

Piper (Grade 4)

Year you started learning your instrument: 2013

First tutor: Damien Pitman

Other pipe bands you have played in: Jeppe High School Pipe Band, Queen Victoria School Pipe Band

Year you joined ASPB: 2015

Any other info you may like to share about yourself: After leaving school I worked as a teaching assistant at Queen Victoria school in Scotland and played in their Pipe Band. I am Currently the Band Master of the Jeppe High School Pipe Band.

Damien Pitman

Piper (Grade 2)

Year you started learning your instrument: 2000

First tutor: Rory Bellingan

Other pipe bands you have played in: Benoni MacTalla, Queen Victoria School, Jeppe Pipe Band & Highland Granite

Year you joined ASPB: 2002

Any other info you may like to share about yourself:

I live & work in Scotland, with my wife (Caitlin), we moved across in 2019, but we are both still passionate members of the African Skye Pipe Band!

Richard Prall

Piper (Grade 4)

Year you started learning your instrument: 2006

First tutor: Rory Bellingan

Other pipe bands you have played in: None

Year you joined ASPB: 2006

Any other info you may like to share about yourself: I always had the dream of learning to play the GHBP. As a kid I never got the opportunity but at the end of 2005, at the age of 38 years old, I decided that it was now or never, and I did not want to regret never having learned the instrument. I now play as often as I can; funerals, weddings, individual competitions and band competitions. I currently have tuition with Chris Mulinder, pipe maker, piper and ex-pipe majorex-solo piper. Never stop learning, never stop moving forward!

Aeden Southee

Piper (Grade 4)

Year you started learning your instrument: 2018

First tutor: Damien Pitman

Other pipe bands you have played in: Jeppe High School Pipe band

Year you joined ASPB: 2020

Any other info you may like to share about yourself:

Music is something I've always been fascinated by and have always wanted to learn about and understand

Michael Theron

Piper (Grade 2)

Year you started learning your instrument: 2015

First tutor: Dr Herbie Campbell & Damien Pitman

Other pipe bands you have played in: Jeppe Boys Pipe Band

Year you joined ASPB: 2017

Peter Thompson

Piper (Grade 4)

Year you started learning your instrument: 1983

First tutor: Richard Margolis

Other pipe bands you have played in: Wit Rifles Regimental Pipe Band, Wit Rifles Association Pipe Band, Boksburg Callies

Year you joined ASPB: 2019

Any other info you may like to share about yourself: I left Wit Rifles Regimental Pipe Band in the early 90's (this was about a year before the band went to the Edinburgh Tattoo. This was the last time I played pipes before joining Witwatersrand Rifles Association Pipe Band in March of 2019 and then African Skye in July of that year.

Gareth Watt

Piper (Grade 2)

Year you started learning your instrument: 1991

First tutor: Rory Bellingan

Other pipe bands you have played in: Jeppe High School Pipe Band, Wits Rifles

Year you joined ASPB: 1998

DRUMMERS

Bonga Bosani

Snare Drummer

Year you started learning your instrument: 2019

First tutor: Steve St. Claire-Hall

Other pipe bands you have played in: Jeppe High School Pipe Band

Year you joined ASPB: 2021

Sophie-Leigh Claassen

Tenor Drummer (Grade 4)

Instrument you play: Tenor and Bass Drum

Year you started learning your instrument: 2014

First tutor: Mariette Gouvea

Other pipe bands you have played in: Jeppe High School Pipe Band

Year you joined ASPB: 2014

Any other info you may like to share about yourself: I am currently a tutor for African Skye and very excited to share my passion for drumming in the pipe band community

Bronwyn Costine

Tenor Drummer

Year you started learning your instrument: 1994

First tutor: can't remember

Other pipe bands you have played in: Jeppe High School Pipe Band

Year you joined ASPB: 1999

Vivian Jeffrey

Bass Drum

First tutor/s: Dave Jeffrey and Donald Graham

Other pipe bands you have played in: Transvaal Scottish, Boksburg Callies Pipe Band, Richmond Avenue, African Skye Pipe Band - Grade 3

Year you joined ASPB: 2021 (rejoined)

Nkanyezi Mabena

Rank in the band: None

Instrument you play: Tenor drum

Year you started learning your instrument: 2017

First tutor: Noncebo Simelani

Other pipe bands you have played in:

Jeppe High School Pipe band

Year you joined ASPB: 2022

Ashley Maritz

Rank in the band: None

Instrument you play: Snare drum

Year you started learning your instrument: 2013

First tutors: Mark Gouvea and Craig Whall

Other pipe bands you have played in: Jeppe High School Pipe Band

Year you joined ASPB: 2014

Caitlin Pitman

Tenor Drummer (Grade 2)

Year you started learning your instrument: 2015

First tutor: Mandla Ndabula

Other pipe bands you have played in: None

Year you joined ASPB: 2016

Any other info you may like to share about yourself:

I joined the Pipe band world because I have a crazy passionate husband and I wanted to share in his passion and spend extra time with him (pipe band took up much of our lives!)

Kiara Prall

Tenor Drummer

Year you started learning your instrument: 2019

First tutor: Sophie Claassens

Other pipe bands you have played in: None

Year you joined ASPB: 2020

Remo Sogno

Snare Drummer

Year you started learning your instrument: 2019

First tutor: Steve St Claire Hall

Other pipe bands you have played in: none

Year you joined ASPB: 2021

Devin Southee

Drummer

Instrument you play: Snare Drum

Year you started learning your instrument: 2018

First tutor: Steve St Claire-Hall

Other pipe bands you have played in: Jeppe High School Pipe Band

Year you joined ASPB: 2021

Jenna St Clair-Hall

Tenor Drummer

Year you started learning your instrument: 2015

First tutor: Mark Gouvea

Other pipe bands you have played in: Jeppe High School Pipe Band

Year you joined ASPB: 2021

Liam St Clair-Hall

Snare Drummer

Year you started learning your instrument: 2015

First tutor: Mark Gouvea

Other pipe bands you have played in: Jeppe High School Pipe Band

Year you joined ASPB: 2019

Kiera Tucker

Snare Drummer/ Drum Major

Year you started learning your instrument:

First tutor: Rahil Sookdeo

Other pipe bands you have played in: Benoni High School Novice Juvenile

Year you joined ASPB: 2021

Any other info you may like to share about yourself:

I’m a cosplayer, gamer and an FX artist. I enjoy playing piano and love all types of music. I’m also an INFJ who loves to make new friends and talk about the universe and its aspects