Pipers


Alan Bevan


Alan is one of the world's top pipers. His career highlights include winning the Gold and Silver Medals at the Northern Meeting, the Gold Medal at the Argyllshire Gathering, the Jig events at both Oban and Inverness in the same year, overall winner at the Donald MacLeod Memorial competition (2009) and overall winner at the Masters' Invitational (2009).

Formerly P/M of the grade 1 Abbotsford Police Pipe Band, Alan has been a member of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band since 1995. He has won the World Championship with the band on several occasions. Alan has performed as a featured soloist at the band's concerts at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and both the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York.

He practices as a barrister and lives in Abbotsford, BC.

Jack Lee


Pipe-Sergeant Jack Lee is ranked among the world’s most accomplished pipers, having won all the top solo prizes available at least once: The Glenfiddich Championship, Gold Medals at both Oban and Inverness, the Clasp at Inverness (2), the Silver Star at Inverness (4), the Bratach Gorm at London (3) and the Open Piobaireachd at Oban (2). Jack is a true professional piper and is very passionate about teaching. He teaches many piping schools and workshops each year as well as numerous private students around the world via Skype. Jack and his sons operate their business – Lee and Sons Bagpipes Ltd. They are very busy producing quality pipe bags from Cowhide, Goatskin, Sheepskin and Sheepskin Premium. Jack recently achieved a lifetime goal of recording the entire Piobaireachd Society Collection (Books 1-15). Jack has recorded over 3,000 tunes and they are available from their website – Leeandsonsbagpipes.com. Jack and Terry were both awarded honorary Doctorate Degrees from Simon Fraser University in recognition of their lifetime contributions to piping. Jack and Terry started the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band in 1980 and Jack has been the pipe sergeant throughout its existence.

Bonnie Bevan


Bonnie has been a member of the band since 1988. She has won the World Championship with the band six times and has performed at each of the band's major concerts, including the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall and Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall.

Andrew Bonar


Andrew joined the band at the age of fourteen. In 2010, he won first place in the Silver Medal at the Northern Meeting, Inverness and in 2011 he won the United States Gold Medal for Piobaireachd. Andrew is very active in teaching and judging and published a book of tunes called "Boney Music".

Damien Burleigh


Damien came to the band from the Abbotsford Police Pipe Band in the fall of 2000.

Gordon Conn


Gordon is originally from Greenock, Scotland and moved to Alberta with his family. He was a member of Alberta Caledonia from 2004-08, and joined SFU in the fall of 2008. Gordon is the 2009 Alberta Professional Piobaireachd and Light Music Champion.

Blair Cooper


Blair moved to BC and joined the band for the 2002 season. Originally from Manitoba, he is a former member of the City of Regina Pipe Band and a graduate of UBC Law School.

Seumas Coyne


Seumas played in SFU in the 80's/90's. BC piper of the year in 1991, won various prizes in Scotland, the "A" strathspey/reel (Oban) 2nd place in 1998. The Director of the James J. Coyne Memorial School of Piping and Drumming. Full time in teaching, clinics, composing, and judging. He is thankful to be back in SFU again, to play along side his respected colleagues.

Andrew Gibson


Andrew comes from Barrie, Ontario where he played with the 78th Fraser Highlanders for seven years. After taking some time to settle on the west coast he then joined the SFU organization. This is his first year with the band.

Richard Gillies


Richard began his piping in South Africa in January 2000 at the age of 8. He received his instruction from Chris Macaulay and later from P/M Jimmy Elston of the Krugersdorp Pipe Band; a band which Richard joined shortly after. After emigrating to the USA in 2003, he joined the Sir James McDonald Pipe Band in Portland, Oregon. He began competing as a grade 5 solo competitor in 2004 and has won the BCPA Grand Aggregate for Grade 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, and 1 again in consecutive years. Richard is now in his 4th year with the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band.

Brian Haddon


Brian started playing bagpipes in 2002 with the Robert Malcolm Memorial PipeBand. In 2012 he won the Grade 3A World Championship with RMM. He became a member of the SFUPB pipe corps in September 2012. Brian is currently a student at SFU studying Health Sciences. His favourite piping moments are when he is competing in the band with his brother Graham, a member of the SFUPB drum corps.

Tori Killoran


Originally from Kamloops, BC, Tori began piping with the Kamloops Pipe Band in 2009. In 2011, she along with her sister were asked to play with the RMM Pipe Band, and competed with them at the 2012 World Pipe Band Championships. For three more seasons she played with RMM2. August 2015, Tori played in the Pre-Worlds concert in Glasgow with SFU. September 2015, she was promoted to the SFU Pipe Band.

Tori is also a competitive highland dancer, who has represented BC twice at the Canadian Highland Dance Championships. She currently attends Simon Fraser University, and is in her second year of studies.

Zephan Knichel


Originally from Edmonton, Zephan began piping in 1999 as an Air Cadet with the 570 RCACS Pipe Band. The following year Zephan joined the Edmonton Boys Pipe Band and the Vimy Ridge Academy Pipe Band. In 2003 Zephan joined the grade one Alberta Caledonia Pipe Band, of which he was an active member until 2013. Zephan also enjoyed stints in grade 2 with the St. Thomas Alumni Pipe Band in 2011 and the Viscount Park Pipe Band in 2014. 2015 is Zephan’s first year with SFU and he now lives in Surrey.

In 2014 Zephan graduated Summa Cum Laude from Monmouth College in Illinois, with a BA majoring in Business Administration. Zephan received a full tuition talent scholarship for Bagpiping to attend Monmouth, and upon graduation received the departmental award for top Business Administration Major.

Jamie Kubasiewicz


Jamie started piping in Winnipeg, and played with Transcona & District, Lord Selkirk Boys and St. Andrew’s Society Grade 2 Pipe Bands. He attended four years at Piping Hot Summer Drummer, and moved to Vancouver in 2012 to join SFU Pipe Band. Jamie's solo prizes include 2nd Overall at the Nicol-Brown Invitational in 2012, and 2nd in Open Juvenile Piobaireachd at Cowal in 2011 & 2012. Jamie is currently in first year studies at SFU.

Alastair Lee


Alastair started with the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band. Joining SFU in 2008, he was privileged to win the Grade 1 World Pipe Band Championship in his first two tries (2008 & 2009). In concert, Alastair can be seen playing both pipes and keyboards.

As well, solo pipe competition has been a focus for Alastair. In Scotland he is now in the Former Winners MSR at Oban as well as the Gold Medal for Piobaireachd at Oban and Inverness. Alastair also plays for highland dancing on a regular basis.

In his private life Alastair graduated with honours in 2013 from the Art Institute of Vancouver in professional sound engineering. He currently works full-time at the well-known Scottish importing firm Tartantown Ltd. as a bagpipe technician, shipper and sales associate.

Andrew Lee


Andrew was the P/M of the World Juvenile Champion RMM Pipe Band, and has become a regular open prize winner on the west coast. He won the Kansas City Silver Medal in 2007.

John Lee


John joined SFU in 2009 after playing with RMM for 11 years. In 2014, he won the B march at the Argyllshire Gathering, and in 2016 placed 6th in the A strathspey and reel. John recently graduated from Kwantlen Polytechnic University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurial Leadership.
Andrew Lewis


Andrew started piping in Syracuse, NY under the tuition of his parents and later Donald Lindsay. He has played with the Syracuse Scottish Pipe Band, Oran Mor, The City of Chicago Pipe Band, and Macalester College Pipe Band. He lives in Saint Paul, MN and studies protein engineering as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Minnesota.

Kevin McLean


Kevin began playing in the summer of 2003 at the SFU Summer Camps and then began playing with RMM that following fall. He Pipe-Majored the RMM Grade 4 band in 2006 and competed with RMM 3 at the World Championships in 2007 and 2009. In February 2011 he moved into the SFU Pipe Band. Kevin is currently an undergraduate student at SFU studying Communications and History.

Colin McWilliams


Colin first joined the band in 1996, and rejoined in 2000 after spending two years in Glasgow and playing with the Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band from Northern Ireland.

Dani Millar


Dani came to the band in 1995 from Saskatchewan, and is a six-time winner at the Worlds. She has two young daughters and is an elementary school teacher.

Derek Milloy


Originally from Minnesota, Derek came to SFU in the late 1980s. He was married soon thereafter to well-known SFU piper and Inverness sIlver-medalist Darleen Miharija for the rest of her life, which was shortened by multiple sclerosis. Derek holds a Master of Education degree from SFU and works as an elementary school teacher in Burnaby.

Zak Read


Zachary began playing pipes in 2000 beginning with Cabar Feidh Pipes and Drums and the Windsor Police Pipe Band (Grade III). He received instruction from John Cairns and in the fall of 2006 joined the 78th Fraser Highlanders and played with them until 2011. Solo piping highlights include the 2008 PPBSO Champion Supreme designation (Grade I) as well as competing at the George Sheriff Memorial Competition in 2011. Zachary is a professional opera singer and graduated with a MMus in Operatic Performance from the University of Toronto in 2014 and shortly thereafter moved to Vancouver, BC to join the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program with Vancouver Opera.
Anna Smart



Craig Sutherland


Craig is an up and coming competing piper from Crieff in Perthshire, Scotland. In 2005, Craig joined the Vale of Atholl Novice Juvenile competing band where he played for 3 seasons. At the end of the 2007 season Craig made the jump from Novice Juvenile to the Vale Grade 1 band and at aged 18 Craig was given the position of Pipe Sergeant. In addition to his success with the Vale, he was also part of the National Youth Pipe Band and along with his tutor Ron Clarke, started the Crieff High School Pipe band. In 2015 Craig joined the ranks of Simon Fraser University Pipe Band. Craig has competed solo from the offset and is a regular prize winner throughout Scotland. As a junior he enjoyed success at both the Northern Meetings and Argyllshire Gatherings where in 2009 he won the MacGregor memorial Piobaireachd competition. Craig now features in the senior competitions and most notably, in the 2014 season, Craig won both the A March and A Strathspey and Reel at the Argyllshire Gathering.

In 2016 Craig graduated with a MEng (Distinction) Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and currently works for energy giant Centrica.
Jack Toohey



Davey Welsh


Davey is from Aberdeen, Scotland now living in Wellington, New Zealand. A former member of Shotts and Dykehead from 2002 - 2005 he moved to NZ in 2006 where he is P/M of the Grade 3 Wellington Red Hackle and also plays for Auckland and District in Gr1. He joined SFU in 2015.

Greig Wilson


Greig is from Cardenden, Fife in Scotland. He started learning at the age of 7 with local band Bowhill and Seafield Novice juvenile. In 2003, aged 14 he moved to Dysart and Dundonald. Greig moved to Boghall and Bathgate in the 2008 season having 2 years with the band. Greig joined the ranks of SFU pipeband in 2014.
Greig is a regular winner around the Scottish solo circuit.