JD took an interest in playing the bagpipes in the wake of 9/11, having seen many pipers on TV playing memorials for the victims of the attack. His parents contacted the local pipe band, the Knoxville Pipes and Drums, and he began taking lessons on the practice chanter on September 11th, 2002.
JD took over as Senior Pipe Major of Charleston's Pipe Band last year at age 25, the youngest in the history of the band. He's also had the honor to be among the pipers who played for Prince Edward during his visit to South Carolina in 2010 and has also played for his clan chief, Sir Malcolm Colquhoun, on more than one occasion.
After graduating with a degree in Aerospace Engineering, he moved to Charleston to work at Boeing. He received his MS from The Citadel.
The 2004 Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA) competition season marked the debut of the of the City of Charleston Police Tartan designed by Marjorie Warren specifically for the band. This Tartan replaced the McLean of Duart Tartan and was first worn at the Virginia Scottish Games in Alexandria. The band has been working for months on a Kickstarter campaign to replace their old worn out 10 year-old kilts. This calendar will help them to reach that goal!
Even if you don't live in the South, you are likely acquainted with the band due to their performace of Amazing Grace at the Charleston Prayer Vigil honoring the 9 shooting victims at the Emanuel AME Church last month, which was broadcast on national television.
As a competition pipe band, the Charleston Police Pipes and Drums regularly participates in Highland Games around the Southeast including:
The band is incorporated as an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit, therefore, all proceeds received by the band via the NAPB Calendar, sponsorship, parades, and other performances are allocated toward operating costs such as equipment, uniforms, travel and competition expenses and are tax-deductible.