Conor started playing the bagpipes after a Worcester cold storage fire took his uncle's life in 1999. He and both of his brothers took up piping up in his memory. He was 8 years old when he took his first lesson on the Great Highland Bagpipe. He started competing about 1 1/2 years later in grade 5 as a band and grade 4 in solos.
Here's something you don't hear very often, Conor has been with Worcester for his entire piping career, over 13 years! In that time WKPB has won championships in Grades 5, 4 and 3. He has won numerous contests and was the "Most Memorable Piper of the Day" at the New Hampshire Highland Games in 2008 as well as the Hunter Mountain Games the same year. Conor plans to compete in solos this weekend in Maxville, Ontario at the Glengarry Highland Games / North American Pipe Band Championships.
Conor graduates nursing school in May 2016 (noble profession!) and plans to go on to be a nurse anesthetist. He also has a small construction company specializing in stone work and masonry. He loves playing any sport, specifically Lacrosse, where he has been the captain of his college team since his sophomore year.
Founded in 1916, the WKPB is one of the oldest Pipe Bands in the US. The band wears the Royal Scott tartan. The ‘Kilties’ are probably most famous for becoming the first U.S.-based Grade 1 pipe band to win a significant competition in Scotland when in 1969 it won the Lesmahagow Highland Games against a field that included Shotts & Dykehead and the reigning World Champions, the Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band. The band was also the first from the U.S. to compete at the Worlds, in 1964.
The band’s mission is “to study, perform and promote piping and drumming at the highest level possible thru teaching, competition, concerts and other public performances. The band seeks to foster a friendly atmosphere free of politics and enjoyable to all associated with it".
”Here is the band competing in the Grade 3A final at the 2014 World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Conor is featured pretty prominently. They're headed off to the Worlds again in just a few weeks!