They were founded in 2006 as a competitive pipe band, seeing rapid success in the Western US Pipe Band Association - winning season championships 4 times in 10 years (2 times in Grade 4 and 2 times in Grade 3)!
This fantastic band can be seen and heard playing their competition medley in the 2017 Las Vegas Highland Games (note: Whisky and Tartan is headed to the 2018 games this coming weekend!).
Pasadena’s representative is no “little old lady from Pasadena” - our calendar will be graced by Pipe Major Trevor Takahashi!
Trevor started piping in 2000 as a freshman in high school in the San Fernando Valley. He actually intended on being a clarinetist, but reluctantly took up the pipes after being convinced by a fellow clarinetist/bagpiper in the marching band.
He joined PSP&D when the band was only a year old and worked his way from being a new piper, to Pipe Sergeant, to Pipe Major!
Beyond piping, he enjoys making kilts, having learned from Elsie Stuehmeyer, and has several other creative outlets, including doing a lot of the band’s design needs (custom ties, incredible sporrans, bass drum logo, etc). We’re super excited to have PM Takahashi in the calendar!
Some Notes about Trevor (from the man, himself):
- I studied under John MacLean Allan and Ian Whitelaw.
- I'm ethnically 50% Japanese, 25% Chinese, and 25% Mexican; so really no family history connected to Scotland or the pipes 🙂.
- I grew up in Chatsworth (San Fernando Valley), a suburb of Los Angeles, and then attended the University of California Los Angeles where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. While at UCLA, I started an internship in the On-Air Creative department at Bravo Media, where I am now the Director of Production. Basically, I've never left Southern California!