Heald Green, Cheshire and covers North Wales, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire and Cumbria.
Regimental No.1 Dress and Formal Daywear / Evening Wear. Tartans include Clan Macbean, Royal Stewart, Earl of St Andrews, Highland Mist and Diaspora (Irish).
Stephen began learning the bagpipes at the age of twelve. He was taught at the Scots Guards Association in Manchester by Bob Lyle who was Pipe Major of the band for a number of years. Steve played with the band for two years and then moved on to form the Wythenshawe Pipe Band with a number of other players. This was the first time he had played in competitions with a band and as a solo piper. Steve then moved on and joined The Phoenix Pipe Band in which he played with for twenty years, in which time the band went from grade 4 up into grade 2 also competing in grade 1 (highest grade). Steve then joined the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Pipe Band as Pipe Sergeant. In 2006 he rejoined the Manchester Phoenix Pipe Band who are now a Grade 3b pipe band. Steve is currently Pipe Sergeant of the band. He regularly plays in solo piping contests and has won a number of trophies.
Stephen can be available to play in most areas of the north west of England, he’s played at hundreds of weddings, funerals, parties, Burns nights, New Year’s Eve event, plus many other functions including television and radio.
“Steve attended the restaurant where we were celebrating my Dads 70th Birthday. My dad was over the moon!!! One moment we are cheering and clapping and the next we have tears in our eyes!!! He was fantastic and added the extra special touch to my Dads Birthday. Would highly recommend!” – Michelle McNulty
” On behalf of all the family thank you so much for playing at my Dad’s funeral yesterday. It was poignant, full of class and a perfect tribute! Would highly recommend to anyone. Thank you x ” – Julie Alder
” Steve was a last minute replacement but we need not have been concerned. He was prompt for our 6am event and dressed immaculately. He played a variety of tunes and held 70 parishioners spellbound as we commemorated the end of WW1. Highly recommended. ” – Martyn Hordern
” I have played alongside Steve as a duo at many prestigious events in the UK and abroad. He’s always well turned out and plays his pipes exceptionally well. ” – Ed Arnold