Our Drum Corps now boasts 3 bass drummers, 5 tenor drummers and over a dozen snare drummers, not to mention a beautiful set of drums.
We’d like to introduce you to all our drummers – the real people who make up our band.
By day our Lead Drummer Lynsey is an Instrumental Music Instructor for Perth and Kinross Council and loves teaching the next generation of drummers and percussionists.
She started her Pipe Band playing career in Kinross ad District Pipe band under the instruction of Winnie Crawford. Once she started studying Music at Perth College pipe bands took a back seat for a while as she concentrated on her studies specialising in Drum Kit.
After a playing gap of about 20 years from Pipe Bands Lynsey was asked to join the newly formed Communities of Cardenden Pipe Band in 2016. Lynsey became the leading drummer of the Cardenden band in 2018.
Lynsey thinks it is an absolute honour to be the lead drummer of Saor Alba Pipes and Drums.
Assistant Lead Drummer
Gerry, from Galashiels lives in the Scottish borders. He’s been playing with pipe bands since he was a boy (many moons ago).
He’s known as the bands joker and loves a good wind up. He also loves a dram (or 3). He is renowned for his hip flasks – now renamed Gerry Cans due to their size.
He wants to see Scotland free from Westminster rule.
Lead Tenor Drummer
Tammy our lead tenor drummer is a very busy lady. She lives in Burntisland in Fife – married with two lovely children she works as a Lash Technician and barmaid.
She joined the pipe band world in 1998 at the tender age of 8 as a piper. She played the bagpipes for 8 years before moving onto drums. She’s been teaching kids and adults to play for many years.
When Tammy isnt playing the drums she spends her time fundraising for the Scottish Huntingtons Association
Tammy wins the award for most dedicated to the band … after our first band performance on Lewis she went home and had the band logo tattooed on her elbow. Now that’s commitment !
Lead Bass Drummer
Our youngest drummer Pixie is just 13 years old and sister to our youngest piper Daniel. Pixie lives way up in Sutherland on the family croft. She started playing the drums in February 2018 taking lessons with The Royal Burgh of Tain Pipeband, earning her place in that band in August. Pixie loves to collect drum sticks and now has them in most colours !
She hopes to study medicine, and is currently working really hard to get the grades for Edinburgh medical school. Free university tuition and freedom of movement are really important to her for her future plans.
Nick is the only member of the band who lives in England – he’s currently based in deepest Suffolk, so does a huge amount of travelling to join us at practices and marches !
After a military career in both the Royal Navy and Royal Airforce he is now semi- retired working in the NHS. Nick learned to drum in the Army and Sea Cadets as a boy. At home he also plays the Highland and Small pipes.
Nick has played a drum on some of the major battlefields of Europe and America as a Historical Reenactor in Jacobite, Napoleonic and American Civil War groups.
John is from the Kingdom of Fife. He started learning to play 34 years ago.
His day job is as an NDT inspector offshore. When he’s not working he likes to keep fit, hill walking, spending quality time with his grandchildren and socialising.
John believes Scotland is more than capable of standing on it’s own as an independent country in Europe and Independence would benefit our future generation.
He says playing with Saor Alba is a pleasure and privilege and the prize of Independence for Scotland is very exciting.