Born and raised in Guelph, Mark began piping in 2010 when he joined the 121 Red Arrows Air Cadet Pipe Band. In 2011, Mark joined the Guelph Pipe Band where he is currently still a member.
Mark began his piping tuition with Tyler Bridge and moved up the ranks quickly from grade five to the top level of grade one. He currently sees Bob Worral for Piobaireachd and light music tuition.
Mark is an active competitive solo piper at the top level of amateur piping in Ontario. This earned him invitations to the top amateur piping competitions in North America, the Nicol Brown Invitational in Albany NY, and the George Sherriff Invitational in Hamilton ON in 2017.
In the fall of 2016, Mark placed 1 st in Piobaireachd at the Balmoral Classic Solo Piping Championship in Pittsburgh. Mark also competes at the Toronto Knockout Piping Competition series and has received the John Wilson Memorial Piping Award, the Pipe Major Archie Dewar Memorial Piping Award, and the 6/8 March Geoff Neigh Piping Award.
Mark has graduated the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Program where he earned his glider pilots license and was Pipe Major of the Air Cadet Band. Mark also earned the Gold Level Duke of Edinburgh Award which is an international program designed to challenge and empower young people with focus on skill development, community service, physical fitness, and outdoor adventure. He was presented the award by Prince Harry at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto Canada.
Mark enjoys teaching bagpipes and helping his students develop a passion for pipe music. When he’s not piping, he is second year Engineering student at the University of Guelph.
Click below to see and hear Mark in action at the 2016 Balmoral Classic piping competition.