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Founding Pipe Major Fran Emerson
In 2002 Fran led the founding members of the Canberra Celtic Pipe Band to form a new band as she and others felt there was a need for a band in Canberra that focused on competition, dancing and social/community events. Fran passed away 25/3/2022. her organising and inspiration is missed

John Uren - Piper
Whilst looking for a hobby that was both exciting and different to balance the tedium of 9 to 5 dentistry, John tried learning Gaelic, saxophone, violin, clarinet, unicycling, tap dancing and finally commenced learning the pipes in 1990 with the Burns Club Pipe Band.
He has not tried another hobby since that time though he has acquired a range of instruments including a ukulele banjo, bugle, didgeridoo, hunting horn, tin whistles (small and large), Theremin (makes the weird music for Dr. Who), Thai banjo, harmonica, trumpet, small pipes and northumbrian pipes all of which he plans to master when he grows up.

Under the excellent tutelage of Bobbie Tate he became a dedicated piobaireached fan and also has plans to become world champion piobaireached player when he grows up. He joined the Canberra City Pipes and Drums in 1995 and was one of the 4 founding members of the Canberra Celtic Pipe Band acting as treasurer and pipe sergeant for the first two years.

John spends his spare time riding his Red Triumph Daytona 1200 motorbike and driving his 1967 XR Ford Ute. John plans to fix up his car and ute, someday, probably when he grows up. His favourite colour is red except for dogs which he thinks should be black and white.

Stephen Ross
Stephen commenced the pipes with The Scots College Sydney becoming Pipe Sergeant - main tutor was Bill Hart. Bill made him bellows small pipes http://www.iona-bagpipes.com/.
Highlights at school included performing at the Edinburgh Tattoo in 1973 and drilling by legendary Sergeant Murray.
He lived in Scotland for work but had a brief attachment with Arbroath Pipe Band. He joined CCPB in 2006.
Stephen currently performs regularly for the Australian War Memorial closing ceremony.
In July 2009 he attended the National Piping Centre in Glasgow and passed Level 4 Certificate in Piping for Piping and Drumming Qualification Board ( incorporates Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association). He plays Strathmore Bagpipes. Enjoys Skype with Jori Chisholm www.bagpipelessons.com - & Murray Henderson - see www.hendersonreedmakers.com/
Winner Silver Medal RU Brown Piobaireachd Society SA May 2012

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