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.