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Meet the Pipers

Updated: Feb 2, 2023

Scott:


The founder of Perth Bagpipes is Scott Hannah. He has played the pipes since he was nine years old and works as a professional piper in the WA Police Pipe Band. He has played in many different grade one pipe bands, such as Tayside Police Pipe Band, Strathclyde

Police Pipe Band, Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band, WA Police Pipe Band and the New Zealand Police Pipe Band.



Scott won the World Pipe Band Championships with Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band in 2015, Australia Pipe Band Championships with WA Police Pipe Band in 2016, and came 2nd in the New Zealand Pipe Band Championships with New Zealand Police in 2019.


Performing and teaching bagpipes all around Scotland and Europe since the age of fifteen, Scott played on live TV in Scotland twice on New Year’s Eve! Some of his career highlights include playing on stage with artists such as Sir Paul McCartney and The Piano Guys, and even performing for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


Scott was the WA Solo Piping Champion which he won in Fremantle in December 2018, and regularly plays whistle and flute with a traditional folk band around Perth.




Ryan:

ANZAC Piper

Ryan began his piping career in 2013 whilst attending Scotch College, in Perth, Western Australia, under the guidance of piping masters Norm de Grussa OAM and Craig Bailey. During his time with the Scotch College Pipe Band, he travelled to Canada to perform as a Lance Corporal at the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in 2017, helping celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. He later travelled to Scotland as Pipe Major of his band at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (REMT) in 2018. He then returned to Edinburgh Castle again in 2019 with The Royal Edinburgh Tattoo Pipes and Drums (formerly Pipers Trail). He was then given the opportunity to perform as a guest player with the Western Australian Police Pipe Band (WAPOL), once returning to Australia, at the REMT Tattoo held in Sydney, where Ryan became acquainted with Scott Hannah. He now takes great satisfaction in helping play for the clients of Perth Bagpipes.


Bronwyn:

Corporate Event Piper

The daughter of a Scotsman, Bronwyn Innes’ piping journey started as a seven-year-old Highland dancer in Christchurch, New Zealand. She played with the City of Christchurch Pipe Band from 11-13 until her family relocated to Perth, WA. In Perth, she joined the Fremantle Ladies Pipe Band at 14 and played with them for several years before moving to the City of South Perth Pipe Band, but left the band due to study and work commitments. She then had a family and was busy raising three boys with her husband, who now all work as musicians. She took the opportunity to learn the saxophone, an instrument she had always yearned to play.


Five years ago, her passion for piping was reignited watching her nephew begin to learn the pipes. She had been away from piping for 26 years. She found a band on the Internet that rehearsed on a night she was available and found herself in the Perth Metro Pipe Band. The following year, she travelled to the World Championships in Glasgow with them. She is currently a member of the WA Fire and Emergency Services Concert Band for eight years.


Her interest in music is now stronger than ever. She loves the teamwork associated with playing in bands and the great friendships she has made. She also loves the challenges of continually learning new music and the relaxation associated with immersing herself in music. In the past, she has also dabbled in tenor, snare and bass drumming, which has seen her play bass drum in the WA Charity Orchestra for a Christmas Pageant and snare and percussion in the WAFES Concert Band for a Christmas Pageant and Concert, respectively. She is currently learning to play bellows blown small pipes in her spare time.


Tom:

Perth Wedding Piper

Thomas Beggan began playing the Highland Bagpipes at the age of seventeen years old. He started by joining a local Pipe & Drum band in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA, where he advanced to play at various functions, including Parades, St. Patrick's Day Celebrations, and Community Events throughout the New York tri-state area.

As his Piping experience developed, he eventually joined a Grade 3 Competition Pipe & Drum Band based in Long Island, New York, where they competed throughout the Northeastern United States and Canada. In 1987 they travelled to Northern Ireland and competed in Scotland for the 1987 World Championships.

During those years, he undertook many private functions, including Weddings, Funerals, and other functions. He also played alongside fellow band players for Malcolm Forbes's 70th Birthday Party, including guests like Elizabeth Taylor.


After several years of playing, he put down his instrument to pursue a career and family life and upon migrating to Australia in 2009, he began to play again.


Upon his arrival in Perth, the City of Cockburn Pipe Band welcomed him, and he eventually entered Solo competitions. He then began to upskill his playing by undertaking private lessons and completing two Certificates in Piping. he later joined the Perth Metro Pipe Band and is currently a Perth Highland Pipe Band member.


His piping mainly involves Solo Piping in both a competitive and private nature. He has and continues to undertake various studies in music, receives private tuition and is currently President & Treasurer of the Highland Piping Society, promoting Scottish culture by way of Bagpipes.


He enjoys meeting and sharing my talent with various clientele, and he will always work hard towards his continual improvements and strive to give his best performance no matter the occasion.

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