Dennis' involvement with the bagpipe and pipe bands started in 1964. His 18 years with the New Zealand Police Pipe Band (1985-2003), one of the Worlds top Grade 1 bands (9th in the 1998 Worlds Championships), has served to give Dennis the knowledge, skills and experience to pass on to other bands to help them improve their standard of playing. While he was a member of the New Zealand Police Pipe Band, Dennis acted as a tutor to a lower grade band close to his city of residence for the two years prior to his move to Colorado. Under Dennis' guidance and tutoring the standard of the band increased noticeably over that time. On moving to Colorado in December 2003, Dennis joined the Centennial State Pipe Band in Denver where his knowledge, skills and experiences were put to use in the role of 'sound man' for the band's 2004 contest season. In 2005 Dennis joined a band closer to home, the Fort Collins Pipe Band. His knowledge, skills and experiences saw him very quickly appointed as the Pipe Major and Musical Director of the Band. Following that successful tenure, Dennis joined the Grade 2 Queen City Pipe Band as a competing member for several seasons. Dennis served as the instructor and a competing member of the High Desert Pipes and Drums, based out of Albuquerque NM, including their 2019 trip to Scotland to compete in The Worlds. Following that journey, Dennis joined the Michael Collins Pipes and Drums of Denver, and has just been appointed to serve as their Pipe Major. Dennis is also a WUSPBA Adjudicator for both Band and Solo Piping.
Dennis is available to consult to other pipe bands in the form of tutoring and seminars. Fees for these services are specific to the individual circumstances and are negotiable separately with the band seeking his consultancy services.
Last updated December 12, 2020