Rob has been very active in the Hampton Roads, Virginia Scottish community for many years. He has been studying and playing the Great Highland Bagpipe for over twenty-four years and is available to perform at weddings, memorials, military functions, and other special events throughout southeast Virginia and northeast North Carolina. The haunting music of the pipes has always touched his spirit.
Rob is a member of The Eastern United States Pipe Band Association and holds the rank of Pipe Sergeant in the Newport News Police Pipes and Drums. He is a member and Past President of Tidewater Pipes and Drums and was a founding member of the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Pipe Band where he held the rank of Pipe Sergeant until that band’s re-amalgamation with Tidewater Pipes and Drums in 2003. Rob was the 2001 recipient of the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office Achievement Award for continued outstanding service to the Chesapeake community through his participation with the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Pipe Band.
Rob occasionally performs with the folk groups Tanner’s Creek Whalers and Heely and Wilson, and plays Scottish Smallpipes in the duo Harp & Pipe. He also had the pleasure of performing with the Virginia Symphony in February 2000, at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Rededication Ceremony in May 2001, and at the Memorial Ceremony for the raising of the gun turret of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor in August 2002.
Rob is learning to speak the Gaelic language and is a founding member of The Scots Gaelic Society of Tidewater, under the auspices of An Comunn Gaidhleach America (The Gaelic Society of America). He also has been studying the works of Scottish Poet Laureate Robert Burns for over twenty years and frequently performs "To a Haggis", "Tam O' Shanter", and other Burns classics at area schools, Burns Nights, and other Scottish events.
Rob is active in other local and national Scottish organizations, including The Clan Stewart Society in America (Virginia State Commissioner), The Saint Andrew’s Society of Tidewater (Secretary), The Scottish Society of Tidewater (Vice President), and An Cuideagh O Corn O Uisghebeathe.
Rob was admitted as a Fellow of The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in 2003 and in 2004 he received the accolade of Knighthood in The Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem where he serves as Piper for The Priory of Saint Thomas à Becket in Raleigh, NC and for The Preceptory of Iona in Williamsburg, VA.
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