Candidate for Chair: Joe Brady
Pipe and drum bands have been a part of Joe Brady’s life since he was 9 years old –
learning under the tutelage of Chicago’s oldest band — the Stockyard Kilties and later playing with the Chicago Police pipe bands. Upon moving to North Carolina in 2005 he formed the Wake and District Public Safety Pipes and Drums and is currently developing a juvenile program – the Crossroad Kilty band. “I’m not the greatest piper in the circle” said Brady, “but I know how to organize and promote a program while raising the level and recognition of the music I love”. Brady is a retired police officer and current band manager of the Wake and District pipe band program.
Candidate for Chair: Bill Caudill
Bill Caudill is a Professional Piper who has been playing the pipes since 1977. He was first involved in the Charlotte Caledonian Pipe Band until joining the Grandfather Mountain
Highlanders in 1982. He remained with the Grandfather Mountain band until 2005, having served as P/S, and P/M (1987-1991) in part during the band’s brief stint in Grade II. He is founder and instructor of the St. Andrews University Pipe Band and has led that band from humble beginnings to become of of the most consistent Grade III bands in the EUSPBA. He also assisted as a member of the Charleston Police Pipe Band during their short run in Grade II from 2005-2008. He is also founder and Chairman of the Scotland County Highland Games. He has served as a member of the EUSPBA Music Board (2002-2008), led the Music Board’s Judges Review committee, and served as an examiner for the Graduate Exams. Professionally he is a member of the faculty of St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, North Carolina, where he resides with his wife Anne, and sons John Alec, and Daniel.
Candidate for Chair: Tom Crawford
• Piper for 15 years. Currently Grade 2 solo piper and Pipe Major of North Atlanta Pipes & Drums
• Musician for 45 years – Multi-instrumentalist and member of Keltic Kudzu (newest CD
now available on CDBaby.com and at Entertainment Stage 2 at Stone Mountain Games!)
• On the Southern Branch Board as Chair or Treasurer since 2005
• 10 years as EUSPBA.org Webmaster
• 10 years of attendance at both EUSPBA and Southern Branch Annual General Meetings
• 3 years as Contest Director for the Atlanta Indoor Solo Piping Contest
• Assisted on Workshop Committees in Atlanta, Charleston, Columbia SC and Greenville
• I will explore bringing more educational opportunities to the Southern Branch, utilizing
both localized meetings and web-based instruction
• I believe that with your involvement, the Southern Branch can be a model for the other
branches, helping our members get the most out of their EUSPBA membership
Candidate for Secretary: Andrew Kerr
Hello, my name is Andrew Kerr and I’m seeking your vote for the EUSPBA Southern
branch Secretary position. I have been apart of the EUSPBA branch with bands and solo
competitions since 1985. Over the past 4 years I’ve been apart of the SPSL and RSPBA
organizations within the United Kingdom and Scotland. After 21 years in the US military I am now able to help out the Southern branch piping community. I would be honored for your vote to be the next EUSPBA Southern branch secretary.
Candidate for Secretary: Katy Rashid
Katy Rashid was born in the north of England to English and Pakistani parents. After her family emigrated to the United States, she spent most of her childhood in central New York, where she began chanter lessons at the age of 9 after watching the Mohawk Valley Frasers play at a girl scout meeting. Her first instructor was Jim Clough. As a young player, Katy benefited enormously from summer piping schools, where she was fortunate to have had the opportunity to study with many fine instructors, including Donald Lindsay, Ian McClellan, Jimmy McGregor, Ronnie Lawrie, and, most importantly, James McIntosh MBE. In 1987 she moved to Pittsburgh and began attending Carnegie Mellon University, where she would serve as Pipe Major of the CMU Pipe Band during four years of university (1987–1991) and again from 1992-1993. Under the tutelage of Jimmy McIntosh, Katy enjoyed a moderately successful solo career, ranking as the EUSPBA’s top overall Grade I piper in 1989 and placing first in the Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational that same year.
After a long break from piping, Katy moved to South Carolina in 1999, where she began
a family, a pipe band, and a new career as a piping instructor. In this she was greatly aided by Bob Worrall, who has been teacher, mentor, and good friend. She was delighted to become an active solo competitor once again and would like to thank all the people who make this possible, including her husband John, sons Rowan and Liam, and life-long teacher Jimmy McIntosh, who in 2012 was kind enough to move 10 miles away and take up the task of instructing her once again. Also in 2012, Katy moved into the Professional piping grade. Since then, she has successfully completed the EUSPBA’s Graduate Certificate and become an instructor at the North American Academy of Piping and Drumming. Katy enjoys playing with the Atlanta Pipe Band, instructing her piping students and her children, and working as Registrar at her sons’ soccer club. As a happy Southern transplant, she welcomes the opportunity to take on a larger role in the Southern branch of the EUSPBA.
Candidate for Treasurer: Peter Armstrong
Started to learn the bagpipes in 1998 from Sandy Jones. Since then he has competed solo and with the Charleston Police Pipes and Drums Grade 4 and is the playing instructor for the Grade 5 band.
He has been involved with the EUSPBA as a Games Monitor and former officer of the Southern Branch serving as Secretary and Member at Large. While serving the Southern Branch he assisted in producing workshops, “Meet the Judges” meeting after games and working with games directors to produce a better competition experience.
He is the former Director of Piping and Drumming of the Charleston Games, serving 11 years in that position. He is the organizer and Director of the Sandy Jones Invitational and Charleston Indoor Games.