CALGARY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Drum Major/Band Director Mike Bertin
With instruction from Geoff Macintosh and Geoff Rogers, Mike became lead tip of the Calgary International Airport Pipe Band. In addition to his abilities for snare drumming and planning and organization, Mike learned to compose drum scores for the drum corps. He studied the techniques of the Drum Major and has performed in this role on many occasions, most notably, leading the Alberta Massed Pipes and Drums in the Stampede Parade.
When not working with the Pipe Band, Mike is actively involved as a coach and referee in the sport of Ringette.
Drum Sergeant Bob Caughell
While playing with the Fort Garry Horse Bugle Band, he performed at various events and tattoos in Germany.The highlight was playing before Her Majesty the Queen on her initial visit there.
Bob retired from the military and joined the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires at the Calgary International Airport. He joined the Calgary International Airport Pipe Band to learn highland side drumming. He often plays lead tip for our group.
Piper Sharon Dyler
Sharon is a Border Service Officer at the Calgary International Airport. She began learning to play the bagpipes and made her piping debut with the Calgary International Airport Pipe Band in 2005.
Pipe Major Marjorie Zander
After attending a particularly lively New Year’s Eve Hogmanay, Marjorie was afforded an opportunity to take practice chanter lessons. Thus began her journey into the most interesting (and yes, frustrating) world of learning to pipe as an adult. She received tuition from Iris-Dawn Naylor and later Pipe Major Lynn Ost. She played with the Glengarry Highlanders before joining the newly formed Airport Pipe Band in 1999.
For the 2001 Airport Remembrance Day ceremony, Marjorie transposed into pipe music a favourite piece of music 'In Flanders Fields' written by a former teaching colleague for choir. She then composed a harmony to it and the band performed it for the ceremony. She has also composed the harmonies for a number of tunes in the band repertoire.
In August 2006, Marjorie and fellow band member Dave Kirk became co-Pipe Majors, and Marjorie assumed sole Pipe Major duties and responsibilities on Dave's retirement from the band in May 2012.
Piper Mike Travers
Mike attended the Regina School of Piping in the summer of 2002. During the summer months in 2004, Mike managed a posting in Ireland and played with one of the pipe bands there to increase his experience in piping.
Piper David Atchison
David first learned the bagpipes in 1981 with the Canadian military at Edmonton, Alberta . In 1990, he set the pipes aside, only playing for special occasions. David works as a traffic control officer for Canada Post at the airport. It was here that he learned of and joined the Calgary International Airport Pipe Band. He enjoys the camaraderie of a group of friends that play together for the love of the music.