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Piper Tom Matthews

Name:   Tom Matthews

Email:   tom_matthews@hvrpolicepipesanddrums.org
County:   Orange
Occupation:   NYPD Captain (Ret)
Position In Band:   Piper

Family Coat of Arms Clan Tartan
When did you start piping? 1991
How did you get your start in piping?

One St Paddy's Day, a long time ago, in a drunken stupor, I made a promise to myself, that one day I would play the pipes. I didn't realize, it would take this long.

Who was/were your teacher(s)? Jeff Baynon, NYPD & Sue Hegney Bergen Irish.
What make of bagpipes do you play?  Haven't the vaguest idea - very old!
Favorite Pipe tune? Dr Ross's 50th Welcome to the Argyllshire Gathering
Favorite Pipe band? Glasgow City Pipe Band
What bands have you played with? HVR Police Pipes & Drums is the only one. Unless you want to count me and Mike Hudson.
What is your most memorable moment during your piping career? Played at my best friend's funeral.
What would your wish be for the band in the next few years? To start a competition band, but no higher than grade 5. Any higher would be too much work!!!!
What is the best tip that you can suggest to a new piper? Enjoy yourself, sooner or later, it will all come together.