About Us 

Bagpipe Services Australia is owned and operated by Robert Pearce OAM who is currently Australia's only full-time highland bagpipe maker.  Robert is a professional bagpipe player for weddings, funerals, parties, corporate events and special occasions or functions.

 

Pipe Major Robert Pearce OAM
Pipe Major: Northern Suburbs Pipe Band
Awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for “Service to music, particularly through the pipe band movement as a player, tutor, administrator, adjudicator and craftsman.”

Solo Competitor
One of NSW most successful solo pipers.
NSW State Champion many times.
NSW Pipers’ Society Silver Chalice Piobaireachd Competition six times winner.

Stage Performer
Performed solo and with his pipe band in Scottish stage and review shows with Kenneth Mackellar, Billy Raymond, Arthur Spink and Jennifer Shaw.

Bagpipe Maker and Repairer
Manufacturer of GlenAlan bagpipes, chanters, dual section stocks and ‘SureStop’ drone valves.  Complete repair and refurbishing services.

Biography
Robert Pearce has been an avid piper since the age of ten. He has become one of New South Wales’ most successful solo pipers. He is also Pipe Major of the Northern Suburbs Pipe Band.

Although Robert’s profession was teaching, during his early days he worked as a machinist making equipment for the mining industry. He also tested bagpipes for James (Jimmy) Martin who migrated to Australia from Edinburgh where he was foreman to the bagpipe-maker James Robertson. Robert learnt the craft of bagpipe making by closely observing Jimmy’s skills and techniques.

At 17 he was taught to make leather pipe bags and cane drone reeds by his principal piping tutor, Ray Anderson and had made his first set of pipes by the age of 20. He continued to make leather bags, practice chanters and complete sets of pipes as well as doing repairs and maintenance on a part-time basis until he resigned from the Department of School Education in 2000 to follow his passion for making the Great Highland Bagpipe.

Robert uses top quality African Blackwood and Alternative Ivory. He takes pride in his craftsmanship and the GlenAlan bagpipes he makes are recognised for their superior quality sound and finish.

     

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