Cincinnati Caledonian Pipes & Drums Band

Jon Quigg

In 1973 at the age of 13, Jon Quigg was very fortunate to begin his drumming career in the Annapolis Juvenile Pipe Band. As a direct result, he counts his primary influences – among many – to be John Bosworth and Alex Duthart. In 1976, he moved into the professional solo competitor ranks and into the Grade 2 Denny and Dunipace Pipe Band of Washington, DC, currently known as the City of Washington Pipe Band (CoW). While “the Denny band” has always been home, over the years he has guested with a number of groups around the world, including bands in Monterey, San Francisco, Vancouver, Honolulu and Tokyo. In 1989, he assumed the Drum Sergeant position and helped the home band garner numerous North American contest wins, culminating in their hard-won results at the 1999 World Pipe Band Championships where both the drum corps and the band as a whole took respective firsts in Grade 2.

The latter years of his successful pipe band competition career include top honors for the CoW drumline’s performances at the 2009 and 2010 Kansas City Winter Storm drum salute contests. Additionally, he has taken part in recording projects with fiddler, Bonnie Rideout, and for the educational percussion company, Row-Loff Productions in Nashville. His teaching workload, greatly expanded with the advent of Skype, includes summer schools, master classes and band clinics around North America. He’s been fortunate to perform for heads of state as well as celebrities, and as a member of the EUSPBA judges’ panel, can be seen regularly wielding a clipboard around the North American pipe band scene each competition season.

Since handing off his drum sergeant position with the City of Washington band in 2010, he has been taking time to indulge his interests in the alternate rudimental drumming universes of Drum and Bugle Corps and Fife and Drum Corps, as well developing a pipe band drumstick with the venerable Cooperman Company from the that latter F&DC orbit. Additionally, he’s working on a book that will present Scottish drumming to these wider audiences. He lives north of Baltimore, MD, with his wife, Beth, and Mac[Dubh], the sight-challenged über canine of unknown origin.