• Kernow Pipes & Drums, Premier Pipe & Drum marching band in Cornwall
  • Kernow Pipes & Drums, Premier Pipe & Drum marching band in Cornwall
  • Kernow Pipes & Drums, Premier Pipe & Drum marching band in Cornwall
  • Kernow Pipes & Drums, Premier Pipe & Drum marching band in Cornwall
  • Kernow Pipes & Drums, Premier Pipe & Drum marching band in Cornwall
  • Kernow Pipes & Drums, Premier Pipe & Drum marching band in Cornwall

James Maher

James Maher, lead drummer with Kernow Pipes & DrumsI am something of a 'drummer-holic', having taken up the drumsticks at the age of ten with the Coventry School of Music, Junior Corps of Drums, and progressing at age fourteen into the Senior band.  I played with this band at Villa Park, Cardiff Arms Park and Twickenham.  My first encounter with pipe bands was when I joined the Royal British Legion - Standard Motors Pipe Band.  We played many engagements in various locations. Later I became a member of the Corps of Drums attached to the 5th battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (formerly the Royal Warwickshire Regiment) and played amongst others at the Royal Tournament, Earl's Court and the Glasgow Military Tattoo, Milngavie.

We are an easy-going group of people with the Kernow Pipes and Drums.  There are no ranks, we're all on a level playing field and progressing all the time, thanks to excellent tuition.  We welcome all who are interested and I personally wish to increase membership of the drum corps.

Geoff Mitchell

Geoff Mitchell, drummer with Kernow Pipes & Drums, CornwallBand Secretary Geoff Mitchell joined the Army at age 17 and served in the Royal Tank Regiment.  On leaving, he worked in the car industry as an Engineering Machinist, but later obtained a sponsorship to the London School of Economics and Political Science where he gained a diploma in Social Studies.  Following this he worked for the London Borough of Hamersmith and Fulham, becoming a Senior Social Worker until his early retirement and subsequent move to Cornwall 25 years ago.

Having played in Pipe bands in London, Geoff has played in Pipe Bands in Cornwall as a drummer for the last 19 years.

Geoff is married to Ann, who also helps out with the Band, making tea on practice nights among other things; they have four children and seven grandchildren.

Being Band Secretary is Geoff's main pre-occupation - contact him This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone on 01503 262809 to book Kernow Pipes and Drums for your event.

Tom Wheeler

Tom Wheeler, snare drummer with Kernow Pipes & Drums, CornwallSnare drummer Tom Wheeler joined the RAF as a boy apprentice and served for 34 years, reaching the rank of Squadron Leader before he retired.  Following this he worked as an Airfield Electrician at Newquay Airport.  

Tom previously played with the RAF band for five years and following moving to Cornwall, he joined the Cornwall Caledonian Band, then later moved to Kernow Pipes and Drums, where he has been playing for the past four years.  He has also played with Exeter City Pipe Band, visiting Spain celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the famous battle for the bridge at Arnhem (John Frost Bridge).  Tom has also played with the Royal Regiments of Scotland at the Gelledrome Stadium, home of FC Arnhem, Holland.

Keith Ives

Keith Ives, bass drummer with Kernow Pipes & Drums, Cornwall
Keith Ives from St Mawes has recently joined the Kernow Pipes and Drums and is their new Bass Drummer.

His last drumming experience was in 1974, playing a tenor drum in the Giggleswick School C.C.F. Band.

For 30 years he was a chef, having trained at the Savoy Hotel in London. He now runs a mobile knife and tool sharpening business. Other interests include Amateur Dramatics (He is the Stage Manager for St Mawes Players) and  a governor at St Mawes C.P. School.

Andrew Gower

Andrew Gower, tenor drummer with Kernow Pipes & DrumsHaving been born and raised in Yorkshire, I have now lived and worked in my adoptive home of Cornwall since 1980.

During the 80`s served voluntary service in Civil Defence/Civil Protection, Emergency Planning and Local Govt, and in the 90`s the Somerset And Cornwall Light Infantry.  Now as a serving Knight Templar, I organise and support events for both local and International Charities. As well as being a local Scout Leader, I also run the family Art Gallery in St.Ives.

I have always loved the sounds of pipes and drums and joined several years after my father, who plays the pipes. I chose to learn and play the tenor drum and I am proud to be part of a very welcoming and friendly band and drum corps. I enjoy the camaraderie and challenges the band brings and I am now honoured to have been appointed the band's Drum Major.


Fred Statham

Fred Statham, tenor drummer with Kernow Pipes & Drums

I have always done something musical from quite young. I played the drum in the army cadets band and then the bugle in the merchant navy training school. My late brother and I formed a group. Later, after travelling to South Africa and the Persion Gulf, I returned to Lincoln to my girlfriend Jennifer and we got married a year later. We have three sons and one daughter and five grand children and two great grand children. 

I was in the TA and TAVR  for about fifteen yrs and before we came to Cornwall, I was in the RAF auxillary regiment for about three years. When we came to work in Cornwall I joined the Marazion Apollo choir and was in that for about sixteen years, also at Cape Cornwall coastwatch for about ten.

When I was told about the Kernow Pipes and Drums I was happy to join the band. They are a wonderful bunch and help is always at hand if needed. I am honoured to be a part of it.

Don Urquart-Potts

Don Urquart Potts, side drummer with Kernow Pipes & DrumsPlayed for twenty years in the drum corps of the Clan Urquhart Highlanders in Cheshire. I have had the privilege of attending four Marie Curie fund raising Pipe Fests in Edinburgh, when up to two thousand pipers from all over the world meet and play as they march through the city.

Have enjoyed playing the pipes and drums in the Kernow pipe band since 2008 and find it a very happy band.