• 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

Dave Cox

Dave Cox, quartermaster and piper with Kernow Pipes & Drums, CornwallBorn in London but raised in Devon, I disappointed my mother by not wanting to play the violin as a child!  Whilst still at school, I joined the Air Training Corps, subsequently joining the  R.A.F. as an apprentice. It was at R.A.F. Halton that I was introduced to the pipe bands for which Halton was famous, however, with the pressure of learning to be an aircraft electrician I did not have the time to learn to play the pipes. My only regret in life, even more so since my grandfather had played the clarinet in the band of the Grenadier Guards.

When I completed my training I went first to R.A.F. Honington, then to Cyprus where I took up SCUBA diving, becoming suitably qualified to become part of the Near East Air Force salvage team. While acting as a diving instructor I met up with a certain member  of the W.R.A.F. who later became my wife.  Returning  home I was back at R.A.F. Honington for a while but with the demise of the V- Bombers I was posted  to R.A.F. St. Mawgan spending 3 years there before leaving the R.A.F. to join up with Teddingon Controls.  I worked for them for 35 years before retiring in 2003. 

At this point, I went back to school, at Newquay College, and studied for a Foundation Degree in Marine Aquaculture. When I got that in 2005 I was at a loose end again and my friends at Teddingtons considered that I had become too much of an academic and invited me back to work again for another 3 years before I got to retire to  a nice peaceful life, gardening, Seasearch reporting for Cornwall Wild Life Trust (counting fish and blades of eel grass) and walking the dogs.

It was while walking the dogs in 2009 that I found somebody’s camera chip on the pavement. I dropped it into the police station in St. Austell and the young lady behind the desk commented on my writing being “just like my pipe tutor’s”. I replied that my only regret in life was not taking up the pipes when I had the chance and received a fairly lengthy briefing on Kernow Pipes and Drums.

I duly enlisted the next week....