Allan McCarthy

Allan has over 30 years of Pipe Band and Jazz Drumming experience. With learning from and being influenced by many great drummers such as John Kerr, Alex Duthart, Jimmy Agnew and Bert Barr. Allan had a lucrative solo career by winning multiple titles at the North American Championships and ultimately ending in Grade 2.


Allan started his pipe band career playing in The Ogilvie Pipe Band and has also played for the Sons of Scotland, CFB Ottawa Pipes and Drums, Ottawa Police Service Pipe Band  and the 78th Fraser Highlanders Ottawa Pipes and Drums. After taking a brief break, Allan currently plays for The Ottawa Highlanders and serves as the Lead tip and instructor for The Ottawa Caledonian Pipes and Drums. He is a civilian drumming instructor for Cadets Canada and involved in many regional cadet music functions.

Allan has two children who are also both avid drummers and percussionists.

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