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.
Jaymee originally a orchestral percussionist, followed in her fathers footsteps quickly. She started playing piano at the young age of 7 and switched to percussion when she hit high school. Jaymee completed her studies at the University of Ottawa Bachelor of Music program in percussion. With in her time at the University of Ottawa she studied with Jonathan Wade, Kenneth Simpson and Andrew Harris of the NAC Orchestra and was also guided by other great musicians like Daniel Gress, David Currie and Alain Trudel.
Being the Daughter of snare drummer Allan McCarthy and niece of piper Robert McCarthy, Jaymee started playing Tenor drum with them in the 78th Fraser Highlanders and quickly switched to bass drum. She instructs at Ottawa Caledonian and at Air Cadet Squadrons, 5, 832, and 742. Beyond Music, when Jaymee is blessed with free time she enjoys spending time outdoors, with friends and hiking.