Phoenix Pipe Band Executive Board
President – Mike Kotzbach
Vice President – Geof Shively
Treasurer – Elizabeth Cox
Secretary & Social Media Manager – Julie Espy
Phoenix Pipe Band Musical Leadership
Grade 3 Pipe Major – Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson began his gratifying Scottish arts career in the 1980s as a student in the Dunedin, FL school system. Following relocation to Indianapolis and piping instruction by his mother and the late Roddy MacDonald, Jr., Jeff returned to Florida and joined the Grade II City of Dunedin Pipe Band. At that time, Jeff began private instruction with Sandy MacPhee and climbed the solo ranks. He won the Southern United States Pipe Band Association (SUSPBA) Champion Supreme title for multiple consecutive years and was promoted to the professional class by the mid 1990s. Jeff was further influenced by instructors Sandy Keith, Mike Cusack, Donald MacPhee, and Jimmy McIntosh, MBE.
During his university years, Jeff organized and led the University City Pipe Band in Gainesville, FL. After graduation, Jeff returned to the Tampa area and the City of Dunedin Pipe Band. Jeff served as chairman of the SUSPBA Music Advisory Board from 2003 to 2012. He chaired the Music Initiatives Advisory Committee for the Alliance of North American Pipe Band Associations (ANAPBA) summit in 2006. He is a qualified piping adjudicator on the EUSPBA and WUSPBA judges’ panels and has judged from California to Florida. Jeff resides in Prescott, Arizona and is the pipe major of the Grade 3 Phoenix Pipe Band. He serves on the WUSPBA Music Board and teaches piping in the Lifelong Learning program at Yavapai College.
Grade 3 Pipe Sergeant – Will Thayer
Will Thayer started on the bagpipes when he was 17. He first started playing with pipe bands in 2004 when he joined the Spirit of Scotland pipe band. A few years after the band merged with the Mesa Caledonia Pipe Band, Will started performing with the Renaissance Rock and Roll band called Tartanic, and still plays with them today. Will joined the Phoenix Pipe Band in 2015 and loves playing with the group. He currently competes in Grade 1 solo piping in addition to competing with the band. Will’s dream is to be playing with his children in the circle one day.
Grade 5 Pipe Major – Neil Bacon
Phoenix Pipe Band Officers
Quarter Master – Noah Cox
Travel Coordinator – Julie Espy