2020 Phoenix Pipe Band Executive Board
President – Andy Minto
Vice President – Paul Nies
Treasurer – Elizabeth Cox
Secretary – Rod Bain
Phoenix Pipe Band Musical Leadership
Grade 3 Pipe Major – Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson began his gratifying Scottish arts career in the Dunedin, Florida school system, joining the Grade 2 City of Dunedin Pipe Band his junior year at Dunedin High School. He won the Southern United States Pipe Band Association (SUSPBA) Champion Supreme title for multiple consecutive years and was promoted to the solo open class in 1996.
During college, Jeff organized and led the University City Pipe Band in Gainesville, FL and returned to the City of Dunedin Pipe Band after graduation. He served as chairman of the SUSPBA Music Advisory Board from 2003 to 2012. He is a qualified piping adjudicator on the EUSPBA and WUSPBA judges’ panels and has judged solo piping and pipe bands from California to Florida. Jeff resides in Scottsdale, Arizona and is the pipe major of the Grade 3 Phoenix Pipe Band. He has served on the grading committee for the WUSPBA Music Board since 2013, has taught piping in the Lifelong Learning program at Yavapai College, and routinely teaches several successful, prize-winning students across Arizona.
Grade 3 Drum Sergeant – Kris Gordon
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
Grade 5 Pipe Sergeant – Geof Shively
Phoenix Pipe Band Chairs
Quarter Master – Len Wood
Travel Coordinator – Gloria Cardenas
Social Media – Katelyn Gale and Dallas Gale
WUSPBA Desert Branch Member-at-Large – Marianne Sullivan