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  • Birthday 10/11/1966

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    Drum Major, Pipes & Drums of the Houston Irish. For more information about our band contact us at

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  1. I'm late in replying .... but welcome none the less! ( From the Gulf Coast )
  2. For those who are interested in our band, you can find us on Facebook at: DRUMS AND PIPES OF THE HOUSTON IRISH
  3. FJR, THANK YOU! We stand at three effectives at the moment. Not bad for only being back in service for three weeks :-)
  4. Up the Irish! The Texas Wild Geese have now reformed ranks and are on the march! We've just gotten the band off the ground and are recruiting for pipers and drummers who wish to play in a REGIMENTAL-style ( read: military ) pipe band in Texas. Our Facebook page is now up:
  5. Our band will be wearing the Royal Irish Rangers Caubeen bonnet with a Civil war-style Irish harp badge ( honoring both Union and Confederate troops who served, 1861-65 ) with a black hackle. The black hackle denotes remembrance of all unaccounted for Prisoners of War ( POW ) in the United States and Allied Force nations since the Second World War ( 1939-45 ).
  6. .... after seven years, the Texas Wild Geese have reformed ranks and are back. The Drums & Pipes of the Houston Irish and will be cranking up soon. Our email has changed ( ) and you can also reach us on Facebook: Drums and Pipes of the Houston Irish. FIND US HERE ..... All the best. UP THE IRISH! Mick
  7. After a delay of nearly a decade, the Drums and Pipes of the Houston Irish are back!

  8. The black beret was adopted by the Board of Directors of the Cold War Veterans Association (CWVA) in early 2000 if memory serves correct. I began wearing mine a year later with the CWVA cap badge. Since that time, I have continued it as it represents my years of federal and state service. However, I have had veterans (and not a few non-veterans) come up and ask me about it.
  9. Our band website is now live:
  10. Hey Bran, Sorry I could not make it to the Highland Games. I was at my parents in Sugarland when the sky fell and they got 3in in less than 7 minutes (total of 6in of rain in one hour). The ground floor flooded so I ran about opening up the French drains outside and helping sweep out the water when the deluge receeded. Give us a report on the Games! How many bands? What did you wear? Beer tent! Beer tent! Glad to know the restaurant staff liked your kilts!
  11. A black beret seems to me, to be appreciable headgear for use at an American highland games or feis. As long as the cloth DUI backing is removed and a clan badge or club badge attached, I see no harm in it. However, I would not wear a black beret outside of a games, Burn's Supper or local gathering or association dinner due to the problems you may have with veterans. Years ago, I wore the headgear of our veteran's association (black beret with veterans badge, blue blazer, regimental tie, greyslacks, polished low quarters) to a Veteran's Day parade with three decorated Canada veterans we had invited to come down and march with us. Before the parade began a veteran from a well known American veterans organization hastily wobbled over to us and angrily confronted me: "Young man! Did you earn that beret? Did you pass Ranger school?" I explained that this was the headgear of our duly-constituted, Congressionally recognized veterans organization, which obviously did not satisfy. We went back and forth until this gentlemen left. The moral of the story: Be careful of what you wear, and when. Even though you are honoring your heritage, others may not see it that way.
  12. Bran, Many thanks for you kindness of passing on my email. Our band is always open for basic chanter practice for those who wish to learn. Regards.
  13. "My Boston bretheren!" Yankee is a filial term used with dispersion (s/p) (!) against our Northern cousins! BTW, superb, on-the-ground work by BPD, Massachusetts State Police (who know how to wear their smokey's), FBI and various police agencies. When terrorists go to ground, nothing but solid, slow, plodding police work uncovers evidence to make arrests. Well done Boston. Not only that, the people stayed indoors, allowing the Police to sweep the neighborhoods properly and, in time, find the Islamofascist terrorist hiding in the boat. Well done Bostonians!
  14. We provide basic chanter instruction (scale, grace notes, breathing, etc), dress, drill, deportment and rudimentary (flourishing) tenor and bass drum, what we consider the well rounded necessary "basics" of pipe band. Afterwards, we repair to either Keneally's or The Harp for a pint!