Andrew Fusco - Pipe Major - Teacher, Performer, Lovable Jerk
Much like Nietzsche's Ubermensch, Andy leads the band with gusto, or reserved exasperation... depends on the day. He is originally from Albany, NY and started playing pipes in 2000. He was originally taught by Desert Skye's first pipe major, Danny Packer, then spent a few years under the tutelage of Seumas Coyne.
For the past 4 years, he has been a student of Robert Watt of Northern Ireland. He is a solo competitor in Grade 2 and has even traveled to Scotland to play in the Worlds Championship in 2004. Andy also loves to rock the drums and is a die hard fan of Iron Maiden and the Philadelphia Eagles. He also very much loves Twinkies because of the excellent sugar rush.
Eric Poleski - Pipe Corporal - Fire Chief
Eric Poleski is the yin to Andy's yang. He helps do things that Andy is too tired or lazy to do. Eric began piping long ago, in a galaxy far far away and is now a Grade 3 soloist and an avid piobaireachder. He is also a Battalion Chief with the Clark County Fire Department and enjoys dicking around in the garage and playing with his eyes closed (see above).
Ken "Gin" Misch - Drum Major - Pediatrician
Ken is a long standing member of the band and is always ready to lead the charge of the pipes across the valley.
He earned his nickname from the card game, not the drink. Funny story about how Ken became Drum Major. The band was originally conceived on an idea between three old friends... Ken, Danny and Tony. They were sitting around playing cards, Gin specifically, and ironically enough, drinking Gin as well. Danny said, lets start a bagpipe band! Ken said, "what the "heck" do we know about bagpipes?"
None of them really knew what they were getting into so they googled pipe bands. Google said there were three main titles in a pipe band, Pipe Major, Drum Major and Drum Sergeant. So the friends proceeded to bet on your game of Gin as to who would get what position.
Ken lost the game, and thus the bet, so he had to become Drum Major. Turns out, he sort of won, because he was the only one that didn't have to learn how to play an instrument.
Oh yeah, and he is a doctor.
James Buggie - Piper - Lighting Tech, Dancer
Buggie used to eat bugs in high school, thus his name. He served as band president from 2006 until the end of 2011. At that point, he said he was "sick of my Andy's crap". Buggie has been an up and comer for longer than I can remember. I wish he would get there already.
Bugs is a solo competitor that just knows how to win. He moved up to Grade 3 for 2012. When asked what he thinks is best about life, he says "To crush your enemies, see them driven before you and hear the lamentation of their women." I don't know what that means but it sounds cool. He also loves hawaiian shirts.
Shawn Fowles - Pipe Minor - Cute Kid
Shawn loves piping. He wants to be in SFU some day. He also loves video games and dogs. He is the future lady killer in the band as you can tell.
Danny Packer - Piper - Hard Worker
Danny is the founder of what is now Desert Skye Pipe Band. He likes to tell us in gory detail about his medical issues. Danny is a grade 2 soloist when his wife lets him. Fortunately, she seems to want to get him out of the house this year so her gain is our gain. Danny is also a strong blower. Bagpipers know this is a good thing in many different ways.
Danny was the original Pipe Major and President and has held a significant position in the band since its inception. This is due to winning a bet over a card game with Ken. In the end, it turns out being pipe major might actually be considered losing the bet. Just ask any pipe major ;)
I can't explain what Danny really does for living, but it has something to do with computers and Taco Bell. All I know is he hands out coupons for free Taco Bell food now and again so he is very popular among band mates.
Jaden "Spud" Logan - Snare - Student
This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.