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I have had a long interest in learning to play the bagpipes and joined the Centerville Fire Department Pipes and Drums, Georgia's first and only fire department bagpipe band. Centerville is located just west of Warner Robins and can be reached via exit 146 on Interstate 75. Our kilts are in the Black Watch tartan, which is the border on this page. The band re-organized in 2004 and became the Heart of Georgia Pipes and Drums.

Below are a few pictures of the band and me.


That's me on the pipes and our snare drummer, Jeff Burcaw, at the City of Centerville's 40th birthday celebration at the Galleria Mall. Photo from the March 29, 1998, Macon Telegraph.


This is Dan Bray playing Dixie with me in the background. Photo from the March 29, 1998, Warner Robins Sunday Sun.


That's me with the power pole growing out of my head at the 1997 Warner Robins Christmas parade. Photo from the December 7, 1997, Macon Telegraph.


This is our band at a 1997 Veteran's memorial service in Macon. L to R are Marleen Bailie, Emory Dean, Dan Bray, George Lilley, John Fay, Brian Doak, Mike Martin, Janice Lilley, Tim and Jeff Burcaw.


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The Centerville Fire Department Pipes and Drums at the 2000 Charleston Scottish Games. Front row: Jay Jimerson, Julie Woodling, Dave Strickland and Jeff Burcaw. Back rows: Malcolm Williams, Krista Willimas, Mike Martin (me), Shirley Blunk, Joe Martin, Dan Bray, Janice Lilley, Brink Stokes, George Lilley and Mike Scarry.


At the 2001 Fort Frederica Spring Festival. Front Row:Phil McDevitt, Julie Woodling, Janice Lilley, Dave Strickland. Second row: Shirley Blunk. Third row: Mike Martin, Davida Hilton, Jay Jimerson. Top row: George Lilley and Dan Bray.

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From the April 6, 2001 Macon Telegraph. Congressman Saxby Chambliss (brown suit) and me at the Robins Air Force Base Museum of Aviation.




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