The People of Boghall and Bathgate

Darren Owenson

Darren was born in Broxburn and grew up in Livingston. He first joined Boghall in 1984 and worked his way through the different grades in the organisation, playing for the Novice, Grade 3 and Grade 2 bands before joining the Grade 1 band in 1993. He initially received instruction from Tom Brown, but says that Ian MacLean had a significant impact on his development. Since taking over from Ian as the Grade 1 Bass Drummer in 1993, Darren has gone on to win numerous accolades, including multiple major drumming prizes and Champion of Champions awards, but his proudest achievements are his two Best Bass Section World titles in 1997 and 2001. Darren says that although he doesn’t have a particular favourite tune he vividly remembers the first tune he learned with the Grade 1 band being Balmoral Highlanders and as such this tune has always been a bit special for him. Outwith band Darren works as a crematorium officer and enjoys clay shooting and game shooting. He also has a keen interest in motorbikes and is the proud owner of a Tiger 1050.

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Jamie McEwen

Jamie is 16 from Blackburn, West Lothian. He is a student at Bathgate Academy and working as a Make Up Junior where he hopes to become a freelance make up artist. Jamie has always played for Boghall where he started in 2010 and has received instruction from Tom Brown, Stevie McQuillan and Amanda Cook. His favorite memory with the band was his last year with the Novice where the band lifted the Champion of Champions titles. Jamie has enjoyed solo success at the International Solo Tenor Drumming Championship placing 2nd in 2014 and scooping the top prize in both 2015 and 2016. Out with drumming, Jamie is a keen violin player. Jamie is now looking forward to his first season with the Grade 1 band!

Joanna Fairbairn

Joanna was brought up in Polbeth, West Lothian and joined Boghall in 2005. Since then she has received tuition from L/D Gordon Brown and Lewis Thorpe and has become a very accomplished tenor drummer in a short space of time. Joanna spent five years playing with the Juvenile band and enjoyed a number of successes including winning the Best Juvenile Bass Section Prize at the 2006 World Championships and winning the World Juvenile Drum Corps title in 2009. On the solo circuit Joanna has also won numerous prizes including the Craigmount, Lothian and Borders and Dumbarton solo titles and the coveted Under 18 International Solo Tenor Drumming Contest in 2012. Outwith band Joanna works as an administration apprentice with an engineering firm in West Lothian. She has an SVQ in administration and is now studying an HNC in Administration and IT. She enjoys singing and socialising and says that her favourite food is macaroni, though we can’t figure out why when her Mum’s quiche has become a legendary fixture on the band bus!

Lauren Thomson

Lauren is 18 and hails from Bonnyrigg, Midlothian. She began her pipe band career in 2008 with Penicuik and District where she received tuition from Fiona Morris. She later joined Pryde of East Lothian for three seasons before joining Boghall Juvenile in 2014. Lauren was promoted to the Grade 1 band in 2016 and says that her favourite memory with the band so far was her first experience playing in the Grade 1 arena at the World Championships. Lauren has also enjoyed solo success with highlights including winning the International Solo Tenor Drumming Championships in 2013 and 2015, and taking the runner-up spot in 2014 and 2016. She states her favourite contest as Belfast as it's a great weekend away with the whole band. Outwith drumming, Lauren's favourite thing in life is her Rhodesian Ridgeback called C.J. and her favourite food and drinks include Lambrini, a cup of tea, custard creams and chicken. So, if anyone out there is looking to take Lauren out on a date you can't go wrong with Nando's!

Morven Walker

Morven is 18 and travels from Tranent to play with the band. She initially played with Torphichen and Bathgate and joined Prestonpans RBL in 2014. She won the 2015 World Drumming Title in Grade 3B as well as the British Championships and Champion of Champions in 2016. Morven joined Boghall in late 2017 and is looking forward to playing the 2018 season with the band. Outwith drumming, Morven enjoys a lot of different activities and used to do karate where she reached her Black Tag. She also sings, plays guitar and piano and is in Centre Stage theatre group where she performs various pantomimes and musical theatre performances. More recently, Morven recently spent a month in Costa Rica where she saw a lot of exotic animals including Tapi and Sea Turtles. Morven recently graduated from Ross High School, where she was head girl, and is now enjoying a gap year before she hopes to study midwifery.

Stuart Williamson

Stuart was born and raised in Edinburgh and spent his formative pipe band years with Craigmount High School Pipe Band. He has received input from a number of tutors including Alan Jordan, Liam Cox, Rachel Goud, Robbert Van Gorp and Lisa Jane MacLaughlin. After spending eight enjoyable years with Craigmount Stuart joined the Lothian and Borders Police Pipe Band for two seasons in 2008 and 2009 and then joined Boghall in preparation for the 2010 season. Stuart says that his favourite memory with the band so far was winning the World’s MSR drumming title in 2011 but that one of his favourite band performances was the British Championships in 2011 as although the result was not as good as we had hoped for, he felt that it was a great overall performance. Outwith band Stuart is a qualified chef and says that his favourite drink is Malibu (though he clarifies this can be a manly drink!)