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!

Holly Harrison

Holly is 16 from Livingston where she is studying towards her Highers at Deans Community High School. She started drumming in 2010 with instruction from David Ross at West Lothian Schools. Holly played with West Lothian Schools until the end of the 2015 season when she joined Boghall and played with the Juvenile band. Holly’s favorite memory with the band so far was winning the Scottish Championships in Juvenile last year and that her favorite band performance so far was at Bathgate Highland Games because it was a rare occasion in that it was sunny in West Lothian! Holly has received a number of solo awards including winning the 18 & under category at the Lothian and Borders Branch Contest and placing 3rd in the International Solo Tenor Drumming Championships in 2016. Out with Boghall, Holly is a tenor drummer with the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland and has enjoyed a number of concerts and trips with them. Holly enjoys going out with her friends and shopping (with her Dad’s money) and says she spends a lot of time on Snapchat; however, she has an embarrassing username due to the ones she wanted being taken. Holly also says that she doesn’t have much common sense and that she always loses things. She once forgot to take her drum to a competition but swears she won't do it again now she's in 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!

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!)