About the Band

Pipe Major Don Goller, leads the Harp & Thistle Pipe Band. The Drum Major is Neil Lester and Greg Sheridan is the Pipe Sgt. At present the band boasts over 30 pipers and drummers. The band also has it’s own three-man color guard and banner carriers. The student ranks are swelling, with many student pipers learning and keeping the tradition alive. The future holds much promise.

Mission Statement

The Harp & Thistle Pipe Band was formed to play Celtic music at the highest level possible. It is our mission to promote interest, appreciation, and excellence in this art form. To attain this goal, we are determined to attract, develop and retain top piping and drumming talent through teaching, practice, parades, concerts and competition. The band seeks to foster mutual respect among its members, to create an environment conducive to learning, to implement policies and practices designed to avoid divisiveness and to provide an enjoyable experience for all associated with it.

The Merry Troop

Harp & Thistle


Don Goller
Pipe Major

Greg Sheridan
Pipe Sergeant

TJ Jenkins
Pipe Corporal


Pipe Instructor
Don Goller

Drum Instructor
Rob Shaouy

Band Manager/
Peggy Wilson

Band Chef
Frank McMullen

Fr. Robert Murphy

Caira Everly, Vocalist
Chevawn Musumano, Bagpiper
John Paulen, Bagpiper
Mike Anderson, Bagpiper
Ryan Deschenes, Bagpiper
Colin Urquhart, Bagpiper
John Holcombe, Bagpiper
Richard Shawcross, Bagpiper
Ben Mowry, Bagpiper
Edmund Peliska, Bagpiper
Mike Witteman, Bagpiper
Katie Boling, Bagpiper
Ray Schilke, Snare Drum
Sydney Shaouy, Snare Drum
Robert Alan Shaouy, Snare Drum
Matt McCreary, Snare Drum
Ryan Raftery, Snare Drum
Stephen Mallow, Bagpiper
Vicki Dempsey, Snare Drum
Danny Parker, Tenor Drum
Judith King, Tenor Drum
Bill O’Brien, Bagpiper


Greg Sheridan
Sean Hunt
TJ Jenkins
Paul McHugh
Ashlee Sluski
Chris Willis
Nick Starr
Miles McMullen
Kathryn McMullen
Peggy Wilson
Foster Hanson
Brian Hunt
Jane Noga
Scott Simmons
Steve Adams
Nick Jason
Andrew Hagen
Eileen Carrigan
Dennis Madeiros
Linda Bassler

In Memory Of

Neil Lester
Amanda Kelley


Snare Drum
Tom Kelley
Drew Beaverson
Rob Shaouy
Amy Shaouy
Rhona Chalmers
Nick Hay
Ray Devlin
Miles McMullen
George McCleese
Will Hummel

Tenor Drum
Amy Shaouy
Rhona Chalmers
Kaye Hanson
Deb Houston
Mary Hutchinson
Alan Buchanan

Bass Drum
John Dempsey
Ray Devlin

In Memoriam

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Neil K. Lester on June 29, 2020 at the age of 80 years.

Beloved husband of Judith for 59 years. Proud and loving father of Sharon Pyke (Allan), Sue Zawyrucha (Larry) and Kurtis Lester (Susan). Loving grandpa to Mike (Amber), Christopher, Rebecca (Sam), Richard (Raquel), Katie (Xavier), Alex, Wesley, Samantha (Isaiah), Rianne (Brandon), Nick and Emma. Step-grandchildren Stephanie (Robert), Spencer, Missi and Seth. Great grandpa to Sophie, Zoey, Jackson, Isaac, Sophia and Kaelix. Survived by brother Tom Lester (Carol), sister Maggie Crilley (Norm), sister-in-law Joanna Corless (late Harry). Obituary here »

Get in Touch with Us

If you’d like to get in touch with us for hiring the band, for teaching or instruction or to learn of our next event, please email us today!

Call: 239-850-1060 or 239-777-8371