Officer-in-Charge/Band Director MAJ Nichols serves is in his second season as the Officer-in-Charge of the USCC Pipes & Drums. In addition to being the band OIC he serves as the Tactical Officer of India Company, 3rd Regiment. The focus under his direction has been the expansion of the band in both physical size and in mission. MAJ Nichols is an Armor Officer and 2003 ROTC graduate from West Virginia University and a native of Staten Island, NY. His callsign is “Big Daddy”.
MAJ Jared Nichols
Mr. John Bottomley
Piping Instructor Mr. Bottomley is the first Piping Instructor the USCC Pipes & Drums have had the pleasure to work with in many years. Mr. Bottomley is the sole proprietor of John Bottomley Bagpipes, and has spent the past 40 years teaching, performing, and judging in the Piping community. Mr. Bottomley is an Eastern U.S. Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA) judge, a member of the EUSPBA Music Board, and is currently ranked fourth in the United States. We welcome Mr. Bottomley to the team and look forward to working with him in 2014!
Mr. Gerry Boyce
Volunteer Mr. Gerry Boyce is a Boston Police Officer and a volunteer with the United States Corps of Cadets Pipes & Drums. Mr. Boyce has spent the last two years supporting the band through providing rudimentary instruction and coaching sessions with the drum section. Mr. Boyce is a member of the Rhode Island Highlanders Pipe Band, a Grade IV Band of the Eastern U.S. Pipe Band Association. The Rhode Island Highlanders placed 2nd in the New Hampshire Highland Games and 1st in the Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival. The Boyce family are great supporters of the band and have assisted the USCC Pipes & Drums in growing and developing over the past three years. Mr. Gerry Boyce was recognized as our Volunteer of the Year for the 2012-2013 season.