Mike Zanre - piper

Mike Zanre


Mike’s piping career started at the age of 8 years old when his Granda introduced him to the practice chanter, The Skye Boat Song and Scotland the Brave. In 1987, he joined the Aberdeen BB Battalion Pipe Band under the watchful eye of Davie Duncan and Jim Lyon. After 3 months there, he joined the 47th Culter BB Pipe Band and progressed very quickly. At the same time, he played with the school pipe band and was made Pipe Major at the age of just 14.

Mike joined Culter and District in 1993 and enjoyed one season there under PM Neil Selbie before hanging up the pipes for a few years. In 1996, Mike rejoined Culter and District and was promoted to Pipe Major of the Juvenile Band where he enjoyed some modest success. In 1999, he moved to Glasgow to do a Masters degree and piping again took a back seat. In 2003, Mike decided again to return to his piping. He entered and won the RSPBA North Branch adult piping solo competition that year and was invited by the piping judge, Rab Mathieson, to join Shotts and Dykehead, a top Grade 1 band at the time. Following a short spell there and having completed yet another degree, in 2006 he joined grade 1 Dysart and Dundonald Pipe Band.

In 2008, Mike joined Grampian Police Pipe Band where he met Thistle Piping’s Julie Brinklow, Drew Sinclair & Corry Sutherland, and in particular he struck up a lasting friendship with Corry. In 2009 Mike tied the knot with his fiancé Lorna with Corry as his usher.    Today Mike competes with Buchan Pipe Band in Grade 1.

Mike is one of these guys that you instantly like. He’s charming, funny and he is a really fantastic piper. He’s pursued and succeeded with many goals in his life but his piping has been a passion that has kept returning to him throughout the years. Mike’s piping, presence and personality are why he is part of the Thistle Piping team.”