Tattoo Pipe Major
MWO ALAN B CLARK, CD
Pipe Major, Ceremonial Guard -Ottawa, Canada
Pipe Major Clark began piping in Oldcastle Ontario where he grew up. His teacher was Pipe Major Colin Hill, grandson of Pipe Major Ron Hill 3rd Bn Canadian Guards. At the age of 14 he was brought down to his father's former Regiment, the Essex and Kent Scottish and recruited as a boy piper. In 1986 he joined the Essex and Kent Scottish and officially started his career as a piper in the Canadian Army.
Pipe Major Clark was appointed Pipe Major of the Essex and Kent Scottish in 1992 and was at that time the youngest Pipe Major in the Canadian Army. Between 1993 and 2004 Pipe Major Clark worked closely with the Ceremonial Guard assisting when needed for audition and selection of pipers for public duties and in 2004 Pipe Major Clark returned to the Guard and was appointed as Pipe Major. He holds a solo piping Judges Certificate from PPBSO in both light music and Piobaireachd as well as the level 6 Graduate Certificate, and Senior Instructors Certificate from the Institute of Piping in Scotland. He is a regular adjudicator and teacher.
Pipe Major Clark has been involved in performing in, as well as organising many military tattoos and ceremonial events including The Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Virginia Tattoo, Ceremonial Guard’s Fortissimo, FIMMQ in Quebec City, Canada Remembers contingent 1994, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2007 and 2009, and the Jamaica Defence Force Tattoo to name a few.
Pipe Major Clark was promoted to Master Warrant Officer in 2006 and in April 2007 was awarded the Commander of the Army Commendation for services to Piping in the Army. Pipe Major Clark is currently the senior serving Pipe Major in the Canadian Army
Pipe Major Clark served as Tattoo Pipe Major for the Bermuda Tattoo in 2009 and is pleased to reprise his role in 2015.