USARD April 2012 – Jon Quigg Bio
In 1973 at the age of 13, Jon Quigg began his drumming career in the Annapolis Juvenile Pipe
Band. While his influences are many, he counts as his primary influences the likes of John
Bosworth, and Alex Duthart. In 1976, he moved into the professional solo competitor ranks and
into the Grade 2 Denny and Dunipace Pipe Band of Washington, DC, now known as the City of
Washington Pipe Band. This organization was actually established by members of the US Air
Force Pipe Band in 1961, itself an extension of that branch’s Drum & Bugle Corps. While “the
Denny band” has always been home, over the years he has guested with a number of groups
around the world, including bands in Monterey, San Francisco, Honolulu, Tokyo and Vancouver.
In 1989, he assumed the Drum Sergeant position and helped them garner numerous North
American contest wins, culminating in their winning performance at the 1999 World Pipe Band
Championships. That year, he led the corps to winning the Grade 2 drum corps prize while the
band also won the overall band title.
In addition to his competition career – which includes numerous solo contest wins around the
country – he has recorded for Row-Loff Productions (“Lancer”) and performed with the American
Originals Fife and Drum Corps, as well as giving clinics around the globe. In 2009 and 2010, he
oversaw the City of Washington drum corps’ winning performances in the Kansas City Winter
Storm drum salute contests. Currently he is taking some time off to work on a book that will
present Scottish drumming to a wider audience. He lives north of Baltimore with his wife, Beth …
not far from where Buck Soistman’s old Rolling Drum Shop used to be.
Please enjoy the videos below: