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Pipe Major Roger Bayes
Roger started piping at the age of 17 and became Pipe Major of the City of Norwich Pipe Band at the age of 24, a post he holds to this day. He has lead the band at many competitions and functions ranging from foreign visits to Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Germany and Spain. He has appeared on itvs X Factor with the band and Fooling Hitler; an itv drama documentary. He also plays with the Royal Tank Regiment pipes and drums with which he has played at the Windsor Tattoo where he met the Queen and two years running at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and Basel Tattoo. He also toured western Canada with the band playing at military events in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.

Pipe Sergeant John Welton MBE

John learned to play the pipes with RAF Halton Pipe Band as a 17 year old aircraft engineering apprentice and represented the RAF at many occasions most notably at the Royal Tournament and in the massed bands playing at HM the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations at RAF Finningley in 1977. Short spells with RAF pipe bands at RAF Waddington and in RAF Germany followed and from then on he played solo for a number of years until joining the City of Norwich Pipe Band in 1990.

With the City of Norwich Band, John has played at many events in the UK and Europe and has appeared on ITV’s X Factor and local TV and radio programmes.  John also had the honour of playing a lament at the closure ceremony of RAF Coltishall, the station he served at before retiring from the RAF.  John was one of 2 pipers who welcomed HM the Queen on her formal visit to Norwich in 2002.  John is also a piper with 1st Royal Tank Regt Pipes and Drums and has taken part in the Edinburgh Tattoo, ceremonies at the Cenotaph in London and the Royal Windsor Tattoo.