Claddagh Pipe Band Members 2022
 
Members:

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Pipe Major
Joe Smolinski

Joe founded the band in May 2010. Previously he has played with Bergen Irish PB, Kenmure PB, Clan Na Vale PB, and the West Milford Highlander PB. He is currently a bagpipe instructor for the West Milford Board of Ed. and a Middle School Teacher. His favorite pipe tune is "the Hills of Kesh." When not listening to pipe music he enjoys bluegrass and old country. 

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Drum Seargent
Sam Lauritano

Sam joined the band in 2017. He is a former lead drummer from the West Milford Highlander band, currently studying Music Education. He also works as an instructor for the Highlander Band program. In his free time Sam enjoys gaming and is a classic car enthusiast. 

Pipe Sergeant
Kristy Smolinski

Kristy is a founding member of the band. Previously she has played with Bergen Irish PB and the West Milford Highlander PB.  Kristy is a bagpipe instructor for the West Milford Board of Ed. and Director at a local preschool. Her favorite pipe tune is "The Pumpkin's Fancy.' Other than pipe tunes she enjoys Pop and swifty jams music. in her free time she likes to craft and spend time with her family.

Drum Corporal
Alexis Silverman

Alexis  joined the band in 2014 on tenor and is known to also dabble in the snare corps. She is a band directory for Clifton Middle School. Her favorite pipe tunes is "The Wayfaring Stranger." When she is not listening to pipe music she enjoys Pop Punk and Punk Rock. 

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Quarter Master Piper Mick Burgess
"I don't joke."

Mick is a founding member of the band. Previously he has played with Bergen Irish PB and the Rockland County AOH PB. Mick is the one responsible for making sure we all look our best for performances. Mick's favorite pipe tune is "Killaloe," and when he is not listening to pipe music he enjoys Irish Folk and 80 New Wave. When he's not piping, Mick enjoys Living History Recreations. 

Bass Corporal
Dan Willever

Dan joined the band in 2011 as our Drum Major but picked up the bass when the band was in need and never put it down. Previously he was Drum Major for the Gettysburg College Marching Band and DM of the West Milford Highlander Band. Dan is currently a history teacher. In his spare time he enjoys

Colour Sergeant Krist Brembt

Krist is a founding member of the band. He is also the Claddagh Band Union Leader. Previously he has played with the West Milford Highlander PB. Krist works for the NJ Park Service. In his spare time he enjoys Civil War Reenacting.

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Tenor Drummer
Kat Schutte

Kat joined the band in 2019. She is a former member of the WM Highlander Pipes & Drums. She is currently a student. 

Piper
Keith Williams

Keith is our only official part-time member. Previously he has played with the West Milford Highlander PB. Keith has a degree in music performance/education with a concetration in Tuba. He currently works as a High School Band Director.

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Snare  Drummer
Hannah Beekman

Hannah joined the band in 2017. She is a former member of the WM Highlander Pipes & Drums. 

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Piper
Sarah Schoenfeld

Sarah joined winter 2014. Sarah is a former pipe major of the WM Highlander Band. Her favorite pipe tune is "Gemmel's Ramble." When she is not listening to pipe music she enjoys post hardcore music. In her time outside the circle she enjoys Mexican food and antiquing. 

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Snare Drummer
Mason Knight

Mason joined the band in 2020. He is the current lead drummer for the WM Highlander Pipes & Drums. Mason is currently a student. 

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Piper
Danielle "Danny" Dreyer

Danny joined Claddagh at the start of the 2015 season. She is currently student. In addition to her piping Danny plays guitar, saxophone and clarinet. 

 Snare Drummer Conrad Bender

Conrad joined the band in 2013 mid-season. He is a former drummer of the West Milford Highlander PB. Conrad is currently studying History at Passaic County Community College. In his spare time Conrad enjoys Revloutionary War Reenacting.

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Piper
Raquel Mea

Raquel joined the band in 2017. She is a former Pipe Major of the WM Highlander Pipes & Drums. She is currently a student.

Tenor Drummer/
Bugler
James Todd

James first joined as a tenor drummer, then for a year picked up the bass. Now he has settled on Tenor and Bugle. James is currently finishing a degree in History from William Paterson University.

Piper
"Wee" Allen Magie

Allen is currently a student. He joined the band in 2018 and will be joining the ranks of our competition band in 2022. His Favorite pipe tunes are " Lisa's Tune" and "Molly Connell."  In his free time he enjoys good Italian food as well as playing golf and ice hockey. 

Bass Drum
Sean Hosbilt

Sean is a founding member of the band. He started as a custom made bass for another band out in NYC but has come to us by way of good fortune. In addition to his drumming, Sean is a renowned Olympic Swimmer and will represent the nation of Ghana in the next summer games!

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Piper
Diane Heffernan

Diane is a middle school teacher. She has been studying with Keith Williams for some time and is ready to enter into the competition circle.

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Piper
Genna Longaker

Genna  joined the band in 2018. She is a former member of the West Milford Highlander Pipes & Drums. She is currently a student. 

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Piper
Stephen Dellagiacoma

Stephen joined Claddagh in 2020.  He is currently a member of the West Milford Highlander Pipes & Drums and a student. 

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Piper
Julia Dan

Julia joined the band in 2021. She is currently the Pipe Sergeant of the West Milford Highlander Pipes & Drums. 

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Piper
Evan Lemay

Bobby joined Claddagh at the start of the 2013 season. He is a former Pipe Sergeant of the West Milford Highlander Pipes & Drums.

Evan is a former Pipe Sergeant of the West Milford Highlander Band. He is currently a member of United States Marine Corps.

Piper
Haley Steele

Haley joined Claddagh at the start of the 2013 season. She is currently serving in the United States Army.

Piper
Bobby "Boo Boo" 
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Piper
Joey Hric

Joey joined Claddagh at the start of the 2013 season. He is a former Pipe Corporal of the West Milford Highlander Pipes & Drums.