Kansas City, Missouri - Cameron & District Pipe Band of Kansas City is pleased to annouce that Brian and Mari Provencher, snare drummer and tenor drummer, respectively, have joined its Grade 3 drum corps.
Brian has been playing music his entire life. He started piano at the age of five and started playing Scottish Snare with the Fort Collins Pipe Band at the age of nine, after his brother Paul picked up the pipes. He and Paul began competing a year later in solo and band competitions. With the Fort Collins Pipe Band, they travelled across the country competing in Grade 3. They went to Scotland for the World Pipe Band Championships in 2003, when Brian was 13. They won best drum corps in Grade 3 B and 5th overall. In the next few years, the Fort Collins Pipe Band dissolved. Brian continued to play with other bands in Colorado like Colorado Skye, Colorado Youth, and eventually Queen City. He went to Worlds again in 2007 with the Colorado Youth Pipe Band. Through this time, Brian climbed through the solo ranks, eventually competing successfully in Grade 1 before taking a few years off. He came back to join the Queen City Pipe Band to compete in Grade 2, where he met his wife Mari. Brian has been teaching and coaching drum corps and individual musicians since the age of 16. He is the owner and operator of Proven Music Studios where he teaches weekly private lessons in piano, drums, and music production. Brian has had the opportunity to work with some amazing snare drummers such as Reid Maxwell, Duncan Millar, Buzz Brown, John Fisher, Jim Kilpatrick, and many others. He is excited to play and compete with Cameron & District and is ready to get to work!
Mari has been in the pipe band scene for her entire life. She remembers marching with her dad in parades and at competitions when she was as young as 3 years old. Her father was the pipe major for the Pikes Peak Highlanders for over 15 years and her brother competed as a Grade 2 piper as well. She started learning pipes from her father at the age of 5 and also started learning drums at the age of 9. She played pipes until she began competing as a tenor drummer at the age of 14 with the Pikes Peak Highlanders. As an adult, she also took some time to learn snare. In 2013, she joined the Queen City Pipe Band and competed with them in Grade 2, where she met her husband Brian. She has received professional instruction from Mike O'neal and Jordan Bailey from Inverary and District Pipe Band. She has also had the opportunity to work with Stevie McQuillen. She is excited about the opportunity to continue her musical career with Cameron & District in the KC metro area.
Cameron & District is thrilled to have Brian and Mari as members of the band!