Leaving the Army in 1988, Steve took over the Banbury Pipe band. Under his direction the band achieved 1st place at the English Pipe Band Champions in 1994, Ashbourne GIV Champions 1995, 4th British Pipe Band Championships 1998, 3 times winner of Chatsworth Grade IV Championship and in 1997 the band was placed 8th in the Grade IV World Championships.
Appointed Pipe Major of the Scots Guards Association (BB&O) in June 2003 he led the band to English Grade II and III mini band Champions in 2004. During his time as Pipe Major he has taken part in numerous Royal ceremonies including Buckingham Palace Garden Parties, Gala Evenings and organized band tours all over the world. Steve performs regularly with Her Majesty’s Guards Division Regimental Bands’. With an accredited Army teaching qualification Steven has taught at the Dragon Preparatory School Oxford and regularly relief teaches at Radley College, Abingdon.
Steve has enjoyed an extensive commercial career, regularly appearing on TV and radio, backing Rod Stewart, Vanessa May, playing at Sylvester Stalones wedding and appearing in The James Bond movie “The World is not enough”. He is Piper to the Duke of Marlbourgh and house Piper Madame Tussauds at Warwick castle.
Steve has adjudicated at Royal Scottish Pipe Band solo piping contests and adjudicated at the RSPBA London Branch quartet competition in 2006.