Marty Rowe joined the band in
1990. Before joining the American Celtic, he was taught by John Owen
of the Nassau County Police Department Emerald Society Pipe Band.
After joining ACPB, his instruction continued in the capable hands of
Frank Riggio and Don Goller, and then Pipe Major Jim Ryan. His
meteoric rise through the ranks began with his service as Pipe
Corporal under Jim Ryan, although he is convinced that the title was
created by Jim just to keep him happy. He then became Pipe Sergeant
during P/M Pat Ryan's brief reign, and in December, 2002 took over as
Pipe Major. He readily admits that he only got the job because all the
Ryans kept moving out of state. When Pat moved back to Long Island,
Marty moved back to his role as Pipe Sergeant.
His primary influence came from his
original instructor who gave him a copy of the 78th Fraser Highlanders
"Live in Ireland" recording. After hearing that, he was hooked.
Although he can't pick one favorite pipe band experience, the first
year leading the NYC Saint Patrick's Day Parade and his first Grade 5
contest in Rockland County stand out in his mind.
Marty plays a set of 1990 Kilgour & Kron bagpipes. He lives in
Smithtown with his wife Nancy and children Kerrin and Marty. When not
playing the pipes he is either practicing law or coaching lacrosse.