|Piper for All Occasions|
Ken has been piping in the Greater Toronto Area for more than 40 years. He orginally started out the music side of his life studying piano at the age of 4 years old. He progressed to other instruments including the clarinent, saxaphone, accordian, organ, drums before settling on the Great Highland Bagpipe.
His piping career began in the Toronto Scottish Regimental Pipes and Drums under the instruction of Pipe Major John Wakefield. He soon transferred to the 48th Highlanders of Canada Pipes and Drums and was tutored by Pipe Major Archie Dewar.
Ken served with the 48th Highlanders of Canada Pipes and Drums for many years and played with the Regimental Pipes and Drums at many major events as well as with the Grade 1 competition band under, both Pipe Major Ross Stewart and Pipe Major Reay MacKay. During his service with the 48th Highlanders of Canada Pipes and Drums he was decorated by the Government of Canada receving the "Canadian Decoration " (C.D.) medal.
Ken also played in the Grade 2 competition Band of the Metropolitan Toronto Police Pipes and Drums under the leadership of Pipe Major John Macdonald. He served as Pipe Major of the 25 Toronto Service Battalion and took the band into various competions. During his years with the 25 Toronto Service Battalion Pipes and Drums Ken was the official Piper for the Lt. Governor of Ontario. He served the Hon. Pauline McGibbon, The Hon. John Black Aird and the Hon. Licoln Alexander during the terms as Lt. Governor's of Ontario. Ken was also Pipe Major of the Scarborough Pipes and Drums, bulding the band into a good Grade 4 and subsqent Grade 3 competition band.
Ken now performs on a solo basis for various events including weddings, funerals, head tables, sreet feastivals (Unionville Celtic Festival, Celebrate the Beech Feastival), etc.
Ken was born in Markdale, Ontario into the Agnew Family of Dundalk as Kenneth Bryan Agnew. He was then adopted by the Bice Family of Mimico a suburb of Toronto and still retains the Bice family name today.
During his business career Ken has held various positions in the Information Systems area of serveral manufacturing companies, including systems, programming and management. He then change careers and has held several positions in the accounting field, including Controller for several companies.
Ken graduated from Royal York Collegiate Institute in Business and Commerce. He graduated from Humber College of Applied Art and Technologies in Computer Systems and Programming. He studied accounting with the Certified General Accounts of Ontario. He graduated from the Canadian Institute of Administrative Managers and hold the Certified Administrative Manager (C.A.M.) designation. Ken also graduated from the Canadian Institute of Management and hold both the Professional Manager (P.Mgr.) and Fellow Chartered Manager (F.CIM) designations.
Ken is also an Ordained Minister and received his Doctor of Divininty (DD) from Trinity Institute. He was Ordained through Trinity and is presently an Ordained Minister with All Seasons Church of Canada and a Licensed Wedding Officiant in the Province of Ontario working through All Seasons Weddings an outreach program of All Seasons Church of Canada. Ken has also assisted the Rector Mt. Rev. Dorian A. Baxter, of Chirst the King, Graceland, Independent Anglican Church of Canada which is affiliated with the Federation of Independent Anglican Churches of North America, with Weddings and Worship Service.
Ken is a member of the I.F.C.P.D. (International Fellowship of Christian Pipers and Drummers). Ken can not only pipe for your Wedding but can legally officate and solemnize your wedding vows and marriage.
Ken is also a member and registered chaplain with the "International Chaplains Association" and "The Emergency Medical Chaplains Association" and is involved in Chaplaincy work for serveral organizations.
Ken continues to work in the accounting and consulting field as well as a Minister officiating at weddings, christenings, naming ceremonies, baptisms, funerals and other ceremonies which falls under his pastoral charge in Uxbridge, Ontario, where he presently resides.