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Mike is seen here front row, 3rd from left

Mike warming up for solos at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games 2005

Michael Murphy joined the Charleston Police Pipes and Drums in 2002 passing away from cancer in 2010.  He was an avid competitor on the EUSPBA circuit working his way to the Grade I ranks.  Mike was a member of our top graded band, winning many contests and the 2005 Grade III EUSPBA Season Championship.  He served as Drum Sergeant for the feeder band, which won many contests and the 2005 Grade V EUSPBA Season Championship.  Mike dedicated much of his time and skills to the success of the program.  He is highly regarded for his steadfast dedication to the organization and his talent as a teacher.

The band awards the Michael I. Murphy Memorial Drummer of the Year annually to the drummer that exemplifies Mike’s loyalty, dedication to the organization, and love for the art of Scottish drumming.