Meet Coastals

Hamish Cotton

Hamish started learning the pipes in New Zealand at the age of 8 with tuition from Lofty McIntosh and later Dennis Pierce and his sister Sheran Hancock, NZOM. He played in his first New Zealand National Championships with his home band Feilding & Districts at the age of 12. Hamish came to Western Australia in 1999 to join the WA Police Pipe Band as a full-time piper and competed in numerous competition and concert events including the 2001 USA Open Championships and the 2003 World Pipe Band Championships.

In 2004 Hamish left the band to work full-time with the Police Operations Centre as a radio dispatcher. In 2005, Hamish joined the New Zealand Police Band as a guest player on its tour of Ireland which included competitions around Ireland and the European Pipe Band Championships. Hamish was an active guest player with WAPOL from 2007 to 2014 and performing in Russia at the Kremlin Zoria (2007) and the two Australian grade one championship wins in 2012 and 2014. In 2015 Hamish left WAPOL and Joined the Auckland & Districts pipe band as a guest player performing at Grade one Level in New Zealand. In 2016, Hamish took over a tutoring role leading Coastals in competition till now.

Simon Miller

Simon started learning the snare drum in 2003 by drum tutor John Giovannetti, whilst attending Trinity College Perth. After learning the snare drum for a year,  Simon was asked to join the newly formed Shadow Highlanders Pipe band which competed at Grade 4 level. Simon was appointed Drum Sergeant of Trinity College Pipe Band at the end of year 9 whilst continuing to compete with Shadow Highlanders Pipe band.

In 2011 Simon joined Coastal Scottish Pipe band and competed with them at the 2012 Australian Pipe band Championships in Ballarat under drum Sergeant Roy Hamilton.

Between 2013 and 2015 Simon was a guest player with the Southwest Highlanders Pipe band as the Drum Sergeant and the Western Australian Police Pipe band playing under Drum Sergeant Chris Johnson.

Simon returned to Coastals in 2015 and have been playing with them ever since; competing in both the 2016 and 2018 Australian Pipe band Championships under Drum Sergeant Julian Anderson.

Simon thoroughly enjoys playing with Coastals because of great leadership both within the Pipe and Drum corps. The band members consist of all ages from school aged players to senior members both male and female. It’s the members, supporters and family of the band that makes playing with Coastals enjoyable and full of laughs.