Ed Bush grew up near the village of Cardinal, Ontario and his ancestors there go back many generations. Some pipers and drummers claim direct ancestry from a long line of distinguished players. Others can boast of starting that line. Ed belongs to the second group, having led his sisters, his brother, a niece and two daughters into the Eastern Ontario piping and drumming community. Of note, his brother Jim was a regular force Canadian Military drummer, and his daughters Amanda and Kara were Grade 1 soloists.
Ed’s piping accomplishments and influence are by no means limited to family members. He is an outstanding soloist, bandsman, Pipe Major, teacher, composer, organizer and judge. He started piping at the age of seven after attending the
Glengarry Highland Games with his parents. He received his first lessons from Stu Knapp, then Lorne Stewart of Kemptville and later George Beley, of the City of Brockville. He also received early lessons from Lezlie Patterson (Webster).
Updated from an Ottawa Branch newsletter originally published December 2008