Peter was born in Welland. Despite this fantastic setback, he grew up to be bigger than when he was born. Peter’s youth was spent in Niagara-on-the-Lake mostly to disguise the fact that he was born in Welland. For the most part that trick has worked. He went to school at St.Vincent de Paul followed by Dennis Morris in St. Catharines. His interest in music began at an early age and has been spread across numerous instruments largely because his first choice (the drums) were too noisy and annoying for his parents to deal with.
In 1980, he began volunteering at Fort George and was given the snare drum to learn because he wouldn’t go away. In 1987, after a brief stint at Epcott center working for ‘the Mouse’, he and Gavin began the official Fife and Drum corps of the 41st Regiment at Fort George . Apart from his B.A. in History at McMaster, Peter has also studied Jazz performance at Mohawk College and McGill University. Despite his inclination towards Jazz and kit drumming, Peter has remained predominantly in the realm of folk music.
In 1993, Peter did an Internship at Colonial Williamsburg (Virginia). While returning from the trip (Ken drove down to get Peter), they had the life-affirming experience of getting lost in Camden, New Jersey. This, naturally, caused them to discuss starting a band. While continuing to work at Fort George Peter also studied massage in Toronto, but has subsequently taken up full time employment at Fort George. He is now happily married with one kid. Favourite food: Chinese. And he is a Taurus – are you taking notes?