Les learned to play the pipes, when he was just 8 years old, in Northern Ireland; he joined the Army as a boy soldier in the Royal Irish Rangers in 1966 when he was 15 years old.
Les served in the Army for 12 years and during his time played at many prestigious events including world famous
He served in Germany between 1970 and 1974 and was twice stationed in Cyprus (71 &77).
In 1973 Les studied at Edinburgh Castle (Seiour Pipers Course) which was the Army Bagpipe School.
Les joined Houghton Le Spring Pipeband in 1986