The Niwot Community Semi-Marching Free Grange Band

Meet Our Musicians--Band Member Bios


Name: Kirk "Captain Kirk" Stewart

Instrument: Euphonium

Uniform Selection: Civil War Regimental Band Corporal and reminiscent of Niwot's original town band uniform (circa 1876)

Kirk Stewart, Ph.D., PE, also known as “Cap'n Kirk,” plays euphonium for the Niwot Semi-Marching Free Grange Band, but also an plays on the Bagpipes (Great Highland and Shuttle) and the Fife (B-flat). As a piper, he has often been requested to play "On a Hill Far, Far Away".

He has lived in Niwot for 40 years now. He first came to Colorado to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy and returned to Colorado 40 years ago for good. He took up the bagpipes in 1986. He began playing to “get my mind off of work after hours,” he said. “Ether bluegrass banjo or bagpipes.”  (Turns out he wasn't good with strings.)

Kirk played one semester of tuba in 7th grade, but didn’t return to music for many years, adding the euphonium and the fife to his repertoire after mastering the bagpipes.  During his last stint in grad school, he played the bagpipes for weddings and funerals to earn extra money.

Kirk is a member of the Rotary Club of Niwot, and is responsible for the band’s website, hosted by the Rotary. He builds Little Free Libraries (LFL) for the Niwot Children's Park and the Niwot Historical Society.

He describes his band position as “3rd Euphonium,” although usually there are only two members in the section.  “I took up a musical instrument a little later in life and am just happy to be allowed to attempt to play while I try to learn and improve,” he said.

In his other life, Kirk was an aerospace engineering and management consultant.  He has worked for The Aerospace Corporation, Ball Aerospace, and the U.S. Air Force, and other government agencies. 

His favorite song is Scotland the Brave. “It’s my heritage,” he explains. His favorite band experience is the massed pipe bands on parade. “Very Stirring.”

    

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