The Western United Pipe Band Association sadly announces the passing of Sharon Gates on July 13, 2021.

Sharon started as a piper with the Nicholson Pipes and Drums.

She went on to be a tenor drummer with the Pasadena Scottish Pipes and Drums. She traveled twice with the band to compete at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.

As a long-time employee of the City of Long Beach, Sharon was also a tenor drummer with the Long Beach Fire Department Pipe Band.

In recent years, Sharon was a WUSPBA Representative and a Steward for solo and pipe band competitions at the various Highland Games in the Southern Branch. Sharon’s knowledge of pipe band music, along with her attention to detail, made her a valuable and much-appreciated volunteer within the Southern Branch.

Sharon is survived by her piping husband David Mackenzie, and her tenor drumming daughter Rose Mackenzie.

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