J D joined the Abilene Pipers in summer of 2012 and immediately went on a 2 year sabbatical. He said that he wasn't quite sure what a sabbatical was and wasn't even sure if he could spell it but it was something that he wanted to try and so began the darkest two years of his, or any man's, life. Now that he is back J D loves spending time with his family and someday hopes to be able to walk while chewing gum. amily background, but it wasn't until he watched Eric Rigler pipe at Ronald Reagan's funeral that he decided to play. He has performed for local funerals, parades, school sanctioned events, Abilene Art Walk and the 2005 De Leon Peach and Melon Festival.