Derek came to SFU in the late 1980s. Originally from Minnesota, he was one of the very first players to move to BC to join the band and attend the university. He was married soon thereafter to well-known SFU piper and Inverness silver-medalist Darleen Miharija for the rest of her life, which was shortened by multiple sclerosis.
Teaching young pipers in the RMMPB continues to be a satisfying way to pay tribute to the memory of his good friends and band mates, Rob & Malcolm. Derek holds a Master of Education from SFU and works as an elementary school teacher in Burnaby.