Ali started tenor drumming with the Northwest Junior Pipe Band, based outside Seattle, Washington, in 2007. She joined the Robert Malcolm Memorial grade 3 in 2010, and was with them in 2012 when they won the World Pipe Band Championships, promoting to Grade 2. Ali transitioned full time to bass drumming during the 2017 season with the grade 2 band. In the spring of 2022 she became the understudy to the SFU bass drummer. She made her debut with the band when she stepped in to play all four Worlds circles that summer; helping the drum corps win The Sash. Ali teaches tenor and bass with the Northwest Junior Pipe Band. She is the lead nurse of the Internal Medicine Department at a specialty and emergency veterinary hospital in Washington.