Avery became involved with the local Syracuse Scottish Pipe Band. He was elected Pipe Major (director) within 6 weeks and has been directing the band ever since (1974). The band was initially a Grade 3 pipe band, but has since become a Grade 4 or 5 band, depending on the playing personnel each year thanks to Head’s influence. Since then he’s taught a number of players over the years, and some of them have developed into very noteworthy players and performers. Further, Avery has competed in numerous solo competitions over the years, and has earned a number of medals.