After the loss of Peter to the call of the distant northlands, the Band soon found itself down to three bodies for a while, as Kim went on maternity leave. At this point the legendary piper Chris Ormston was recruited to the ranks. As well as the Northumbrian smallpipes he's best-known for playing, Chris plays four other types of bagpipes, so the variety of sounds available to the Band was greatly increased. One of the hallmarks of the Border Directors for many years was the twin Border pipes of Matt & Chris. There was even a short era in the mid-90s when a rash of Strip-the-Willows broke out featuring Chris's highland pipes, backed by Mr Seattle's stratocaster. This was not for the faint-hearted in the audience.
With Kim back in active service in time for the stratocasting times, the Band ranged far and wide. As well as extensive giggery in North-East England, they ranged from Portsoy near Fraserburgh to Portpatrick in the SW of Scotland, and into the Far South - London, Cambridge, Sussex, Mytholmroyd & other exotic places.