Roddy MacLeod MBE
Roddy MacLeod MBE is the Principal of The National Piping Centre. One of the world’s most accomplished competitive solo pipers, Roddy was tutored by piper and composer Duncan Johnstone and has won all of solo piping’s most coveted awards, many of them several times over. He is in keen international demand as a recitalist, judge and instructor. He was Pipe Major of the World renowned Grade 1 ScottishPower Pipe Band from 1995 – 2005 during which time he led them to over 45 Grade 1 Championship prizes in major competition including the Cowal Championships and the All-Ireland Championship. In 2008 he led the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band to the final of Grade 1 at the World Pipe Band Championships after bringing together a group of the worlds top solo pipers and drummers together for a short period of intensive practice. With a strong background in teaching, a dedication to the promotion of standards within piping and a zeal to widen popular appreciation of the pipes, he exemplifies the role, task and standing of The National Piping Centre. Roddy is also a Director and a Founder of Piping Live!, the Glasgow International Piping Festival.
- Awarded MBE for Services to Piping 2003;
- Winner of the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for Music 2004;
- Winner, Kishmul Banner composition competition;
Solo competition prizes include:
- Glenfiddich Piping Championship, overall winner (4 times), MSR winner (twice), Piobaireachd winner (8 times);
- Northern Meetings, Inverness – Highland Society of London Gold Medal, Bicentenary Gold Medal and Clasp (2), Former Winners MSR;
- Argyllshire Gatherings, Oban – Highland Society of London Gold Medal, Senior Piobaireachd (2), Former Winners MSR (2), and Open Jigs;
- Bratach Gorm (5 times);
- Silver Chanter (6 times);
- Gillies Cup Open Piobaireachd, London (9 times);
- London Medallion Former Winners MSR (5 times);
- Scottish Piping Society of London overall champion (7 times);
- National Mod overall champion (5 times);
- Uist and Barra overall winner (5 times);
- Donald MacLeod Memorial Competition overall winner (2 times);
- Springbank Invitational Overall Winner;
- Dunvegan Medal;
- Dunvegan Colonel Jock MacDonald Clasp (4 times);
- Dr Allan MacDonald Cup for overall winner at Skye (3 times);
- Highland Society of London Gold Medal, overall winner (Skye) (3 times);
- Dr Dan Reid Invitational overall winner (3 times);
- G.S McLennan Invitational overall winner;
- Scottish Pipers Association overall winner (4 times);
- Scottish Pipers Association Piping Times Knockout winner;
- Highlands and Islands Festival Invitational Piobaireachd winner (4 times);
- Clan Donald Quaich winner;
- Lochaber Tuagh Or Invitational Piobaireachd winner (3 times);
- Haddo House Quaich Invitational winner;
- Scotway Garden Festival 20th Century Piobaireachd winner;
- Scotway Lord Provost of Glasgow’s Competition MSR (3 times);
- World’s Greatest Pipers, Volume 6;
- Pipers of Distinction series (KRL);
- Piping Centre Recital Series;
- RSPS “The Last Piper”;
- Hebridean Piper video.
- Roddy MacLeod MBE Piobaireachd Volume 1
Stuart Samson MBE
Captain (Retired) Stuart D Samson MBE
Stuart Samson was born in Laurencekirk and has been playing the pipes since the age of 8. He enlisted into the Army in 1978, as a junior piper and joined the Drums and Pipes of The Gordon Highlanders in 1980. He was appointed Pipe Major of the Gordon Highlanders from 1990 – 1994 and then went on to carry out several Pipe Major appointments including the Pipe Major of the Highlanders and the Warrant Officer Class One Senior Pipe Major at the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming. He was commissioned in 2002 and was appointed the Director of the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming in April 2003. He was responsible for providing all the structured musical training for pipers and drummers in the British Army as well as advising the Higher Command and Commanding Officers regarding Pipe Band matters. During this time he was also responsible as the Director of Army Bagpipe Music, for coordinating the musical programme and display for the Massed Pipes and Drums at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. He has considerable experience in this field having first performed in the Tattoo in 1979 and many times thereafter as a piper and Pipe Major. Stuart has also been successful on the solo piping circuit over the years, winning the Silver Medal at the Argyllshire Gathering in 1988 and being placed second in the Gold Medal in both Inverness and Oban in 1995 and 1998 respectively, gaining an invitation to the Glenfiddich Championships in 1998. Stuart completed his Army service in April 2008 having served 30 years and was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June this year in recognition for services to Army Piping and a distinguished career. Stuart is currently a part time Instructor at the National Piping Centre teaching on the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland BA Scottish Music – Piping Degree. In addition to this Stuart is also the Director of Music for the Massed Pipes and Drums at the Basel Tattoo in Switzerland, which takes place annually in July and The Berlin Tattoo in Germany which takes place in November.
Stuart Samson is not available for lessons.
Callum comes from Bo’ness, West Lothian and currently is an instructor at the National Piping Centre.
His tutors have included Bert Smith, Tom Speirs and now currently Willie McCallum.
Callum has played with the Lothian and Borders Police Pipe band, Shotts and Dykehead, Simon Fraser University and Inveraray and District Pipe Band. His pipe band prizes include winning the World Pipe Band championships three times, twice with Simon Fraser University and once with Shotts and Dykehead.
Callum’s solo piping achievements include;
- Northern Meetings, Inverness – Clasp (2012)
- Northern Meetings, Inverness – Highland Society of London Gold Medal (2013)
- Argyllshire Gathering, Oban – Highland Society of London Gold Medal (2011)
- Argyllshire Gathering, Oban – Silver Medal (2006)
- Argyllshire Gathering, Oban – MacGregor Memorial (2003)
- Argyllshire Gathering, Oban – Open Jigs (2011)
- Donald MacLeod Memorial, Stornoway – Piobaireachd (2013)
- Donald MacLeod Memorial, Stornoway – Overall Winner (2013)
- Dunvegan Castle, Skye – Silver Chanter (2013)
- Masters, National Piping Centre – Piobaireachd (2013)
- Cowal Highland Gathering – Open Piobaireachd (2005)
- RU Brown, Australia – Clasp (2013)
- RU Brown, Australia – Gold Medal (2012)
- RU Brown, Australia – Open MSR (2) (2012,2013)
- Scottish Piping Society of London – A grade MSR (2009)
- Springbank Invitational, Campbeltown – Hornpipe and Jig (2013)
- Inveraray Highland Games – Open March (2013)
Stevie started playing as a snare and tenor drummer at nine years old in Knightswood Juvenile Pipe Band from Glasgow.
In 1999, Stevie joined Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band under Drum Major Jim Kilpatrick and they won every major championship, both as band and drum corps. He also helped them win their first ever World Bass Section Championship in 2002.
He left the band in 2003 to take some time out, but he was brought back to drumming by Drum Sergeant Barry Wilson and from 2004 Steven played a key role in developing the Tenor and Bass section at the ScottishPower Pipe Band. He left the band in 2007 and he is now playing with Cullybackey Pipe Band.
Stevie teaches at Oban high school who won the worlds 2010 and play for Bagad Brieg from France, who won the world drumming in Grade 2, 2010. He also teaches pipe bands in Eire, Germany, Spain and Switzerland.
John has been a professional performer and educator for over 30 years. He was an instructor at The Percussion Institute of Technology, Hollywood, California having developed the technique curriculum there. John has done extensive studio work in addition to tutoring some of the world’s finest drumset players, including Kenny Aronoff (Smashing Pumpkins, John Fogerty, Elton John), Ashwin Sood (Sarah McLaughlin), Daniel Adair (3 Doors Down and Nickelback), and Jason McGurr (Death Cab for Cutie).
John’s extensive knowledge in all genres of drumset playing place him in high demand as a lecturer in North America. John’s other achievements have been the North American Solo Rudimental Drum Champion, lead drummer of the inception of the City of Victoria Pipe Band, past member of the World Champion Drum Corps, Shotts & Dykehead, and was the lead drummer of the 78th Frasers, Ontario
**Instructors may vary due to unforeseen circumstances**