Generous Sponsorship from R.G. Hardie & Co

A huge thank you to R.G.Hardie & Co who sponsored the recent NPC summer school in Winchester, Virginia, by donating a beautiful set of PH01 Peter Henderson thistle engraved bagpipes.


The pipes were awarded to Ross Evans (pictured) whom the instructors deemed the most deserving student after a successful week of piping. These are Ross’s first set of pipes and we wish him all the best in his future piping endeavours!

Piping Instructor Vacancy Strathallan School

Strathallan School wishes to appoint a Piping Instructor ideally from September 2014 although it will be possible to delay for the right candidate.  The priority will be to develop the School Pipe Band and individual pipers.  There will also be the opportunity for a suitable candidate to play a part in the wider life of the school and an involvement certainly with the boarding aspects would be an advantage.  Technical knowledge, capability with administrative duties, and vitally the ability to enthuse pupils for piping will be required.

Applications, with a full CV and the names and addresses of two referees, are invited before Monday, 9th June 2014.


DOWNLOAD FULL JOB DESCRIPTION HERE Piping Instructor Job Description



Tel: 01738 815000 email: Fax: 01738 815001

Scott Wood Band LIVE @ The National Piping Centre

Having burst onto the folk scene at the Celtic Connections Festival Club, the Scott Wood Band are set to fire into their first ever full length show on the 25th April at The National Piping Centre, Glasgow. They will be showcasing sets from their forthcoming album, including new, original compositions, so you better bring your dancing shoes along!

» Tickets available online or at the door.

Support – Chris Gray & Craig Irving

Where: The National Piping Centre, 30-34 McPhater Street, Glasgow. G4 0HW.
When: Friday 25th April
Price: £10/£8
Doors: 7:30pm

Check out the brand new video of their track ‘Sheep Running About’

Scott Wood – Bagpipes/Whistles
Mhairi Mackinnon – Fiddle
Ron Jappy – Guitar
Angus Tikka – Bass
Mark Scobbie – Drums

“The most exciting new traditional act in Scotland.” – Tiree Music Festival.

Facebook: Scott Wood Band
Twitter: @ScottWoodBand

Evening and Saturday Classes – Enrol Now!

Term 3 of Evening and Saturday Classes at The National Piping Centre will commence from the 26th of April 2014.

Complete Beginners are welcomed.
A range of days and times are offered for students at all levels.
Fees are £80 for Under 16’s and £90 for Adults.
The term lasts for 10 weeks.

For online enrolment, more information, and to download the brochure visit:

Spring Recital Series 2014

A new recital series is coming to The National Piping Centre this spring, featuring some of the world’s best, newest and most exciting pipers.

20th June

Clasp Winners
One of the leading pipers of this generation Callum Beaumont is joined by multi-title winning Angus MacColl at this solo piping recital
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We invite you to come and experience excellence in piping, whether you have just started learning or have been involved in piping for many years.

Tickets £10 adults / £8 conc
For tickets please visit

2014 Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships Results

The 2014 Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships were held at Broughton High School, Edinburgh on Sunday 9 March 2014. Below are the results from the competition:


  1. Tobermory High School
  2. St Agatha’s Primary School
  3. Beath High School A Quartet

Debut section

  1. Ross and Cromarty Schools
  2. Renfrewshire Schools
  3. Ampleforth Highlanders

Junior B section

  1. Queen Victoria School, Dunblane
  2. Davidson’s Mains Cluster Schools, Edinburgh
  3. Knox Academy, Haddington

Junior A Section

  1. High School of Dundee
  2. Glenalmond College A Band
  3. Loretto CCF

Novice Juvenile

  1. George Heriot’s School
  2. George Watson’s College
  3. Dollar Academy


  1. Dollar Academy
  2. George Watson’s College
  3. George Heriot’s School

Freestyle section

  1. Gordonstoun School
  2. High School of Glasgow
  3. Preston Lodge High School, Prestonpans

Head of Highland Drumming Vacancy

Royal Cavalry Band
Sultan of Oman

An equestrian establishment in the Sultanate of Oman welcomes applications for the following post:


Excellent benefits include a one year renewable (single/married status) contract, an attractive tax free salary, 50 days paid annual home leave, return flights, excellent social and recreational facilities and the opportunity to enjoy a pleasant lifestyle in Oman’s cosmopolitan society.

Please forward full CV together with copies of professional certificates and passport to the following address:

C/O Bernadette Griffin, Charles Kendall & Partners,
7 Albert Court, Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BJ


Tel: 0044 (0)207 589 1256
Fax: 0044 (0)207 589 1836

2014 Junior Competition Results

Saturday 22nd February 2014 The National Piping Centre Junior Competition Results:

Chanter Slow Air: Chanter March 
1. Ian Hamilton 1. Jack Smith
2. Guy Shafer 2. Archie Clark
3. Archie Clark 3. Ian Hamilton
4. Angus McLean 4. Duncan Orr
5. Duncan Orr 5. Angus MacLean
6. Archie MacFadyen 6. Scott MacDonald
U15 Piobaireachd  U15 March  U15 Strathspey & Reel U15 Piobaireachd (Ground)
1. Calum Ian Brown 1. Calum Ian Brown 1. Calum Ian Brown 1. Ben Muir
2. Harry McLachlan 2. Robbie MacIsaac 2. Harry McLachlan 2. Blair Dickenson
3. Robbie McIsaac 3. Harry McLachlan 3. Robbie MacIsaac
4. James Miller 4. Donald Stewart 4. Donald Stewart
5. Lewis Russell 5. James Miller 5. Lewis Russell
6. Donald C Stewart 6. Owen Sweeny 6. Angus Finlay MacPhee
15-17 Jig 15-17 MSR 15-17 Piobaireachd 
1. Seamus O’Baoighill 1. Ciaran Ross 1. Cameron MacDougall
2. Harry Richards 2. Daniel McDermott 2. Brighde Chaimbeul
3. Cameron MacDougall 3. Brighde Chaimbeul 3. Seamus O’Baoighill
4. John Dew 4. Chris Coates 4. Calum Carslaw
5. Alasdair Donaghy 5. Seamus O’Baoighill 5. John Dew
6. Alasdair Hutcheon 6. Lucy Ferguson 6. Ciaren Ross

Overall Chanter Champion Ian Hamilton

Overall Novice Champion  Calum Ian Brown

Overall Junior Champion  Seamus O’Baoighill