Pipe Majors Ross Miller & Calum Watson

Ross Miller

Ross-MillerRoss Miller is 18 and is from Linlithgow, West Lothian. He is a first year student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland studying the traditional music degree.

He began piping in 2002, aged 7, in Cabarfeidh Bagpipe Supplies, Inverness before moving south and joining Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band. Ross progressed through the Novice and Juvenile bands before joining the Grade 1 Band for the 2012 season. In his first season with the Grade 1 band Ross was lucky enough to win the European and Cowal championships, as well as taking part in the prestigious “Pre-Worlds” concert at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Competing regularly in Solo competitions around Scotland, he won the Overall title at the National Piping Centre’s junior competition and the Falkirk Tryst Piping recital in 2012, Ross has just completed his first season in the Adult Grades.

Ross has performed in festivals and concerts in many countries such as: USA, France, Germany and Switzerland. In early 2013 he travelled to New Zealand and competed in the New Zealand & South Pacific Championships with the City of Invercargill Pipe Band, where the band won the Grade 2 event.

Ross is also a Grade 8 Trombonist, he has played in all the Orchestras and Bands in his school, as well as playing in the pit orchestra for many shows. He was thrilled to be invited to play in the Usher Hall with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He has his own ceilidh band, performs regularly with the West Lothian Schools Folk Group and is heavily involved in amateur theatre in both Linlithgow and Edinburgh where he has played leading roles in many sold out shows, including playing “Dad” in the Scottish amateur Premiere of “Billy Elliot”. Ross is the youngest ever recipient of a Young Scot of the Year award at the age of 12 (in 2007).

He is delighted to be the Pipe Major of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland.

Calum Watson

Calum-WatsonCalum was born in January 1995 and is currently studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

He initially received tuition from Iain Simpson at George Watson’s College firstly joining the school’s Novice Juvenile band in 2007, under Ross Harvey, before becoming a member of the very successful Juvenile band in 2008. In his final years at school Calum was appointed Junior Pipe Major the school’s junior band and Pipe Sergeant of the Juvenile band. During his time in the band Calum has enjoyed the success of 3 World Championships, 4 Champion of Champions titles and a double grand slam (in 2011 and 2012). Calum has also led the Novice Juvenile band to win the World Championships in 2013.

Outside of bands Calum also enjoy playing in solo contests and has tuition from both Jonathon Simpson and Tom Speirs. He has enjoyed great success in the junior competition circuit and is now carrying that through to higher grades. Previously Calum has won many prizes including winning all of the C grade contests at the Blairgowrie Games.

Since leaving George Watson’s College at the end of the 2013 season, I Calum joined Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (Grade 1) and is looking forward to playing the 2014 season with the band.