Scots Guard Club News

On Sunday 12 April Steven Gray won through to the final of the Scots Guards Club knockout beating Greig Wilson.
Steven will meet Craig Sutherland in the final at the Scots Guards Club Haymarket Edinburgh on Sunday 03 May 4pm
Tickets £10.00 curry served after
Contact Scots Guards Club 0131 337 1084

Donald MacLeod Memorial 2015 Results

Willie McCallum won the 2015 Donald MacLeod Memorial Competition. Iain Speirs came second overall.


  1. Willie McCallum
  2. Iain Speirs
  3. Finlay Johnston
  4. Glenn Brown

March, Strathspey & Reel

  1. Willie McCallum
  2. Iain Speirs
  3. Gordon McCready
  4. Callum Beaumont

Hornpipe & Jig

  1. Gordon McCready
  2. Glenn Brown
  3. Callum Beaumont
  4. Iain Speirs

Archie Kenneth Quaich 2015

The 23rd annual Archie Kenneth Quaich competition for amateur piobaireachd players was held in the Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society rooms in Edinburgh on Saturday 7 March. The competition is sponsored by the Piobaireachd Society. The Archie Kenneth Quaich was won, for the third time, by Tom Peterkin from Edinburgh, who played the Lament for Captain MacDougall.
Archie Kenneth 2015
The full list of prize winners and their tunes were as follows:

  1. Tom Peterkin – Lament for Captain MacDougall
  2. Andrew Frater – Tulloch Ard
  3. Michael Graham – You’re Welcome, Ewen
  4. John Frater – MacLeod’s Controversy
  5. Bob Low – The Black Wedder’s White Tail
  6. Stewart Gaudin – Lament for Donald Duaghal Mackay

The judges were Colin MacLellan and Jenny Hazzard and the prizes were presented by Andrew Wright, Honorary President of The Piobaireachd Society. Dugald MacNeill once again took on the arduous task of steward and announcer and kept things moving along smoothly all day.
Colin and Jenny provided written critiques and were happy to give direct feedback after the competition, a gesture much appreciated by the competitors.
On this occasion there were 27 competitors, mostly from Scotland and various parts of England and Wales. Two competitors were from the USA and one was from Germany. Several were making their first appearances in this competition.
Competitors submit two tunes and are advised a week in advance which has been chosen for them to play. A wide variety of tunes was presented, including a number of modern compositions, and none were repeated. Some excellent bagpipes were in evidence and the tunes were generally well prepared and musically performed.
Thanks are due to the Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society who once again contributed the use of their rooms and bar. This is an ideal venue for the competition and makes for a relaxed congenial atmosphere.

Alan Forbes
Music Committee Secretary
The Piobaireachd Society

The Pipers’ Trail 2015

Would you like to play at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo?

Following the huge success of The Pipers’ Trail as part of the 2014 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, we are now looking to extend the scheme.
Last year, we brought together a tremendous volunteer band of 27 pipers and drummers under Pipe Major Selwood to rehearse and perform for the whole of the Tattoo season in Edinburgh. They created a major impact. They integrated seamlessly with the team – over 250 pipers and drummers in established bands – were well turned out, expert in their foot drill and played to a splendid standard. Our own view of the band’s performance and the judgement of the Director of Bagpipe Music were further reinforced in a number of hugely positive remarks in our audience feedback. This wonderful result have encouraged us to develop our vision and plans at pace.

The Massed Pipes and Drums that have played at the Tattoo to such tremendous effect for the last 65 years has traditionally been drawn from the United Kingdom’s Armed Forces: the Scottish Regiments along with those with a Celtic tradition and the Royal Gurkha Rifles. This core capability has been beautifully reinforced by formed Pipes and Drums invited from amongst our friends and allies around the world; a wonderful selection of civilian bands and some schools and colleges. The mix has always worked elegantly and well, with everyone receiving the Tattoo pipe programme some months out and then coming together for a period of rehearsal in Edinburgh, before joining up with the rest of the cast for rehearsals in Redford Barracks and at the Castle.

The Pipers Trail was originally conceived in 2007 as an ‘Army in Scotland’ campaign to engage with the civil community. Over 4 years the scheme covered the length and breadth of Scotland visiting schools and communities encouraging an interest in the Great Highland Bagpipe, Highland Drumming and Dancing. Now, the project has been taken on by the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo with the same broad intentions but also to enable a wider community to participate in one of the world’s greatest celebrations of pipe, drums and military music.

Development of The Pipers Trail was stimulated by a comment by a piper made in 2011: “I have been waiting all my life to march across the drawbridge with the Massed Pipes and Drums, playing as one.”
This remark coupled with the Tattoo’s desire to draw ‘talented’ pipers and drummers to the Massed Pipes and Drums led to our developing a scheme that would allow musicians, who may be linked or not linked to a formed band, to join in. With Scottish Government support, we equipped and uniformed a single file of pipers and drummers, with a Pipe Major, Drum Major and Base Drummer. The process of recruiting and auditioning volunteers, equipping and uniforming them, conducting practice and rehearsal was refined through the pilot and we are now looking to recruit a new and larger band for the 2015 season. This time, we are looking for 2 full files: 50 pipers and drummers in all!

Those pipers and drummers looking to be considered to take part in this unique musical experience should have a smart bearing and presence, be a capable musician and be prepared to practice and perform throughout the Tattoo period. The 2015 Tattoo will run over the period 2 – 29 August 2015 (including rehearsals). We are looking for pipers and drummers who can play to at least Grade 3 standard, with the ability to assimilate the 2015 Pipe and Drum score and take instruction. We are keen to encourage selected and talented younger players and are very keen to encourage participation from the international piping and drumming community.

Our theme this coming year is ‘East Meets West’ and looks to bring together performers from China, India, Russia, Europe, the United States and South America. We have invited formed pipe bands from Australia, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, New Zealand and the USA. The Pipers’ Trail band will join this huge array to form a singular band of nearly 250 musicians.

With the continuing support of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, The National Piping Centre, The College of Piping and the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming. The vision is to increase the proficiency and reach of The Pipers Trail to deliver a formidable piping and drumming capability for public performance in Scotland and around the world. This year, we are also looking to build a database that can be developed to offer further opportunities to perform at other events in Scotland and around the world.

Those interested should email applications to: The email should be accompanied with a CV and some evidence of playing standard. If formal qualifications are unavailable, applicants may provide a reference from a Pipe Major of an established Band. Applications will close on 28 February 2015.

Successful candidates will be provided with Full Dress uniform and the necessary tuition in foot drill, turnout, musicianship and the opportunity to join 250 other pipers and drummers as part of the Massed Pipes and Drums. The Band will perform each evening in front of a live international audience of 8,800 each evening – a total of 220,000 during the season and a further 100 – 300 million on television around the World! Over half of all available tickets to the 2015 Show were sold on the first day tickets went on sale!

Brigadier David Allfrey MBE
Chief Executive and Producer, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Administrative Officer Vacancy

Job title: Administrative Officer Department:

Piping School Responsible to: Director of Piping and Director of Administration

Main duties include:

Co-ordination of all tuition, excepting evening classes, and including in-house schools and events abroad, daytime tuition and Scottish Qualifications Authority exams.

  • Answering general and tuition enquiries by phone and email.
  • Maintenance of student records database and online tuition diary.
  • Managing subscriptions for Piping Today magazine, proof-reading, organising distribution of magazines, producing mailing lists and renewal advice.
  • Issuing invoices, including for tuition at local schools, Piping Today adverts and others.
  • Producing printed material for courses and Schools, including timetables, confirmation letters/emails and other information.  Ordering stationery, computing, printer and sundry supplies.
  • Opening and sorting post.
  • General office administration including provision of forms, exam material, filing, supervision of leave requests.
  • Co-ordinating and managing specific events organised by the National Piping Centre such as performances and competitions.
  • Liaison with contractors as required.
  • Submitting licence applications and sourcing infrastructure for Glasgow International Piping Festival, Piping Live!
  • Administration and processing of all SQA exams; management of systems and processes; maintenance of exam material.
  • Oversee improvements in general procedures and workflow.

See Full Information and Job Description HERE

The Great Glen Kayak Challenge Concert

Willie Park, the College of Piping’s Shop Manager is to undertake a new fund-raising venture on behalf of the College. In 2007 Willie climbed to Everest Base Camp (18,000ft) in aid of the College Building Fund, raising more than £7,000. In 2011 Willie helped raise funds by kayaking around Arran, earning him the nickname Park the Paddle. Now, Willie’s latest fund-raising venture sees him kayak the entire length of the Caledonian Canal from Corpach, near Fort William, to Inverness – all 60 miles (97km) of it in aid of the College’s educational activities. Willie’s kayaking challenge will be in May.

To help Willie on his way, The Great Glen Kayak Challenge Concert will be held on March 28 at the College, featuring Allan MacDonald, Callum Beaumont, Chris Armstrong and Donald Black.

Tickets are priced at £8 and are available from the College of Piping Shop or the Shop website


Vacancy – Pipe Band Drumming Instructor

Royal Air Force of Oman
Vacancy – Pipe Band Drumming Instructor

  • 1 year renewable contract
  • Fantastic teaching opportunity with excellent working hours/conditions
  • Salary: 1450 Rials per month tax free (Approx £2400)
  • 60 days paid leave plus all local holidays
  • 3 paid flights per year
  • Full medical cover
  • Single status “on base” accommodation (utility free)

Potential candidates should send their CV along with cover letter of application, copies of qualifications/certificates to:  Roddy MacLeod MBE, Principal, The National Piping Centre:

Closing date: Monday 30th March

Potential applicants should be:

  • Aged between 25-50
  • Excellent health
  • In procession valid driving licence
  • Qualified (Degree graduate, PDQB/RSPBA Certificates)
  • Proven playing ability (ideally grade one playing experience)
  • Experienced/passionate teacher (post is mainly class room teaching)
  • Working knowledge of the PDQB/SCQF syllabus
  • Proven, successful track record in coaching bands for competition
  • Excellent snare drumming skills with working knowledge of bass, tenor and drum majoring
  • Able to manage/lead a section of 40 drummers (varied standards and learning abilities) and contribute fully as member of the management team