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Patron HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, KG, KT, GCB.
Founders: Sir Brian Ivory, CBE, FRSE - Lady Ivory, DL - Sandy Grant Gordon, CBE.    Read More

Members

Director

Alisdair McLaren

Alisdair McLaren

Alisdair is from Perth, Western Australia. He began piping at Trinity College, Perth at the age of 13 where he also received tuition from local pipers John MacMurchie and Malcolm Brown.

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Drumming Instructors

David Ross

David Ross

David began his drumming career at the age of four with Inverkeithing and District Pipe Band. David moved on to Burntisland and District Pipe Band receiving tuition under Mark Gibson.

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David Henderson

David Henderson

David began drumming at Knightswood Novice Juvenile Pipe Band under the instruction of Alistair Hepburn, after being taught by his father, Stuart Henderson. David was appointed leading drummer of the Band at the age of 13 and enjoyed a further two years with the band.

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Pipe Major Senior Band

Pipe Major Ross Miller

Pipe Major Ross Miller

Ross is 21 and hails from Linlithgow, West Lothian where he is the official Town Piper.

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Pipe Major Calum Watson

Pipe Major Calum Watson

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

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Pipe Sergeant Senior Band

Pipe Sergeant Daniel McDermott

Pipe Sergeant Daniel McDermott

Daniel is 18 and comes from Rothesay, on the Island of Bute. He is currently in his second year studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on the BMus Traditional Music - Piping degree course with first study Bagpipes and second study Piano.

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Pipe Sergeant Gregor Norris

Pipe Sergeant Gregor Norris

Gregor started learning the practice chanter at the age of 7 under the instruction of Gordon Lawrie until his final year at school.

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Leading Drummer Senior Band

Senior Drum Sergeant Daniel Luby

Senior Drum Sergeant Daniel Luby

Daniel started learning the drums in 2008, having been inspired through his local primary school.

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Pipe Major Development Band

Pipe Major Iain Crawford

Pipe Major Iain Crawford

Iain was born in February 1996 and has lived in Strathaven since he was 3 years old.

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Pipe Sergeant Development Band

Pipe Sergeant Andrew Clark

Pipe Sergeant Andrew Clark

Andrew is 18 from Montrose, Angus, and currently lives in the capital where he studies Law at the University of Edinburgh.

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Pipe Sergeant Josh Fraser

Pipe Sergeant Josh Fraser

Josh Fraser is from Inchinnan, Scotland and is currently studying on the Bmus Traditional Music- Piping Course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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Pipe Sergeant Robyn McKay

Pipe Sergeant Robyn McKay

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Pipe Sergeant Harry HcLachlan

Pipe Sergeant Harry HcLachlan

Harry joined the National Youth Pipe Band project in 2010 when he was scouted for the Development Band and he successfully auditioned for entry into the senior pipe corps in January 2012.

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Leading Drummer Development Band

Development Drum Sergeant Craig Baxter

Development Drum Sergeant Craig Baxter

Craig began learning the snare drum 7 years ago at the age of 9, receiving tuition at the Royal Burgh of Stirling Pipe Band from Steven Nelson and Scott Birrell.

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Supporting Musicians

Fraser Stone - Kit/Percussion

Fraser Stone - Kit/Percussion

Fraser Stone is one of the top drummers / percussionists in his field today.

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Euan Malloch - Electric/Acoustic Guitar

Euan Malloch - Electric/Acoustic Guitar

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Al James - Bass Guitar

Al James - Bass Guitar

Al studied Double Bass and Bass Guitar for five years at the Royal Northern college of Music gaining valuable performance experience in orchestras, function bands, chamber groups and Jazz ensembles.

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Alistair Paterson - Keyboard

Alistair Paterson - Keyboard

Alistair is a piper and piano player from the village of Bishopton.

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Scott Wood - Low Whistle

Scott Wood - Low Whistle

Scott is a multi-instrumentalist from Erskine, Renfrewshire.

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Andy Lamb - Fiddle

Andy Lamb - Fiddle

Andrew Lamb is a Glasgow based musician. A multi-instrumentalist originally from Edinburgh, he moved to Glasgow in 2005 to study at Glasgow University.

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Ron Jappy - Acoustic Guitar

Ron Jappy - Acoustic Guitar

Born and brought up in the small, coastal village of Findochty in the North East of Scotland, Ron began fiddle and violin lessons from a young age in primary school before moving on to the piano.

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Honour Board

Directors

  • Paul Warren 2003 - 2008
  • Alisdair McLaren 2009 - Present

Senior Band Pipe Majors

  • Ben Duncan
  • Keith Bowes
  • Kyle Warren
  • Emma Buchan
  • Craig Muirhead
  • Ross Miller/Calum Watson

Senior Band Pipe Sergeants

  • Keith Bowes
  • Kyle Warren
  • Emma Buchan
  • Craig Muirhead
  • Ross Miller/Calum Watson
  • Daniel McDermott
  • Gregor Norris

Development Band Pipe Majors

  • Scott Wood
  • Ciaran Sinclair
  • Iain Crawford

Senior Band Drum Sergeants

  • Tano Martone
  • David Ross/David Henderson
  • Steven Shedden
  • Grant Cassidy
  • Neil Bruce
  • David Mark
  • Daniel Luby

Development Band Pipe Sergeants

  • Iain Crawford
  • Andrew Clark
  • Ross Miller
  • Aimee Craig
  • Robyn McKay
  • Harry McLachlan
  • Josh Fraser

Development Band Drum Sergeants

  • Grant Cassidy
  • David Mark
  • Craig Baxter

 

 
 

Fraser Stone - Kit / Percussion

Fraser Stone is one of the top drummers / percussionists in his field today. Born in Inverness and raised in Grantown on Spey, he was first introduced to the drums at the early age of six. For over a decade he was a member of the legendary folk group, Old Blind Dogs. His renowned hybrid set-up, a signature of the band, toured the globe and featured on several of the band’s records.

Fraser is now a member of the testosterone fuelled, high octane band, Treacherous Orchestra. This beast of a band emerged from the vibrant melting pot of Glasgow’s 21st-century folk scene. They have headlined a whole host of festivals at home and abroad, and were lucky enough to play to a sold out Hyde Park as part of the BBC2 ‘Party in the Park’ celebrations. 'Fraser Stone drives this beast of a band like a monster truck.’ (The Scotsman)

He has been a recording artist / arranger for soundtracks in a number of high profile productions, including the recent BBC film, ‘What We Did On Our Holidays' and the award winning USA TV series ‘Outlander’. He also appeared in a number of scenes as a musician.

Fraser is now an endorsed artist and plays an array of handmade cymbals from the well regarded cymbal maker, Murat Diril. He also plays drums from the Kansas based drum company, TreeHouse Drums.

Teaching has always been an integral part of his career and an excellent companion to his performance and recording schedule. His personality and teaching style has led him to establish a good reputation within many respected organisations. 

He now develops exciting rhythm based projects for councils throughout Scotland.

 
 

Euan Malloch - Electric/Acoustic Guitar

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Al James - Bass Guitar

Al studied Double Bass and Bass Guitar for five years at the Royal Northern college of Music gaining valuable performance experience in orchestras, function bands, chamber groups and Jazz ensembles. He was fortunate to have had additional tuition with Dave Hassell, Mike Hall, and Stan Barker before returning to Edinburgh to attend Edinburgh University where he completed a Masters Degree. Al currently divides his time between playing and teaching in a variety of contexts and is involved with various projects including recording sessions, function bands, pit orchestras, Edinburgh Festival productions, Ceilidh bands, shows and tours.

 
 

Alistair Paterson - Keyboard

Alistair is a piper and piano player from the village of Bishopton. He graduated from the Scottish music course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2013, and was fortunate to be awarded three scholarships during his studies, most notably the Martyn Bennett Memorial Scholarship in 2012. 

Since graduating, Alistair has been working full time as a musician on a variety of projects in the areas of performing, teaching, composing, arranging and recording. He plays keyboards with folk band Barluath who recently released their second album and were nominated in the "Up and Coming Artist" section at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2014. 

Notable performances have taken Alistair around the world to countries such as Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, the USA and Brazil and he has performed with a variety of other musicians including singer Robyn Stapleton, fiddler Patsy Reid and piper James Mackenzie. In 2013 he toured and performed with the National Theatre of Scotland production "A Little Bird Blown Off Course" and recently became a member of the Live Music Now scheme with singer Ainsley Hamill. Alistair was a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2014.

A keen piper, Alistair has also played with Johnstone Pipe Band since 2004, and was pipe sergeant of the Champion of Champions and World Championship winning grade 3 band in 2014.

Alistair has played keyboards with The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland since 2011 and is delighted to be a part of backing group working alongside the fantastic young pipers and drummers.

 
 

Scott Wood - Low Whistle

Scott is a multi-instrumentalist from Erskine, Renfrewshire. He was primarily taught bagpipes by Gordon McCready, Finlay MacDonald and Stuart Samson and whistles by Marc Duff.

He has competed with the Strathclyde Police and Johnstone Pipe Bands, and was Pipe Sergeant of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland Senior and Pipe Major of their Development Bands.

Scott holds a degree in Scottish Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and was a finalist in the 2013 BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year Competition. In 2015, Scott released his debut album ‘Upsurge’ with the ‘Scott Wood Band’ to great critical acclaim, and received nominations for ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Folk Band of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards.

Scott has toured on nearly every continent on the globe and has performed with acts such as The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Mànran, Rura, Mischa Macpherson Trio, Drams Ceilidh Band, Skerryvore, Phil Cunningham and Carlos Nunez.

 
 

Andy Lamb - Fiddle

Andrew Lamb is a Glasgow based musician. A multi-instrumentalist originally from Edinburgh, he moved to Glasgow in 2005 to study at Glasgow University. Glasgow's vibrant traditional music scene, coupled with his background in piping and country dance band music soon led Andrew to play gigs with a number of ceilidh and dance bands in the West of Scotland. During this time he also gained experience working with a number of theatre companies in Glasgow, playing violin, piano and bass for several musical productions. In 2011 Andrew began post-graduate study of Scottish Music at the RCS, where he collaborated with American piper Will Woodson, together performing at various events and festivals including Piping Live.
 
Andrew first started playing with the National Youth Pipe Band in 2009 and has been playing fiddle with them ever since. His highlights with the band have included playing at the Usher Hall (where he used to work), travelling all over Scotland with the outreach programmes, and playing at the Basel Christmas Tattoo in 2014.
 
Andrew performs regularly with the Smoking Barrel Ceilidh Band, the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland, Glasgow Music Theatre and in a duo with Glasgow musician, Ron Jappy. Andrew also teaches private students individually and through workshops, and is a part-time secondary school teacher.

 
 

Ron Jappy - Acoustic Guitar

Born and brought up in the small, coastal village of Findochty in the North East of Scotland, Ron began fiddle and violin lessons from a young age in primary school before moving on to the piano. Ron then broadened his knowledge of Scottish fiddle music with the Strathspey fiddlers. Travelling with the group, he performed in many situations as a solo and group performer throughout the UK, Germany and Texas. After moving to Glasgow to study, he then learned how to play the guitar. A Graduate of RSAMD 2011, Ron has always had a passion for performing and teaching music and while studying and living in Glasgow, Ron has had a number of experiences presented to him through the rich music scene available, and is now an accomplished guitar, fiddle and piano player.
 
As well as playing in the backing band for the National Youth Pipe Band Of Scotland, Ron is a part of the Live Music Now Scheme and is a member of “Folk Band Of The Year” nominees The Scott Wood Band. Along with numerous gigs and trips overseas, Ron has performed for a number of high profile individuals such as; Sir Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Karen Gillan, Sir Patrick Stewart, Pippa Middleton and Ewan McGregor to name a few.

 
 

David Ross

David began his drumming career at the age of four with Inverkeithing and District Pipe Band. David moved on to Burntisland and District Pipe Band receiving tuition under Mark Gibson. Under the direction of Mark the drum corps went from strength to strength winning all major titles at Novice Juvenile level and progressed to produce the same success at Juvenile level.

In 2005 David made the jump into Grade One, playing for the world-renowned Dysart and Dundonald. Two years later David joined Strathclyde Police Pipe Band under the direction of Eric Ward.  Currently David plays with the Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band under the world-class leadership of Jim Kilpatrick MBE. Since joining Shotts David has won various drum corps titles including the World Drum Corps Champions title and Champions of Champions title.

Between 2004-2008 David held the post of leading drummer of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. As a founding member of the youth band David has travelled extensively all over the World and has performed with artists such as Carlos Nunez and Amy MacDonald.

David successfully gained a Second-Class Upper Degree in his BA (Hons) Business Studies from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2009. David also holds the Piping and Drumming Qualifications (Level 4) Certificate, and Teacher's Certificate, affiliated by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA).
 
David also enjoyed success while in the Juvenile solo drumming circuit in Scotland, achieving sixteen 1st places and over twenty-four top 6 places. David concluded his Juvenile solo-drumming career in 2005 winning the World Solo Drumming Championships at Under 18 level.

David is currently a full-time Pipe Band Drumming Instructor for West Lothian Council, Stirling Council, Strathallan School and The Community School of Auchterarder. Alongside this David also performs with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers at concerts and events worldwide.

 
 

David Henderson

David started his drumming career at the Knightswood Novice Juvenile Pipe Band under the instruction of Alasdair Hepburn, after being taught by his father, Stuart Henderson, at their home in Glasgow. David was appointed leading drummer of the Band at the age of 13 and remained with the band for two years after that.

At the age of 15, David made the leap to Grade 1 and joined the David Urquhart Travel Pipes and Drums. David enjoyed an exciting and educational two years at the David Urquhart Travel Pipes and Drums and decided to move to the regular prize winning Clan Gregor Society Pipe Band in 2006, where he enjoyed a successful season, playing his first ever Grade 1 final.

In 2007, David was accepted on to the Scottish Music degree course at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) in Glasgow, specialising in Pipe Band Drumming and Piping. David graduated with a BA (Scottish Music) Honours Degree in 2009. This was also the year that David joined Drum Major Jim Kilpatrick MBE in the House of Edgar – Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band. David has won every major drumming title with Shotts, including the Scottish, British, European, Cowal and World Drumming Champions titles in 2011 and 2014. He has also won the Champion of Champions drumming title 3 times. David also travelled with the Shotts drum corps to Basel, Switzerland to play alongside the Top Secret Drum Corps as part of ‘Top Secret – The Show’ to sell out crowds. David was also part of the Shotts team that played at the opening of Live Earth in 2007 at Wembley Arena, alongside legendary rock drummers Chad Smith (Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Roger Taylor (Queen) and Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters).

David is currently a full-time Pipe Band Drumming instructor at a number of institutions around the central belt. He primarily teaches at The Glasgow Academy, Craigclowan Preparatory School and North Lanarkshire Schools. David is also a Visiting Assessor in Pipe Band Drumming for the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

David is also a percussionist with the world-renowned bagrock group, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers. David currently plays at concerts and events all over the UK and abroad.

David is also an ex-member of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland, where he gained huge amounts of experience playing worldwide in places such as Mexico, Spain, Italy and Ireland.

In 2016, David joined Drum Major Jim Kilpatrick MBE at The Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band.  The drum corps were successful in winning the U.K drumming champions title that year.  In October of 2016, David was appointed leading drummer of the Grade 1 Glasgow Police Pipe Band.  The drum corps continue to develop under David’s leadership and are looking forward to the future ahead.  

 
 

Pipe Major Ross Miller

Ross is 21 and hails from Linlithgow, West Lothian where he is the official Town Piper. He studies Bagpipes, Scots Song and Whistles at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he receives tuition from Roddy MacLeod MBE, Stuart Samson MBE, Finlay MacDonald, Fiona Hunter and Marc Duff.

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. In 2016 Ross became a member of the Grade 1 Inveraray and District Pipe Band and was a part of the band that recently won the British Pipe Band Championships held in Paisley 2016.

Ross has performed in festivals and concerts in many countries such as: USA, France, Germany, Switzerland and the Czech Republic as well as appearing on BBC Hogmanay Live and performing solo on the roof of Murrayfield Stadium. 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.

A Grade 8 Trombonist, Ross has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at the Usher Hall. A keen theatre performer he has appeared in many amateur musical productions throughout Edinburgh and Linlithgow. Ross was the recipient of the Young Scot of the Year award for heritage at the age of 12 (in 2007).

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

 
 

Pipe Major Calum Watson

Calum 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.

 
 

Pipe Sergeant Daniel McDermott

Daniel is 18 and comes from Rothesay, on the Island of Bute. He is currently in his second year studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on the BMus Traditional Music - Piping degree course with first study Bagpipes and second study Piano. 

Daniel began learning to play the chanter at the age of six under Iain MacDonald from Bute where he later progressed onto the bagpipes. Daniel joined the Inveraray and District  Novice Juvenile pipe band in the autumn of 2009 under the direction of Robert Stewart. After gaining 2nd place at the Worlds that year, the band gained promotion to the Juvenile grade for the next season. Daniel became the acting Pipe Major for the majority of the 2011 season following the sad passing of Robert Stewart. He then progressed through to the Grade 1 band that autumn and played in his first major championship in Grade 1 at 15 years old. 

Daniel rates the pre-worlds concert "Ascension" in 2013, the band's first major championship win at the European Championships in Forres in 2014, the bands 2nd place at the World Championships in 2014 and the bands win at the British Championships in 2016 as the most notable in his pipe band career. 

Outside of the pipe band scene Daniel has also had a successful solo piping career to date, being consistently placed at many of the major junior competitions in Scotland. His most notable solo piping prizes include the overall prize at the National Piping Centre Junior Competition in 2013, the Burgh Cup and both Junior MSR and Junior Piobaireachd at Cowal games in 2014.

Daniel has been a member of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland since joining the Development Band in 2008 and progressing to the Senior Band for the 2009 “Dragon's Lair” concert. He has been on several overseas tours with the band including the William Kennedy Festival in Armagh and the Basel Christmas Tattoo in 2014 as well as playing in all the major concerts with the band. During the summer of 2014, Daniel was appointed Pipe Sergeant of the NYPBoS Senior Band along with Gregor Norris.

 
 

Pipe Sergeant Gregor Norris

Gregor started learning the practice chanter at the age of 7 under the instruction of Gordon Lawrie until his final year at school. At the age of 9 he joined the Dumbarton and District Novice Juvenile Pipe Band competing with them for 2 seasons culminating in runners up at The World’s and Cowal Champions. At the age of 11 Gregor moved to the Dumbarton Grade 2 Pipe Band where he stayed for 4 seasons. It was during that same period that he joined the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland Development Band, before moving into the senior band a year later. In 2012 he joined the Grade 2 Lomond and Clyde Pipe Band, with whom he competed with for 2 seasons, achieving a runners up in the Grade 2 Champion of Champions table.

Gregor took the 2015 band season out due to other music commitments he had at the time. This included taking on the role as pipe major of his school band, The High School of Glasgow Pipe Band. During his break from the season he also led a fusion group from the school, comprising of pipes and many other instruments. In the piece, which was arranged by Gregor, he played both whistle and pipes. The performance resulted in becoming champions in the Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships Freestyle event 2015. After his year out in 2015, he joined Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band from Vancouver, Canada.

Gregor has now been playing with the senior band for over 7 years. During this time he has performed with the band at a great number of excellent concerts including the Dragon’s Lair, Illumination, Legacy and the 400% concerts. He has toured with the band to a number of international locations, including two Switzerland tattoos and the Northern Ireland William Kennedy Festival. Gregor has also played with world famous Andre Rieu to a sold out SECC and The Chieftains, again to a sold out SECC.

Aside from piping, Gregor is a keen saxophonist, who loves jazz and has achieved a Grade 8 merit in 2012. He very much enjoys singing, and has also achieved Grade 8 merit in this field.

 
 

Senior Drum Sergeant Daniel Luby

Daniel started learning the drums in 2008, having been inspired through his local primary school. His first tutor was Scott Walsh who is a former member of the highly acclaimed  Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band under the leadership of Jim Kilpatrick MBE. Daniel is one of the founding members of the very successful Preston Lodge High School project in the East Lothian region and is the very first member to make it into the ranks of the NYPBoS Senior Band.

At the beginning of 2010 Daniel joined his first competitive band The Pryde of East Lothian Pipe Band who were at the time competing in Grade 4A. Halfway through that same season he made the switch to the Grade 1 Lothian & Borders Police Pipe Band under the leadership of Lead Drummer Jake Jorgensen where he spent a further two seasons improving his drumming skills.

In 2013 after the unfortunate disbanding of the Lothian & Border Police Pipe Band Daniel moved to the Grade 1 Police Scotland Fife Pipe Band whom he competed with for a further two more years learning from Lead Drummer Mick O’Neill before re-joining Jake Jorgenson’s new drum corps at Scottish Power in late 2014.

Outside of the competition circle Daniel is also a keen solo competitor having won many prizes throughout Scotland. He has placed a consistent 3rd at two consecutive World Solo Drumming Championships in 2013 and 2014 in the Juvenile Section 3 competition and hopes to one day compete successfully in the Adult grade. 

Daniel joined the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland in 2010 and was originally a member of the Development Band before progressing into the Senior ranks. His drumming has allowed him to travel to many different parts of the world including America, France, Switzerland and Germany as well as throughout Scotland performing and conducting workshops with the NYPBoS.

He was appointed Drum Sergeant of the Senior Band in 2014.

 
 

Pipe Major Iain Crawford

Iain was born in February 1996 and has lived in Strathaven since he was 3 years old. He was initially taught the pipes by Chris MacKenzie of the local Strathaven and District Pipe Band (a non competing band) after being inspired to begin piping by this band. He played with them for the 2006 season. He then joined North Lanarkshire Schools Pipe Band in Spring 2007 and competed at both Novice (winning both British and European Championships at the grade) and Juvenile levels before leaving the band at the end of the 2010 season. He joined West Lothian Schools Pipe Band in the summer of 2011 as Pipe Sergeant and played with them until the end of the 2013 season when he became too old to compete in juvenile competitions. After leaving West Lothian Schools, he joined Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band in grade 1 for the 2014 season. He is currently still competing with Shotts.
 
Since Autumn 2006 Iain has been taught by double Silver Medallist Gordon Bruce. He competed successfully in the junior solo circuit, regularly gaining good prizes. These included twice winning the U18 Piobaireachd at The Scots Guards competition in 2011 and 2012 as well as being the U18 Overall,Champion in 2012, winning the U18 MSR at Cowal in 2013 and coming 2nd in the U18 Piobaireachd at The Northern Meeting in both 2012 and 2013.
 
Iain joined the NYPBoS Development Band in 2008 when it was initially set up and then moved to the Senior Band in 2009. He loves being in the band and has had many great experiences in it. A selection of his favourite times within the band include his first senior band concert – The Dragon’s Lair – at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh in 2009; the Outreach trip in Caithness and Orkney in 2010; playing at the Hallenstadion, Zurich in 2011 and in the same year, as part of a trio, opening three concerts for the RSNO to full concert houses. However, his personal highlight of his time within the band was undoubtedly over Hogmanay 2012/13 when he and 4 other members completed a tour of China with the RSNO. He was also the solo piper on this trip for a piece called “Orkney Wedding With Sunrise”, which involved him walking through the crowd at full concert halls to the stage whilst playing. He has learned a large amount through being in the band and as one of the Pipe Sergeants of the Development Band he hopes to pass on some of this knowledge and enthusiasm.
 
Currently Iain is studying towards his undergraduate degree in Computer Science at the University of Strathclyde. In addition to enjoying music, in his spare time he also likes to spend time with his friends, riding his motorbike, mountain biking and windsurfing.

 
 

Pipe Sergeant Andrew Clark

Andrew is 18 from Montrose, Angus, and currently lives in the capital where he studies Law at the University of Edinburgh. He took up piping at the age of 7 and owes his interest in the instrument to the influence of his Gran and the Lanimers Procession in Lanark.  

After teaching himself to begin with, Andrew joined City of Brechin Pipe Band in 2005 and gained promotion from grade 3B to 3A in his first competitive season with the band. He then spent four seasons with the Grade 2 Bucksburn and District Pipe Band, based in Aberdeen, during which time he was Pipe Major of their Novice Juvenile band. In 2013 Andrew guested with Canterbury Caledonian at the Worlds before joining Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia the following season. 

He joined the NYPBoS Development Band in 2008, then moved to the Senior Band in 2009 and is delighted to continue his role as Development Band Pipe Sergeant.  Andrew’s highlights of his time in the youth band so far include playing in Hallenstadion, Zurich, and touring China alongside the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

 
 

Pipe Sergeant Josh Fraser

Josh Fraser is  from Inchinnan, Scotland and is currently studying on the Bmus Traditional Music- Piping Course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Josh began piping at the age of ????? under the direction of Keith Bowes Senior who at the time lived just two doors down the road from him in Inchinnan.  After six years of instruction Josh then was taught by Keith Bowes Junior which he undertook for a further three years.  

Josh now receives tuition from many instructors at the National Piping Centre such a Finally Macdonald and Stuart Samson which is part of his degree at the Conservatoire.  Josh is currently a member of the Grade 2 Johnstone Pipe Band and has been a member of The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland since 2010.  Over the past 6 years, Josh has travelled to many different countries perform at festivals and tattoos in Germany and Switzerland and to teach.

Josh looks forward to passing on his knowledge and skills to the members of the Development Band.

 
 

Pipe Sergeant Robyn McKay

Robyn has played with the NYPBoS since 2010, and is currently at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland studying for a BMus - Traditional Music (Piping). 

She currently plays with St Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band from Dublin. 

 
 

Pipe Sergeant Harry HcLachlan

Harry joined the National Youth Pipe Band project in 2010 when he was scouted for the Development Band and he successfully auditioned for entry into the senior pipe corps in January 2012. Harry's love of piping began at the age of eight when he was tutored by Stuart Letford and now continues under the guidance of Willie McCallum.

Harry has competed in solo competitions all over Scotland, winning Overall Champion in the Perthshire Highland Games Association piping league two summers in a row. Harry has also enjoyed continued success in indoor solo competitions, including winning both The Falkirk Tryst Memorial Competition and The Macmurchie Contest at the age of thirteen. He has also won Overall Under 15 Champion at The Northern Meeting junior competition twice and Overall Under 18 Champion at The National Piping Centre's junior competition in 2016.

In 2015 Harry competed in Grade 1 at The World Pipe Band Championships with The Canterbury Caledonian Society Pipe Band from New Zealand and also qualified for the final round of Pipe Idol during The Piping Live Festival.

Harry is in his final year at Breadalbane Academy and has recently been appointed the position of head boy. In his free time, Harry enjoys mountain biking and is currently undertaking his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. This year he has had tremendous success academically, receiving awards for Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics and joint Dux of School.

Harry is delighted to be one of the Pipe Sergeants for the Development Band and is proud to be part of such an innovative and exciting project.

 
 

Development Drum Sergeant Craig Baxter

Craig began learning the snare drum 7 years ago at the age of 9, receiving tuition at the Royal Burgh of Stirling Pipe Band from Steven Nelson and Scott Birrell. In the next few years he competed with Stirling in grades 4b, 3b and 3a under Ian Russell and George Walls, and was lucky to be part of a very successful corps, winning several drumming championships, including Champions of Champions for drumming in 2013. In 2014 Craig moved to the Grade 1 Police Scotland Fife Pipe Band, playing under and receiving tuition from the bands lead drummer Mick O'Neill. 

Craig has also had reasonable success in solo competition, most recently a 4th in the Juvenile 2 section at the World Solo Drumming Championships 2014, and has travelled to play at numerous festivals and tattoos in Switzerland, Germany and Italy. As well as playing snare drum, Craig tries to dabble in other types of percussion and in particular enjoys playing the cajon, which which he’s played with several folk bands all over Scotland. 

Craig joined the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland in April 2013, where it has given him the opportunity to discover a whole new approach to pipe band music and to meet lots of great people. Being a member of the NYPBoS has given Craig the chance to play at many high profile events and venues nationally and internationally, and to gain important experience of mentoring other young people sharing his passion for music.

 
 

Directors

  • Paul Warren 2003 - 2008
  • Alisdair McLaren 2009 - Present

Senior Band Pipe Majors

  • Ben Duncan
  • Keith Bowes
  • Kyle Warren
  • Emma Buchan
  • Craig Muirhead
  • Ross Miller/Calum Watson
  • Daniel McDermott/Iain Crawford 

Senior Band Pipe Sergeants

  • Keith Bowes
  • Kyle Warren
  • Emma Buchan
  • Craig Muirhead
  • Ross Miller/Calum Watson
  • Daniel McDermott
  • Gregor Norris

Senior Band Drum Sergeants

  • Tano Martone
  • David Ross/David Henderson
  • Steven Shedden
  • Grant Cassidy
  • Neil Bruce
  • David Mark
  • Daniel Luby

Development Band Pipe Majors

  • Scott Wood
  • Ciaran Sinclair
  • Iain Crawford

Development Band Pipe Sergeants

  • Iain Crawford
  • Andrew Clark
  • Ross Miller
  • Aimee Craig
  • Robyn McKay
  • Harry McLachlan
  • Josh Fraser

Development Band Drum Sergeants

  • Grant Cassidy
  • David Mark
  • Craig Baxter
 
 

Alisdair McLaren

Alisdair is from Perth, Western Australia. He began piping at Trinity College, Perth at the age of 13 where he also received tuition from local pipers John MacMurchie and Malcolm Brown. In 1996 which was his final year of high school, he was promoted to Pipe Major of the Trinity College Pipes & Drums where he led the band to various juvenile championship wins in Western Australia. In the same year he was also a member of the Grade 3 Armadale City Pipe Band when they won the Australian & South Pacific Pipe Band Championships.

Alisdair joined Western Australia Police Pipe Band (WAPOL) in 1997 and was a part of a very successful period for the band winning the 1998 Grade 2 World Championships, 2001 Grade 1 American Championships and a 10th place at the 2004 World Championships Grade 1.

In 2005 whilst still living in Perth, Australia, Alisdair became the first fly in guest player for the world renowned Strathclyde Police Pipe Band, 12 times winners of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Associations World Pipe Band Championship. In 2006 Alisdair was appointed to the position of Pipe Major of the Western Australia Police Pipe Band which he held for 12 months before relocating to Glasgow in October 2007.

Alisdair is also an accomplished solo piper having won many prizes throughout Australia. At the end of 2008 he joined the ranks of the 10 time World Champions, Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band where he has won every Major title including the Scottish, British, European, Cowal, Ulster, All Ireland and World Pipe Band Championships. In 2011 and 2013 Alisdair was a part of the band that completed the “Grand Slam” winning all 5 major championships in one season including the World Pipe Band Championships.

Outside of piping Alisdair is a keen Triathlete having raced in many events throughout Western Australia and Scotland. Since 2014 Alisdair has completed the Ironman UK 70.3 ,Ironman Wales, and Challenge Roth in Germany. Recently,  Alisdair completed the Paris Marathon and is now currently training for Challenge Roth, Germany and Ironman Busselton, Western Australia, events which take place in 2016.
 

Senior Band 2016

Forename Surname Councils Instrument
Ross Miller WEST LOTHIAN Pipe Major
Calum Watson MIDLOTHIAN Pipe Major
Daniel McDermott ARGYLL & BUTE Pipe Sergeant
Griogair Norris GLASGOW Pipe Sergeant
Daniel Luby EAST LOTHIAN Drum Sergeant
Robert Allan MORAY Pipes
Calum Brown ABERDEENSHIRE Pipes
John Campbell GLASGOW Pipes
Calum Carslaw   Pipes
Andrew Clark ANGUS Pipes
Ryan Conlon   Pipes
Callum Craib WESTERN ISLES Pipes
Iain Crawford SOUTH LANARKSHIRE Pipes
James Curran GLASGOW Pipes
Craig Davidson RENFREWSHIRE Pipes
Blair Dickinson NORTH AYRSHIRE Pipes
Liam Donaldson ANGUS Pipes
Callum Douglas ANGUS Pipes
Archie Drennan HIGHLANDS Pipes
Jamie Falconer ANGUS Pipes
Findlay Frame NORTH AYRSHIRE Pipes
Josh Fraser RENFREWSHIRE Pipes
Holly Fredlander EDINBURGH Pipes
Danny Hutcheson ABERDEENSHIRE Pipes
Connor Jardine NORTH LANARKSHIRE Pipes
Seoras Lewis   Pipes
James MacCallum ANGUS Pipes
Robbie MacIsaac FALKIRK Pipes
Harris Maclennan MIDLOTHIAN Pipes
Angus MacPhee HIGHLANDS Pipes
Douglas Mair PERTH & KINROSS Pipes
Scott Marshall NEW ZEALAND Pipes
Sean McHugh ABERDEENSHIRE Pipes
Robyn McKay RENFREWSHIRE Pipes
Fraser McKinnon GLASGOW Pipes
Harry McLachlan PERTH & KINROSS Pipes
James McPetrie ABERDEEN CITY Pipes
Ben Muir EAST LOTHIAN Pipes
Timothy Ness ANGUS Pipes
Seamus O'Baoighill HIGHLANDS Pipes
Ciaren Ross FALKIRK Pipes
Lewis Russell WEST LOTHIAN Pipes
Christina Shaw GLASGOW Pipes
Connor Sinclair PERTH & KINROSS Pipes
Rebecca Tierney   Pipes
Thomas Barnes ENGLAND Snare Drum
Craig Baxter CLACKMANNANSHIRE Snare Drum
Isaac Bell DUMFIRES & GALLOWAY Snare Drum
Callum Edwards NORTH AYRSHIRE Snare Drum
Joe Flemming   Snare Drum
Gregor Kincaid RENFREWSHIRE Snare Drum
Blair Logan EAST LOTHIAN Snare Drum
David Mark WEST LOTHIAN Snare Drum
Rachel Thom WEST LOTHIAN Snare Drum
Jenni Clark ANGUS Bass Drum
Lucy Carroll WEST LOTHIAN Tenor Drum
Sarah Grant ABERDEENSHIRE Tenor Drum
Holly Harrison WEST LOTHIAN Tenor Drum
Lexy Letham GLASGOW Tenor Drum
Sophie Martin   Tenor Drum
Rhiannan McAleese SOUTH LANARKSHIRE Tenor Drum
Beth McNeil GLASGOW Tenor Drum
Jenny Orr NORTHERN IRELAND Tenor Drum
Lauren Thomson WESTERN ISLES Tenor Drum
Eilidh Wynd STIRLING Tenor Drum

Development Band 2016

Forename Surname Councils Instrument
Iain Crawford SOUTH LANARKSHIRE Pipe Major
Andrew Clark ANGUS Pipe Sergeant
Josh Fraser RENFREWSHIRE Pipe Sergeant
Robyn McKay RENFREWSHIRE Pipe Sergeant
Harry McLachlan PERTH & KINROSS Pipe Sergeant
Craig Baxter CLACKMANNANSHIRE Drum Sergeant
Euan Baillie KINGDOM OF FIFE Pipes
Callum Bertram DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY Pipes
Connor Black GLASGOW Pipes
Liam Brown STIRLING Pipes
Jamie Calder PIPES Pipes
Callum Clark PIPES Pipes
Euan Crawford-McKee STIRLING Pipes
Kyle Currie DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY Pipes
Jack Guthrie GLASGOW Pipes
Ian Hamilton RENFREWSHIRE Pipes
Bethany Hanley DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY Pipes
Christopher Happs MIDLOTHIAN Pipes
Tomoki Hayashi STIRLING Pipes
Luke Kennedy SOUTH LANARKSHIRE Pipes
Katie MacDonald WESTERN ISLES Pipes
Kenneth MacFarlane GLASGOW Pipes
Heather Marie MacKinnon WESTERN ISLES Pipes
Cameron MacLeod GLASGOW Pipes
Finlay MacVicar WESTERN ISLES Pipes
Cailean Martindale WESTERN ISLES Pipes
John McLaren HIGHLANDS Pipes
Owen Muir DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY Pipes
Lani O'Neill DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY Pipes
Amy Ritchie DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY Pipes
Benjamin Scott WEST LOTHIAN Pipes
Saul Sweeny   Pipes
Roddy Thomson WESTERN ISLES Pipes
Lucy Thomson EAST LOTHIAN Pipes
Brodie Watson-Massey EDINBURGH Pipes
Ryan Wotherspoon WEST LOTHIAN Pipes
Henry Aldwinchle   Snare Drum
Declan Baggot WEST LOTHIAN Snare Drum
Ryan Brown STIRLING Snare Drum
Robbie Espie INVERCLYDE Snare Drum
Ryan Green HIGHLANDS Snare Drum
Aaron Hall EAST LOTHIAN Snare Drum
Lachlan Kyle NORTH LANARKSHIRE Snare Drum
Fergus Kyle NORTH LANARKSHIRE Snare Drum
Caitlyn Malloy FALKIRK Snare Drum
Cameron McCall   Snare Drum
Lee McIver WEST LOTHIAN Snare Drum
Harry Mercer KINGDOM OF FIFE Snare Drum
Callum Nelson NORTH LANARKSHIRE Snare Drum
Becky Pollard EAST LOTHIAN Snare Drum
Cameron Runciman WEST LOTHIAN Snare Drum
Owen Turnbull WEST LOTHIAN Snare Drum
Ailig Struthers STIRLING Snare Drum
Fergus Bryce HIGHLANDS Bass Drum
Scott Paterson STIRLING Bass Drum
Shannon Davies DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY Tenor Drum
Megan MacLeod WESTERN ISLES Tenor Drum
Hugo Richards   Tenor Drum

The National Piping Centre exists to promote the study of the music and history of the Highland Bagpipe.
Patron HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, KG, KT, GCB.
Founders: Sir Brian Ivory, CBE, FRSE - Lady Ivory, DL - Sandy Grant Gordon, CBE

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HRH The Prince Charles,
Duke of Rothesay, Patron

with Founders, Sir Brian and Lady Ivory and the Lord Provost Bob Winter on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Opening of The National Piping Centre.

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