• NYPB Development Band Launch 080

    Love Bagpipes?

    Find the all the latest news from the piping world, the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland, and more as well as how to subscribe to Piping Today.

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 CVO CBE FRSE MA CA - Lady Ivory DL MA ARCM FRSA - Sandy Grant Gordon CBE MA.    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.

Read more

 

 

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.

Read more


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.

Read more

 

 

Supporting Musicians

Fraser Stone - Kit/Percussion

Fraser Stone - Kit/Percussion

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

Read more


Euan Malloch - Electric/Acoustic Guitar

Euan Malloch - Electric/Acoustic Guitar

Short bio here. Two sentences and then the read more link. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.

Read more


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.

Read more


Alistair Paterson - Keyboard

Alistair Paterson - Keyboard

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

Read more


Scott Wood - Low Whistle

Scott Wood - Low Whistle

Scott is a multi-instrumentalist from Erskine, Renfrewshire.

Read more


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.

Read more


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.

Read more

 

 

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
  • Daniel McDermott/Iain Crawford

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
  • Craig Baxter

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

lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. 

lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. 

lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. 

lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. 

lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. 

 
 

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
  • Craig Baxter

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 2018 - 2019

Forename Surname Status Instrument
RobertAllanSenior BandPipes
BobbyAllenSenior BandPipes
CalumBrownSenior BandPipes
JohnCampbellPipe SergeantPipes
AndrewClarkPipe MajorPipes
CallumClarkSenior BandPipes
CallumCraibSenior BandPipes
IainCrawfordPipe MajorPipes
BlairDickinsonSenior BandPipes
ArchieDrennanSenior BandPipes
HamishDrennanSenior BandPipes
IanHamiltonSenior BandPipes
ChristopherHappsSenior BandPipes
TomokiHayashiSenior BandPipes
DannyHutchesonSenior BandPipes
ConnorJardineSenior BandPipes
LukeKennedySenior BandPipes
JamesMacCallumSenior BandPipes
KennethMacFarlaneSenior BandPipes
AlastairMacLeanSenior BandPipes
HarrisMaclennanPipe SergeantPipes
CameronMacLeodSenior BandPipes
AngusMacPheeSenior BandPipes
DouglasMairSenior BandPipes
SeanMcHughSenior BandPipes
RobynMcKaySenior BandPipes
HarryMcLachlanSenior BandPipes
JohnMcLarenSenior BandPipes
TimothyNessSenior BandPipes
SeamusO'BaoighillSenior BandPipes
AmyRitchieSenior BandPipes
CiarenRossSenior BandPipes
LewisRussellSenior BandPipes
ChristinaShawSenior BandPipes
LukeShearerSenior BandPipes
RossWalkerSenior BandPipes
BrodieWatson-MasseySenior BandPipes
AndrewYuSenior BandPipes
CraigBaxterDrum SergeantSnare Drum
FergusBryceSenior BandBass Drum
ScottCoyleSenior BandSnare Drum
ShannonDaviesSenior BandTenor Drum
CallumEdwardsSenior BandSnare Drum
RyanGreenSenior BandSnare Drum
HollyHarrisonSenior BandTenor Drum
DanielKnowlesSenior BandSnare Drum
LachlanKyleSenior BandSnare Drum
FergusKyleSenior BandSnare Drum
MeganMacLeodSenior BandTenor Drum
SophieMartinSenior BandTenor Drum
BethMcNeilDrum CorporalTenor Drum
JoannaMerreliesSenior BandTenor Drum
CameronSinclairSenior BandTenor Drum
RachelThomSenior BandSnare Drum
OwenTurnbullSenior BandSnare Drum
EilidhWyndSenior BandTenor Drum

Development Band 2018 - 2019

Forename Surname Councils Instrument
HarryAdairDevelopment BandPipes
EuanBaillieDevelopment BandPipes
ConnorBlackDevelopment BandPipes
RuariBlackDevelopment BandPipes
LiamBrownDevelopment BandPipes
RuariBuchanDevelopment BandPipes
KyleCameronDevelopment BandPipes
ArranCameronDevelopment BandPipes
CorriCampbellDevelopment BandPipes
OwenChalmersDevelopment BandPipes
MaxCrawfordDevelopment BandPipes
EuanDonaldDevelopment BandPipes
JoshEssonDevelopment BandPipes
HarrisonGibbDevelopment BandPipes
JackGuthrieDevelopment BandPipes
TomokiHayashiDevelopment BandPipes
DannyHutchesonPipe SergeantPipes
MarkJohnstoneDevelopment BandPipes
AmyKennedyDevelopment BandPipes
OliverKinghornDevelopment BandPipes
NicholasKnowlesDevelopment BandPipes
AndrewLairdDevelopment BandPipes
JackLiddellDevelopment BandPipes
ArchieMacFarlaneDevelopment BandPipes
AndrewMcCrindleDevelopment BandPipes
RobbieMcCutcheonDevelopment BandPipes
CameronMcEwenDevelopment BandPipes
RobynMcKayPipe MajorPipes
HarryMcLachlanPipe SergeantPipes
MurrayMcNeishDevelopment BandPipes
MatthewMoirDevelopment BandPipes
MurrayO'MayDevelopment BandPipes
CameronO'NeillDevelopment BandPipes
CraigPetersDevelopment BandPipes
EmmaRaffertyDevelopment BandPipes
RoryRobsonDevelopment BandPipes
CiarenRossPipe SergeantPipes
ArchieSandgroundDevelopment BandPipes
CameronStarkDevelopment BandPipes
LachlanStephenDevelopment BandPipes
EuanThomsonDevelopment BandPipes
HazelWhyteDevelopment BandPipes
TomasYoungDevelopment BandPipes
CatrionaDuncanDevelopment BandTenor Drum
CallumEdwardsDrum SergeantSnare Drum
BronaghGibbDevelopment BandSnare Drum
MiaGoodgeDevelopment BandTenor Drum
MatthewHunterDevelopment BandTenor Drum
LewisMacRaeDevelopment BandSnare Drum
FionaMcCallDevelopment BandTenor Drum
HannahMcIntyreDevelopment BandTenor Drum
LynseyMerrileesDevelopment BandTenor Drum
JaneMitchellDevelopment BandTenor Drum
CallumNelsonDevelopment BandSnare Drum
CraigOvensDevelopment BandSnare Drum
GarryPatersonDevelopment BandSnare Drum
AlexandriaPatersonDevelopment BandTenor Drum
AimeeReidDevelopment BandTenor Drum
CameronRuncimanDevelopment BandSnare Drum
BrodieThomsonDevelopment BandSnare Drum
ClaraWilberforceDevelopment BandSnare Drum
EilidhWyndDrum CorporalTenor Drum
 
 

Finlay MacDonald

Finlay MacDonald has blazed a trail as one of the country’s finest exponents of contemporary and traditional Piping. He has worked with many leading artists in the traditional music scene including Fred Morrison, The Unusual Suspects, La Banda Europa, Old Blind Dogs and Chris Stout. He combines the mastery and dedication of traditional Piping with a true sense of musical adventure and creative collaboration producing a unique musical voice which can be heard on numerous recordings and projects. His Compositions and arrangements have been played by many leading artists including The World Champions, Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band.

Always driven by collaboration and innovation, Finlay’s passion for the music he has grown up with has led him to the post of “Head of Piping Studies” at the National Piping Centre and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he continues to inspire and develop the very best of new Piping talent.

“Finlay MacDonald has emerged as one of the leading lights in the current crop of young pipers with deep roots in the pipe band tradition, but grafted on to a distinctly contemporary musical sensibility to produce a compelling hybrid.”

Kenny Matheison, The Scotsman 12/5/07
 

 
 

David Wilton

David Wilton started learning at the age of 6 under the instruction of P/M Willie Whyte in Montrose R.B.L. Pipe Band. He soon begun solo piping lessons with Walter Drysdale, competing successfully in the junior solos circuit until progressing into the senior level at 17. David has enjoyed solo success over the years; most recently winning the first Capt MacLellan Memorial Piobaireachd medal in the P/A grade; P/A Highland and Island Piobaireachd competition in Oban and the A Grade Rams Horn Snuff Mull Piobaireachd competition in London.

Previously he has placed 3 times in the silver medal at Oban and Inverness before moving up to the Gold medal. David has won the former winners March, Strathspey and Reel Competition at the Scottish Pipers Association competition and has won a prize on every occasion that he has been invited to the Uist and Barra competition as well as continuing to be a force on the Scottish Highland Games Circuit, winning many aggregate titles over the years.

David has a long running pipe band career playing with City of Brechin Pipe Band, Drambuie Kirkliston Pipe Band, The Clan Gregor Society Pipe Band and ScottishPower Pipe Band and Halifax Citadel Pipe Band. During his time he has been part of 2 World Championship winning bands and has 2 Champion of Champions titles amongst other titles. Currently, this is David's first year as Pipe Major of Grade 2 Lomond and Clyde Pipe Band. 

As well as being one of Scotland’s leading pipers, David has, in parallel with his piping career, enjoyed a successful Highland Dancing Career. He has 192 major championship titles including 7 World Championships, 10 Commonwealth, 13 British Championships and has won championships in Scotland, England, Ireland, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand. David retired from dancing as the reigning World Champion and had only been beaten 3 times in his senior career, finishing 2nd each time. He is one of the most sought after dance pipers and lecturers in the field, regularly travelling the world imparting his knowledge of music and dance.

In 2011, David graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with 1st Class honours in Scottish Music – his principal study being the bagpipes with other studies in guitar, whistles and border pipes. During his time at the RSAMD he excelled in course modules such as techniques of teaching, which looked at teaching methods for all ages including children and adults with learning difficulties. As well as a full time instructor of the National Piping Centre, David assists in the co-ordination of CLASP competitions with Margaret Dunn and is on the Board for Piping and Drumming Qualifications.

 
 

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 June Corcoran, 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 11 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.

In 2018 Alisdair was appointed Pipe Sergeant of the Glasgow Police Pipe Band where he is currently developing his skills as a leader of one of the UK’s premier pipe bands.

Outside of the competition arena Alisdair is also the Pipe Major of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo’s house pipe band, The Pipers Trail and has lead the band throughout the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in both 2017 and 2018. In 2017 he was very honoured to have been selected to perform as the lone piper for one of the shows. As a part of the Pipers Trail Alisdair has led the band at the Musikfest Der Bundaswehr, Dusseldorf, Germany 2017 & 2018 and also at the Norsk Militaer Tattoo, Oslo, Norway 2018.

Aside from  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 Edinburgh 70.3, Ironman Wales, Ironman Western Australia and twice raced Challenge Roth in Germany. Recently,  Alisdair completed Ironman Austria which took place in the beautiful town of Klagenfurt.
 

 
 

Margaret Dunn

Margaret began learning the pipes at age 8 and was initially taught by her father Con Houlihan and Stephen Power (ex Scots Guards).

She moved to Scotland in 1998 to attend the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama where she studied for 4 years and graduated with an Honours Degree in Scottish Traditional Music. While Margaret was at the Academy she joined the Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band, under P/M Robert Mathieson, and with them won the World Pipe Band Championships in Grade 1 in 2000.

Margaret returned as Pipe Major of her local home band, Cullen, in 2006 and in 2007 the band won the World Pipe Band Championships in Grade 3B. The band progressed to grade 2, where they won the All Ireland Pipe Band Championships in 2013.

Margaret is a qualified examiner for the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board exams (SQA approved) after passing the Institute of Piping Graduate Certificate with distinction in 2004.

Margaret has competed regularly around the Scottish Highland Games circuit and at the Argyllshire Gathering, London and the Northern Meetings. She has also competed in many knockout competitions through-out Scotland. Here are some of her prizes to date include:

  • 1st MacGregor Memorial Piobaireachd (22 and under) Argyllshire Gathering 1999
  • 1st B Grade March, Argyllshire Gathering 1999
  • 1st Strachan Memorial A Grade March Strathspey & Reel, London 2000
  • 1st Duncan Johnstone Memorial Piobaireachd 2001
  • 1st A Grade Strathspey and Reel, Argyllshire Gathering 2003
  • Winner of the Silver Medal at the Northern Meetings 2007
  • 1st A Grade March at the Argyllshire Gathering 2007
  • 5th Former Winners MSR London 2007
  • 5th Former Winners 2/4 March London 2007
  • Islay Inn Knockout Winner 2011
  • Piping for Pints Knockout, Aberdeen 2013
  • Scots Guards Club Knockout Winner 2014
 
 

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 of that 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.

Stuart Samson is not available for lessons and teaches only on the BMus Piping Degree. 
 

 
 

Clare Lynas

Clare Lynas started piping at the age of seven in her local pipe band, Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia with PM Bob Martin. Throughout her piping career she has received tuition from Ian Speirs, Ian MacFadyen, Tom Speirs and most recently Roddy MacLeod MBE.

An experienced Grade 1 piper, Clare has played with ScottishPower, 78th Highlanders Halifax Citadel and is a current member of Lomond and Clyde pipe band.

Clare enjoyed a successful solo piping career in the junior circuit gaining entry in to the Silver Medal aged 18. She was a student of The National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music based in Plockton, after which she went on to complete an undergraduate degree in Classical Music at Edinburgh Napier University graduating with First Class Honours. Before starting at the National Piping Centre, she gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Scottish Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Her performance background includes piping at the opening of the Scottish Parliament, finale soloist at the Norwegian Military Tattoo and playing an own composition, commissioned by Alexander McCall Smith, at St. Cecilia’s Hall, Edinburgh University. Clare’s vast experience ranges from solo piping, pipe bands and folk ensembles playing whistles, clarinet and piano.

 
 

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. In 2016 the Spirit of Scotland reformed with Roddy at the helm once more, with lead drummer Jim Kilpatrick. They competed at all 5 major championships, winning prizes at British, UK and European Championships, and qualifed for the final of the World Pipe Band Championships, finishing 8th overall. 

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.

Achievements Include:

  • Awarded MBE for Services to Piping 2003;
  • Winner of the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for Music 2004;
  • Winner, Kishmul Banner composition competition;
  • Inducted into the Traditional Music Awards Hall of Fame 2012

Solo competition prizes include:

  • Glenfiddich Piping Championship, overall winner (5 times), MSR winner (twice), Piobaireachd winner (10 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 (7 times);
  • Silver Chanter (7 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 (3 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 (twice);
  • 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);

Recordings include:

  • 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
 
 

Finlay Johnston

Finlay began learning the pipes at the age of 8 with his Grandfather (Alastair Sinclair) during a summer spent with him at his home on the Isle of Tiree. He began receiving lessons from Ronnie McShannon shortly afterwards and continued to do so since.

Finlay has been surrounded by piping his whole life – His mother (Anne Johnston) was a very successful solo piper, being the first woman ever to win the Silver Medal. His father (Tommy Johnston) was also a successful pipe band drummer and played under Leading Drummer Alex Duthart.

Finlay has played in several pipe bands over his career, most recently with Inveraray & District under Pipe Major Stuart Liddell. He spent 4 years with Inveraray, during their rise from Grade 2 to the top end of Grade 1. Prior to this he played in The Spirit of Scotland Pipe band under Pipe Major Roddy MacLeod and also the 52nd Lowland Regiment under Pipe Major Gordon Walker.

Prior to joining The National Piping Centre, he worked as a reed maker and is a time-served Mechanical Engineer.

Some of Finlay’s main results include:

  • 1st – 2016 March, Strathspey and Reel – Uist and Barra Association Competition 
  • 1st – 2015 Highland Society of London Gold Medal – Northern Meeting
  • 1st – 2015 A Grade MSR – Northern Meeting
  • 4th – 2015 Open Piobaireachd – Argyllshire Gathering
  • 4th – 2015 Masters Piobaireachd
  • 3rd – 2015 Masters MSR
  • 3rd – 2015 Donald MacLeod Memorial Piobaireachd
  • 2nd – 2014 Masters Piobaireachd
  • 1st – 2012 Highland Society of London Gold Medal – Argyllshire Gathering
  • 1st – 2011 A Grade S&R – Argyllshire Gathering
  • 1st – 2006 Silver Medal – Northern Meeting
 
 

John Mulhearn

John's piping career began in earnest at the age of nine, under the watchful eye of his father, Brian, and former double Gold Medallist and Pipe Sergeant of the the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band, Angus J. MacLellan. Alongside close attention to the technical intricacies of the chanter and pipes, a deep appreciation for the music and traditions was instilled at an early age. This rigorous grounding has gone on to influence what has become a wide and varied career as a professional piping teacher and performer. 

As a teacher, John's first experiences were gained at Glasgow's College of Piping as an evening class and summer school instructor. This formative experience gave an early insight into the wide variety of ages, backgrounds and learning needs of piping students. Since 2008 John has been a full time member of the National Piping Centre's teaching faculty. The diversity of students attending individual lessons, courses, summer schools, workshops, seminars and online courses at the National Piping Centre, at home and abroad, has enabled John to develop a thoughtful, intuitive and responsive approach to teaching. Equally comfortable teaching the complete basics of holding the practice chanter, through to expressing the nuances of piping's classic repertoire, or mentoring pipers in search of a new approach to their playing, John's teaching style and experience caters for the individual needs of each student. In addition, as a holder of the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board SCQF Level 8 certificate John is an approved examiner for all PDQB examinations.

As a performer and composer/arranger John's background is varied, showing an equally deep appreciation for the competitive traditions of solo piping and pipe bands as for more contemporary forms of expression. In terms of solo competition John has been a successful competitor on the annual highland games circuit from a young age, winning many awards over the years and in 2012 was runner-up in Highland Society of London's Gold Medal at the Argyllshire Gathering, one of solo piping's most prestigious competitions. Having been involved in a number of pipe bands since the age of twelve John is currently a member of the 'all-star' Grade 1 band Spirit of Scotland. It is in electronic music production that John has been able to stretch his creativity and find new avenues for exploring traditional music, with a number of critically acclaimed releases. John is also a founding member of The Big Music Society, a multifaceted project with the express aim of helping to foster new and creative approaches the piping's 'classical' tradition, Ceol Mor. 

 
 

Wilson Brown

Wilson is originally from Crieff, Perthshire, where he started piping at the age of 8, taught by the late P/M John MacKenzie Dunblane. He received tuition from him for the next 28 years.

Wilson played for the local Strathearn Pipe Band in Grade 4, before joining the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band where he enjoyed success in Grade 2 and 3. Having joined Strathclyde Police in 1982, Wilson was a member of the police pipe band winning the Grade 1 World Championship on 5 occasions. He later became a member of the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band.

Wilson was a police officer for 30 years before retiring from the force in 2012. He was a Chief Inspector and was the Area Commander responsible for delivering policing in East Ayrshire. One of the highlights of his career was as a member of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Bid Team where he was responsible for the security planning.

Wilson has a BA in Police Studies and a Post Graduate Diploma in International Event Management from Glasgow Caledonian University

In his solo career, Wilson won the Silver Medal, A Grade Strathspeys and Reels and the Gold Medal at the Northern Meetings. He retired from competitive piping in 1996 to focus on his police career. In 2016 he returned to the competition circuit where he competed in the Clasp at the Northern Meeting for the first time.

On retiring from the police, he worked as a part time instructor at the NPC teaching a range of students from Oman who were working towards SCQF qualifications. He became a full time Piping Instructor in September 2016. He holds a SCQF Level 8 and is an approved assessor. He is a member of the Piping and Drumming Qualification Board and is responsible for the annual training of the NPC assessors.

 
 

Dan Nevans

A native of Airdrie north Lanarkshire was taugh his piping from his father John before recieving lessons from Bob McFie, Jim Semple, Logan Tannoch, James Wark, Donald MacPhee and William J Morrison. 

Dan was one of the first members of the national youth pipe band of scotland and holds a degree in applied music from the university of strathclyde. 

In 2006 Dan joined then Robert Wiseman diaries Vale of Atholl pipe band and began his grade one career. Since 2010 Dan has been a member of Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band. Winning the world pipe band championships in 2015. 

 
 

Ross Ainslie

Ross Ainslie is one of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians and composers, playing pipes, whistles and cittern. He is renowned for his highly acclaimed solo material, and as a skilled performer and prolific collaborator who performs regularly with bands Treacherous Orchestra – of which he is a founding member – Salsa Celtica, Dougie Maclean, Charlie Mckerron, India Alba, and with Jarlath Henderson.

Born in Perthshire in 1983, Ross began his career as a member of the Perth and District Pipe Band, before joining the Grade 1 Vale of Atholl Pipe Band, where he was mentored by piper Gordon Duncan. Hugely influenced by Gordon’s fearlessly innovative spirit and groundbreaking compositions, Ross began exploring his own abilities as a composer and writing his own tunes, and in 2002 he was a finalist in the prestigious BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition.

Ross is a founding member of the 13-piece musical powerhouse Treacherous Orchestra. In April 2015, they received a prestigious nomination for the Scottish Album of the Year Award longlist for their second album Grind. He’s also a member of world/trad fusion group Salsa Celtica and Indian-Scottish quartet India Alba. Ross also writes and performs with Irish Uilleann piper Jarlath Henderson. The pair have released two critically acclaimed albums which showcase their groundbreaking fusion of Border and Uilleann pipes – Partners in Crime (2008) and Air-Fix (2013).

In 2013, Ross released his first solo record, Wide Open, which offers a snap-shot into his rich musical influences. It was nominated for Album of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2013 and made the top 10 of the Sunday Herald’s Top 50 Scottish Albums of 2013 list (no.9).

In 2015 Ross was commissioned by Celtic Connections to compose a new work for its prestigious New Voices strand. The piece – Remembering – saw Ross turn his hand to songwriting, in addition to writing new tunes, drawing on past experiences and relationships which have influenced him both musically and personally.

A highly in-demand musician, he has joined an array of acclaimed bands and musicians on tour and in the recording studio – including recording as one third of trad collective Tunebook, plus tours with Gordon Duncan, Flook and Ivan Drever’s band Clueless, and a special guest spot on Shooglenifty’s The Untied Knot.

In a career with many highlights so far, Ross continually pushes new musical boundaries. Prestigious industry recognition has come in the form of a multitude of award nominations, nomination for Musician of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013 and 2016, nomination for Best Duo with Jarlath Henderson in 2014.

He’s also received nods at the Scots Trad Music Awards with various nominations, nominated for Instrumentalist of the year in 2010 nominated for Live Act of the year with Jarlath Henderson in 2008 and with Treacherous Orchestra in 2009 and 2010, nominated for Album of the year in 2013, Treacherous Orchestra won Album of the year and Ross also was Composer of the year in 2015.

Exciting projects on the horizon include the recording of his New Voice piece Remembering for an album of the same name which is due to be released late summer 2015, and aspirations to follow its release with a series of live dates with the New Voices band.

May 2015

 
 

Willie McCallum

Willie is a native of Campbeltown, where he learned piping primarily from his uncles Ronald and Hugh and P/M Ronald McCallum, Piper to the Duke of Argyll.  His roots go right back to the early days of piping competition and his 4 times great grandfather, John MacAlister, won the Prize Pipe in 1782.

This season has seen Willie involved in the normal circuit of competition where he won some of the major events at the Metro Cup NY, Donald MacLeod Memorial, Springbank Invitational as well as major prizes at Inverness and Oban. His most recent success was winning the MSR contest at the Glenfiddich for the 8th time.

Some other notable career wins are the Gold Medals at Inverness and Oban, Senior Piobaireachd Oban (3), Bratach Gorm (4), Silver Chanter (3), Former Winners MSR Oban (5), Former Winners MSR Inverness (4), P/M Donald MacLeod Memorial (9), Springbank Invitational (9), Dan Reid Memorial (7), Donald MacDonald Quaich (3), Former Winners MSR London (5).

He runs his own piping business, Willie McCallum Piping, which involves teaching, as well as selling bagpipes, being consultant to bagpipe maker McCallum Bagpipes Ltd, in Kilmarnock and similarly involved at Bannatyne Ltd, Pipe Bag maker, working on developing bags and moisture control devices.

His teaching career started in the early 1990s and since then he has been involved in teaching several champion pipers who have won Silver Medals, Gold Medals, Former Winners MSR, Clasps and the Silver Chanter.

Willie lives in Bearsden with his wife Christine and has two children, Hailey and Scott.

 
 

Andrew began learning the pipes at the age of 9 under the instruction of Pipe Major Archie Campbell at Strathendrick Pipe Band. He also received tuition from Jim Semple and Jim Wark.

Andrew has played in several pipe bands over his career, Black Bottle – PM Don Bradford, Boghall & Bathgate – PM Craig Walker, Clan Gregor – PM David Methven (Grade 2 World Champions), the 52nd Lowland Regiment – PM Gordon Walker and most recently with Lomond & Clyde - PM David Wilton.

In 2008 Andrew was Pipe Major of Dunbarton and District Novice Juvenile Pipe Band winning the Cowal Championships and coming second in the World Championships, winning the piping.

Andrew is also a music instructor for Stirling Council.

 
 

Iain is originally from Carlisle, Cumbria and started piping at 12yrs old receiving tuition from his local pipe band.

He joined the Scots Guards in 1984 completing his training at the Guards Depot in Pirbright. During this time he was taught by PMaj’s Dixie Ingram and Jimmy Banks at the Guards Depot Piping School where he completed his first Edinburgh Tattoo in 1985. Iain joined the 1st Battalion Scots Guards soon after and served with the Regiment for 26yrs, being posted in Pirbright, Germany (x2), Windsor, Edinburgh (x3), Wellington Bks in London, several tours of Northern Ireland and the Gulf War. He Served under PMaj’s Rodgers, MacInnes, Webster, MacKinnon, Donaldson and Selwood. During this time Iain played for most members of the Royal Family, as well as Presidents and Heads of State of several countries. He passed his Army Pipe Majors Course at Edinburgh Castle under the direction of Maj Gavin Stoddart MBE, BEM and WO1 Bruce Hitchins BEM in 1997, and was appointed Pipe Major of the Regiment in 2006 after a year as Pipe Sgt at the ASBM & HD.

Iain had may highlights during his Army career playing in and leading the band during tours and Tattoos all around the world, competitions, concerts and many a Beating Retreat and Trooping the Colour.

After leaving the Army in 2010, Iain worked for five years with CVQO an education charity delivering and assessing BTEC Music Diplomas. During this time he also became a volunteer with the Army Cadet Force and took a role as a PMaj Advisor for the Tri Service Cadet Force Pipes and Drums. In 2014 he took over the position as Chief Instructor/Training Officer, and was promoted to Captain in December of that year. This is a role that he continues in today.

Iain is a qualified PDQB Assessor up to Level 8, and holds the PDQB Tutor and Teaching Certificates. He currently sits on the PDQB board, and is the PMaj of the Scots Guards Association Pipes & Drums (Scotland).

 
 

Willie Morrison was born and brought up in Locheynart, South Uist, and learned his piping from his grandfather, Donald John Morrison.

At the age of 22, Willie left South Uist where he was a crofter/fisherman to move to Ayrshire where he found work in the Johnny Walker Whisky Distillery and became a member of their famous pipe band. At this time Willie traveled extensively as a representative piper for the company.

As well as being a prolific composer, Willie has excelled in the competition area, winning many prizes including: Former Winners March, Strathspey and Reel at the Argyllshire gathering, March Strathspey & Reel at the Glenfiddich Champioships, Strathspey & Reels, Jigs and Silver Medal at the Northern Meetings and The Piping Times Knockout Competition

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 CVO CBE FRSE MA CA - Lady Oona Ivory DL MA ARCM FRSA - Sandy Grant Gordon CBE MA

Read More

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.

Designed and built by Mucky Puddle