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Dugald B. MacNeill with Lord Provost Sadie Docherty.

Dugald B. MacNeill with Lord Provost Sadie Docherty.

The city of Glasgow has officially recognised Dugald MacNeill's contribution to piping in the city. On Friday Dugald, now in his 80s, was invited to the City Chambers for an informal reception with Lord Provost Sadie Docherty. The Lord Provost said: “The City of Glasgow is richer for having you in it. As are all the countless pupils whom you helped find their musicality. On the occasion of your retirement, it’s my pleasure as Lord Provost, to send the city’s warmest regards."

Dugald B. MacNeill was one of the very first pupils when the College of Piping opened its doors in the 1940s. He would go on to become an instructor, Principal, editor of the Piping Times and ultimately Director of the internationally respected Glasgow piping institution based in Kelvinbridge in the city's west end.

He grew up in Ardrishaig, mid-Argyll. When his family moved to Glasgow he attended the fledgeling College of Piping.

The College will be hosting a social evening soon to honour Dugald.

Wee Govan Pipers recital tonight

[caption id="attachment_16832" align="alignleft" width="300"] Pipe Major Iain Watson, left, with some of the youngsters from the Govan Schools Pipe Band.[/caption] Govan Schools Pipes and Drums Association is putting a free recital on at the College of Piping tonight, 7.00pm for 7.30pm. The concert features the Govan Schools Pipe Band, Callum Beaumont, Johnstone Pipe Band (debuting…
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rspbaThe draw for the first major pipe band competition of the season, the British at Paisley, has been announced by the RSPBA. Here's grades 1 and 2:

Grade 1
14:15 Pipes and Drums of the Police Service of Northern Ireland
14:25 Dowco Triumph Street - Canada
14:35 Field Marshal Montgomery
14:45 Simon Fraser University - Canada
14:55 Johnstone
15:05 Glasgow Police
15:15 St Laurence O'Toole - Eire
15:25 Peoples Ford - Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia
15:35 Bleary and District
15:45 Police Scotland Fife
15:55 Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia
16:05 Ravara
16:15 Vale of Atholl
16:25 ScottishPower
16:35 Buchan Peterson
16:45 Inveraray and District
Adjudicators: Colin Moffett, John Connor, Alexander Russell and Cameron Edgar.

Grade 2
14:00 Manorcunningham
14:09 Grampian Police Scotland
14:18 City of London
14:27 MacKenzie Caledonian
14:36 The Glasgow Skye Association
14:45 Glasgow City
14:54 Scottish Fire and Rescue Services Pipe Band
15:03 Balagan
15:12 Oban
15:21 City of Discovery
15:30 Dumbarton and District
15:39 Isle of Islay
15:48 Lomond and Clyde
15:57 Closkelt
16:06 Colmcille
16:15 Bucksburn and District
Adjudicators: Jim Wark, Harry Stevenson, Stuart Coils and Paul Turner.
The full draw is HERE.

Good luck to both Buchan Peterson and Johnstone as they both make their debut in Grade 1. And to the new band, the City of London in Grade 2.

Incidentally, was at the College of Piping last night and couldn't help eavesdropping on the practice of Field Marshall's Scottish-based members. Very good. Very good indeed.

argylls-logoCapt (Ret'd) Colin H C Graham, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, has been in touch with a plea to any next of kin or family members of the under-noted former Argylls who composed pipe tunes that will be included in the forthcoming tune collection:

If anyone has information relevant to any of the above-named ex-members of the regiment please contact Colin as soon as possible on 01786 850213  or email him at:

bellowsAnd so to Edinburgh tomorrow for the annual competition run by the Lowland & Border Pipers' Society. This is always an enjoyable event and this year it will be held in the Royal Scottish Pipers' Society rooms in Rose Street. It's a small venue but I'm sure there will be plenty of elbow room …

Aberfeldy Mòd Entries 2017

feldy-mod-logoLate entries are being accepted for the piping competitions at the Perthshire & Angus Provincial Mòd. The competition takes place on June 10 at the Breadalbane Community Campus in Aberfeldy, Perthshire.

The competition has categories for juniors and adults.

Download the entry form: Aberfeldy Mod Piping.

Sarah Muir triumphs at SPA Professional

Sarah Muir from Campbeltown, Argyll, is the overall winner at today's Scottish Pipers' Association's Annual Professional Piping Competition held today at the College of Piping. Full results: Piobaireachd – 1. Gordon McCready (Lady Margaret MacDonald’s Salute); 2. Darach Urquhart; 3. Sarah Muir; 4. Edward Gaul; 5. Sandy Cameron. March – 1. Sarah Muir; 2. Gordon McCready; 3.…
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 SPA Professional Live Stream

Piobaireachd Society Bursary – Closing Date Extended To 31st May

The closing date for this week of world class tuition courtesy of the Piobaireachd Society has been extended to 31st May. The bursary aims to encourage young pipers who do not have easy access to a piobaireachd teacher to learn piobaireachd. Previous successful candidates were very positive about their experience of a week of expert…
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SPA Adult Amateur and Veterans Contest

Scottish Pipers’ Association, Adult Amateur and Veterans Contest, College of Piping, 1st April  Veterans – 1. Andrew Frater; 2. Brian Mulhearn, 3. Graham Alexander. [caption id="attachment_16910" align="alignleft" width="800"] L-R: Veterans – Graham Alexander, Neil Mulvie, Brian Mulhearn and Andrew Frater.[/caption] Best Slow March – Brian Mulhearn. Piobaireachd – 1. Stewart Gaudin; 2. Gregor McCulloch; 3. Janette…
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Pipe Major Donald MacLeod Competition 2017 Results

donald macleodPiobaireachd
1. Niall Stewart
2. Roddy MacLeod
3. Finlay Johnston
4. Willie McCallum

1. Ian K Macdonald
2. Angus MacColl
3. William McCallum
4. Niall Stewart

Hornpipe & Jig
1. Angus MacColl
2. Alasdair Henderson
3. Finlay Johnston
4. Roddy MacLeod

1st Overall - Niall Stewart
2nd Overall - Ian K Macdonald