Piping Live! Week at The College of Piping

The 2015 Programme of events at the College of Piping.
Tickets are available at the door and are £4 for Adults and £3 for concessions & under 18s.

Chris Armstrong

Chris Armstrong

Monday 10th August 2015

12pm Chris Armstrong ~ Piobaireachd of the Day ~ Sponsored by The Piobaireachd Society

Chris Armstrong started playing at 6 years old. He was initially taught at Torphichen and Bathgate Novice Juvenile Pipe Band. He received solo tuition from Pipe Major John Matheson BEM from the age of 8, then had lessons from Andrew Wright for Piobaireachd and now receives lessons from John Wilson.  Past successes in solo piping include winning the Bratach Gorm, J. B. Robertson Rose Bowl and the Overall Champion Piper at the Scottish Piping Society of London in 2007, 1st in the Former Winners MSR at the Argyllshire Gathering and also the A grade MSR at the Northern Meeting in 2001. 1st in the PM Donald Macleod Memorial MSR, runner up twice in the Former Winners MSR at the Northern Meeting. He has been the overall champion in 2002/03 at the Cowal Highland Gathering; in 2003 he won the Gold Medal at the Northern Meeting.


1pm Quartet from Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band

The Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band are 10 time and current RSPBA World Pipe Band Champions, and the most successful pipe band from Northern Ireland. Led by Pipe Major Richard Parkes MBE and Drum Sergeant Keith Orr, the band practices in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, and draws members from across the country, as well as having welcomed players from Scotland, England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Denmark, and France. The band is one of the world’s leading competition pipe bands, and also performs in concerts and events.

Tuesday 11th August 2015

12pm Donald MacPhee ~ Piobaireachd of the Day ~ Sponsored by The Piobaireachd Society

donaldDonald has achieved the pinnacle of success at both the solo and pipe band scene. A Gold Medalist at the Northern Meetings in 2005 and an accumulation of pipe band championships over the course of the past 16 years numbering in 29 major pipe band championship wins including 5 World Pipe Band Championships, 7 Champion of Champion titles and 2 Grand Slams.  Donald holds a Graduate and Senior Teacher’s Certificate with the Institute of Piping. He has his Advanced and Teacher’s Certificate with the RSPBA. A fully qualified RSPBA Adjudicator and a solo adjudicator on the CPA list of Active Competitive Adjudicators. Donald is also a PDQB Assessor for all levels.


1pm The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland

The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland is a non-competing cutting edge performance pipe band for 10-25 year olds in Scotland. Launched in 2002, the National Youth Pipe Band is the first and only organisation of its kind to bring together Scotland’s most talented young musicians at a national level. Membership is drawn from across Scotland’s 32 councils, and young pipers and drummers come from an array of different competing pipe bands and musical backgrounds, brought together as a collection of the very best chosen to play for their country. The National Youth Pipe Band provides unique development opportunities for its young members and an exceptional musical experience for its audiences. The NYPB is a dynamic, exciting, and modern spin on the traditional pipe band experience, and performs both at home and abroad.

Wednesday 12th August 2015

Willie McCallum

Willie McCallum

12pm William McCallum ~ Piobaireachd of the Day ~ Sponsored by The Piobaireachd Society

Willie McCallum is one of the foremost competing pipers in the world today.
A native of Campbeltown, Kintyre, Willie has won almost every prize in solo piping and several times over.

He received his main tuition from his uncles Ronald McCallum and Hugh A. McCallum and also came under the guidance of Ronald McCallum, MBE, Piper to The Duke of Argyll. Willie’s development as a youngster included not only these formal family influences, but the less tangible, equally important impressions made by countless visits to the Kintyre Piping Society. Here he heard all the experts of the era, including legends such as Donald MacLeod, Donald MacPherson and John Burgess.

Willie is in demand as a recitalist, adjudicator and teacher and has five solo recordings to his credit, in addition to his appearance on a number of compilation albums recorded live at recitals and competitions.

Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band

Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band

1pm Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band

The Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band, is one of the Scottish Police Bands constituting ‘The Pipes and Drums of Police

Scotland’, which was formed after the creation of Police Scotland in April 2013. The Greater Glasgow Band was formerly known as Strathclyde Police Pipe Band,(and also City of Glasgow Police Pipe Band and before that Govan Burgh Police Pipe Band) enjoys the reputation of being one of the world’s most famous bands and who enjoyed an excellent competitive success over its long history, including a record 10 Grade One World Championship wins over an 11 year span from 1980 to 1991. The Band continues to compete at the top end of Grade One and has enjoyed significant success since its inception as GGPSPB. The recent Concert at the Glasgow Concert Hall in front of a capacity audience, drew wide acclaim as one of the best Concerts ever. Our ambition for 2015 is to concentrate on the Competition aspect of band playing where we will challenge for the highest honours. We are recruiting people with excellent skills and wide experience, matching the highest level in the Pipe Band world. The band consists of a mixture of serving and retired Police Officers, combined with players from the wider community. The band are led by Drum Major Andrew McPherson, Pipe Major Duncan Nicholson and Leading Drummer Eric Ward.

12pm Thursday 13th August 2015

12pm John Wilson ~ Piobaireachd of the Day

John Wilson

John Wilson

John Wilson is a native of Campbeltown, Argyllshire and comes from a long line of family pipers in that area. He was originally taught by his father Pipe-Major William Wilson but studied piobaireachd under Pipe-Major Donald MacLeod for 25 years. He started competing at the age of 8years and won all juvenile events in Scotland several times over in the years following. In 1965 he turned to professional piping and won the Argyllshire Gathering Medal for the senior Strathspey & Reel competition at 15 years of age. In 1968 he won the Gold Medal at the Northern Meetings at his first attempt aged 18 years. From there on he won virtually every major solo award including the Gold Medals at Oban and Inverness plus the senior Piobaireachd and Former Winners’ March, Strathspey & Reel events at both meetings. He joined the Police in 1970 and was Pipe Sgt of the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band during their halcion period of major championship victories which included 6 consecutive World Championship wins. In total he has won 12 World Pipe Band Championships with Strathclyde Police Pipe Band. In professional terms he was promoted through the ranks of the Police Service from Beat Constable to Chief Superintendent. He has held many senior operational posts within the Force and has been involved in many major operational incidents and enquiries including the Lockerbie Air Crash. In 1998 he was appointed to the rank of Commander in one of Strathclyde’s “Jumbo” Police Divisions – Glasgow Central – one of the most challenging Police posts in the UK. John retired from the Police in 2003 and is now a senior adjudicator on the joint approved list for solo piping and the RSPBA panel for pipe bands and also teaches at home and abroad.

Police Soctland Fife Pipe Band

Police Soctland Fife Pipe Band

1pm Police Scotland Fife Pipe Band

The Police Scotland Fife Pipe Band is a Grade 1 pipe band from Fife, Scotland, and was established in September 2007.

The band’s first competition at the Dunbar Highland Games in May 2008, saw the band awarded first prize in Grade 1. In August of the same year the band made their first appearance at the World Pipe Band Championships and gained entry into the Grade 1 final, having achieved second place among fourteen bands in the morning qualifying round.

The band also went on to successfully qualify for the Grade 1 World Championships final in 2009 & 2010.

In 2011, the band achieved its most successful season yet earning its first ever top 6 placing at the Scottish Championships with a 6th Place, its highest ever finish to date with a 5th place at the European Championships and also Pre-Qualifying for the Grade 1 Final of the 2011 World Championships.

2012 saw the band come under the new leadership of Pipe Major Andrew Mathieson after founding Pipe Major Jim Murray stood down for family commitments. Although just missing a top 6 finish at each championship, Pipe Major Andrew Mathieson was happy with the consistent results for his first season in command.

In April 2013 with the amalgamation of all the Scottish Police Forces, the band rebranded under Police Scotland Fife Pipe Band. However, due to increased family commitments and also to dedicate more time to the development of our junior band Kirkcaldy High School Pipe Band, Pipe Major Andrew Mathieson decided to step down mid-season and allow Douglas Murray to take the helm. The band finished another season consistently being just out of the top 6.

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