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Piping Secretary, Murray Henderson presents overall Open champion, Pipe Major Ben Duncan with the Angus Hotel Challenge Shield.

Ben Duncan overall at Blairgowrie

Blairgowrie Highland Games took place on Sunday in conditions that were “almost perfect,” writes our correspondent. Entries were the highest ever at this popular Perthshire event and the standard was high. Pipe Major Ben Duncan (SCOTS DG) won the Open overall title and Brodie Watson-Massey won the Jimmy McGregor Memorial […]

Shotts: Graham Drummond appointed Pipe Sergeant

Shotts: Graham Drummond appointed Pipe Sergeant

Graham Drummond has joined Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia as Pipe Sergeant. Drummond (27) has spent the previous decade with Field Marshal Montgomery (FMM). Drummond, pictured right, joins friend and former FMM band member, Emmett Conway, in the leadership team at Shotts. Conway, who last September succeeded Ryan Canning as Pipe […]

An end in CITES

An end in CITES

The United Kingdom’s leading pipemakers have welcomed the announcement from CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) that African blackwood exports will no longer be subject to a licence. From November 26, any exports of new bagpipes made from African blackwood will no […]

Pipe Major Robert 'Rob' Roy, MBE, DCM – The Piper of Tobruk.

VE Day 75 gathers apace

Hundreds of pipers have registered so far to participate in the United Kingdom’s VE Day 75 commemorations next year. May 8, 2020 has been designated a public holiday in the UK to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe. At 3.00pm local time, […]

SPA Knockout: Heat 3 goes to Leask

SPA Knockout: Heat 3 goes to Leask

Steven Leask from Ayrshire, Scotland won last night’s Scottish Pipers’ Association Knockout heat held at The National Piping Centre Otago Street in Glasgow’s west end. He defeated his girlfriend, Sarah Muir in what was a very entertaining evening of top class piping. Steven joins Stuart Liddell and Calum Beaumont who […]

Pantaleoni wins Braemar Gold Medal

Matt Pantaleoni, pictured right, of St. Louis, Missouri, USA today won the Braemar Gold Medal for piobaireachd. His winning tune was The Vaunting. Pipe Major Ben Duncan was the overall winner. The annual Braemar Gathering is Scotland’s most visited highland games – the crowd numbered around 15,000 today – with […]

18 & Under winners.

SPA Junior comp. results

The Scottish Pipers’ Association held its annual Junior competition today at The National Piping Centre Otago Street. The results were: Ceòl Mòr 18 & Under – Hazel White; 2. Cameron May; 3. Tòmas Young.15 & Under – 1. Josh Esson; 2. Frawer Hamilton; 3. Finlay Peden; 4. Lewis Maxwell.13 & […]

L-R: Logan Tannock, Ann Lore, George Johnston, Brian Mulhearn and Allan Hamilton.

SPA Veterans contest results

The Scottish Pipers’ Association held its annual contest for pipers aged 60+ at The National Piping Centre Otago Street in Glasgow last night. Competitors are required to play a slow air and march of their choice. The results were: 1. Logan Tannock; 2. Ann Lore; 3.= George Johnston and Brian […]

Bob Brown … played winning tunes for the King.

Sovereign’s Piper on the Army payroll and a tune called ‘Mallorca’

• From the July 2000 Piping Times. The final part of our story on the office of Sovereign’s Piper, with excerpts from articles by Neville T. McKay and Bryan Douglas, Royal Scottish Pipers Society, the latter an interesting tale concerning King Edward VIII and Society member, Colonel CM Usher. In […]

Entries now open for London

Entries now open for London

Entries are now open for this year’s ‘London Competition’. Competitors should go online to http://www.scottishpipingsocietyoflondon.co.uk/ The competition takes place over the weekend of November 1-2. This year marks the 80th Annual Competition of organisers, the Scottish Piping Society of London (SPSL). The committee has introduced a few changes to the […]