We are saddened to learn of the death of Willie Gilmour, aged 80. Willie had a long association with the College of Piping that included spells as a teacher and as a member of its executive committee.

Willie was also a popular piping instructor in the schools of east Ayrshire.

The funeral is to be held tomorrow (Saturday) at 11:00 at Craufurdland Cemetery near Kilmarnock, KA3 6BY. All are welcome although in-person attendance at funeral services in Scotland are currently limited to a maximum of 20 people.

Some staff members, board members and volunteers of the College of Piping in the early 2000s: Back – Jimmy Young, Tommy Campbell, Dugald B. MacNeill, Michael Martin MP, Robert Wallace, Colin Scott , Gordon Wilson. Seated – Harry Teggin, Alan Minty, David Kerr, Kenneth MacLean, Willie Gilmour, James McGrath.

We extend our condolences to all Willie’s family and friends.


The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland is now accepting applications from young pipers and drummers. The window for applying closes on May 7.

If successful, an invitation will be extended to applicants to join the band appropriate to experience.

The NYPBoS currently comprises two bands: the Junior Group and Development Band (ages 10-18) and the Senior Band (ages 14-25).

Full information – and an online application form – can be found here.

The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland playing at Celtic Connections a few years ago.

The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland is a non-competing performance pipe band for yougsters in Scotland. Launched in 2002, it remains the first and only organisation of its kind to bring together the country’s most talented young musicians at a national level.