Iain Lowther has been appointed as the new Piping Instructor at Queen Victoria School, Dunblane. He takes over from Gordon Ross, ex-Gordon Highlanders.

Iain, pictured, taught piping at The National Piping Centre (TNPC) after retiring from the Army where he was a Scots Guards Pipe Major. He is also the Chief Instructor and Training Officer for the National Army Cadet Force Pipes & Drums and Pipe Major of the Scots Guards Association Pipes & Drums (Scotland).

In the summer of 2020, Iain’s 2/4 march composition, Dr. Whittow’s Salute to the 150th Argyllshire Gathering won the composing contest held to mark the 150th year of the premier solo piping event.

Finlay MacDonald, Director of Piping at TNPC said: “Whilst we are saddened to lose him, Iain will do well in his new post, of that there is no doubt.

“He accomplished much during his time here and will carry on the fine piping tradition at QVS.”

Founded in 1908, Queen Victoria School is a non-selective, co-educational, boarding school predominantly for children of Scottish servicemen/women aged 10/11 to 18. It is the only school in the United Kingdom managed and funded by the Ministry of Defence. It has had a strong piping tradition from the outset. Pipe Major Angus MacDonald MBE was educated there when a child when Pipe Major James Sanderson was the Piping Instructor. The legendary Pipe Major John MacKenzie was the Piping Instructor for many years.

Valentine’s Day is not far away … but Donald needs some more cane to make reeds:

Thanks as ever to Iain Bell, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.