Register for Estranged Pipers & Drummers?

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Bagpipe.news was contacted this week by James Martin, a piper living in France, asking if there was such a thing as a Register for Estranged Pipers & Drummers? Our answer was no, at least we don’t think so, unless someone can put us right?

•James competing in a solo competition in Santiago, Chile in 2018

Anyway, we wanted to help James and asked if he could provide some information that might impress a Pipe Major who would be willing to welcome a new overseas band member.

So James took it to the next level, and has provided his Piper’s Curriclum Vitae below, along with a youtube video of his playing.

Is this a thing that would be useful to other pipers? Is it helpful to Pipe Majors looking to add new band members? If so, get in touch with an email to news@bagpipe.news and maybe the Register for Estranged Pipers & Drummers might just be come a regular feature on bagpipe.news.


JAMES MARTIN – Piper’s Curriclum Vitae

I first began tuition with Colinton and Currie Pipe Band in Juniper Green, Midlothian in 1965 at the age of 12.

The band competed in Grade 4 in the late 60s/early 70s, winning the European Championships in Grade 4 at Cowal and being placed in various other UK contests.

We were upgraded to Grade 3 the following year and I left the band soon thereafter, moving north to Invergordon to live and work and playing for a couple of years with the Invergordon British Legion Pipe Band, and following this, a period with Inverness British Legion.

I stopped playing in bands in the 1980s due to working overseas and when I retired and moved to Chile in 2014, I joined the Santiago Metropolitan Pipe Band.

In 2016, I took first prize overall in the Intermediate Category for MSR and Hornpipe/Jig at the SPBASA solo piping competition in Buenos Aires.

I played in the REMT 2017 at Edinburgh Castle with Pipers Trail and later that year at the Musicfest in Dusseldorf.

I came first in Hornpipe/Jig and second in MSR in the Santiago Cup in 2018.

I played with the International Celtic Pipes and Drums at the Spasskaya Tower Festival in Moscow in 2019.

I was auditioned and accepted for Pipers Trail in 2020, but the event was cancelled.

Attached is a video of part of the audition for that event. Please forgive the birls… it was a nippy morning 😉     

My current set-up is a McRae SL4 pipe by McCallum, McCallum poly chanter with a Bannatyne Hybrid bag and Ezeedrone reeds.

I now live in France, close to Geneva airport.  A short hop to Glasgow.

I am keen to get back into competitive band piping, so please get in touch through email if you think I could fit in with your band for the Worlds this year.

Many thanks,
Jim