Many heart-felt tributes from all over the world have been paid to Stevie Kilbride who died on Tuesday, September 13. Stevie was a well known and well-loved employee of McCallum Bagpipes, who specialised in the drumming side of their customer service for 19 years.

Stevie was a very talented drummer and tutor and was in demand from bands worldwide. He has also worked as a drumming tutor as part of The National Piping Centre’s staff delivering tuition weeks in Europe and North America. He started his playing career at Knightswood Juveniles and went on to play with many top bands, winning every major championship under Drum Major Jim Kilpatrick when he was a member of Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band. Stevie also loved playing for Bagad Brieg, and teaching their bass section.

Another career highlight for Stevie was when he joined piper, Lorne Cousin, on the Maddona re-Invention tour to teach Madonna’s drummers and dancers to play pipe band style beatings. Stevie also performed on stage when the re-Invention tour was in Manchester.

•Stevie pictured in front of an 80,000 strong crowd at the Madonna concert at Slane Castle, Ireland.

Stevie will be sorely missed by family, friends and the pipe band family worldwide. Our sincerest condolences go to Stevie’s wife, Hilary, who is also a member of the McCallum Bagpipes staff.