Tag: SPA

Scottish Pipers’ Association professional contest results 2022

Scottish Pipers’ Association professional contest results 2022

The Scottish Pipers’ Association professional contest took place today, April 30, in The National Piping Centre. The results were: P/A/Open Piobaireachd William Geddes, Old Men of the Shells Steven Leask, Big Spree Ben Duncan, Lord Lovat’s LamentJudges: A Forbes, D Fraser Open Marches John Dew Steven Gray Greig Canning Callum […]

John Wilson: pounding the beat as policeman and piper

John Wilson: pounding the beat as policeman and piper

By Fergus Muirhead That John Wilson would end up playing the pipes was never in doubt. His father William was a piper in the 8th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. His uncle, Archie, Pipe Major of the 8th Battalion, was killed, like a lot of his colleagues, leading the battalion […]

Famous pipers: Roderick MacDonald

Famous pipers: Roderick MacDonald

Roderick MacDonald was born on South Uist in 1901. He was a member of Glasgow City Police Pipe Band from 1923 to 1956. He served under two Pipe Majors, Willie Gray, then the famous John MacDonald, his brother. At the Argyllshire Gathering, Roderick won the March in 1928, the Strathspey […]

Coronavirus: SPA, LBPS, RSPS events postponed/cancelled

Coronavirus: SPA, LBPS, RSPS events postponed/cancelled

More piping events have been either postponed or cancelled due to the concerns over the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). The Scottish Pipers’ Association’s two competitions have been postponed and its forthcoming monthly Club Night has been cancelled. All three were due to take place at the National Piping Centre’s campuses in […]

From the archives: SPA 1984 – and controversy at the Worlds

From the archives: SPA 1984 – and controversy at the Worlds

Following on from the Scottish Pipers’ Association’s (SPA) successful centenary night at The National Piping Centre Otago Street, today we feature an item from the December 1984 Piping Times. Angus J. MacLellan was President of the SPA back then and in that edition of the PT he wrote a report […]

SPA President, Tom Johnstone opens the evening with a selection of tunes.

SPA celebrates 100 years

The Scottish Pipers’ Association – one of the most prominent and historical piping organisations – marked its centenary in style last night at an informal evening of piping at The National Piping Centre Otago Street, the former College of Piping. A near capacity audience were welcomed by President, Tom Johnstone […]