Finlay MacDonald has blazed a trail as one of the country’s finest exponents of contemporary and traditional Piping. He has worked with many leading artists in the traditional music scene including Fred Morrison, The Unusual Suspects, La Banda Europa, Old … Continue reading
Originally from Bathgate, Chris during the earlier years of his piping career was taught by PM John Matheson BEM.?Chris is a full time instructor at The National Piping Centre. Past successes include winning the Bratach Gorm, J. B. Robertson Rose … Continue reading
With his piping career beginning at the age of 9, John has had many years of piping experience. As well as the traditional solo and pipe band competition circuits he has a good deal of experience performing with orchestras, trad … Continue reading
Margaret began learning the pipes at age 8 and was initially taught by her father Con Houlihan. She later received tuition from Stephen Power (ex Scots Guards) and Andrew Wright. She moved to Scotland in 1998 to attended the Royal … Continue reading
Glenn Brown is 29 years old and originally from Milton, Ontario, Canada. A teacher at The National Piping Centre, Glenn’s Pipe Band back ground includes eight seasons with his mother Gail Brown’s band The Milton Optimist’s. In the autumn of … Continue reading
Callum comes from Bo’ness, West Lothian and currently is an instructor at the National Piping Centre.?His tutors include Bert Smith, Tom Speirs and currently Willie McCallum.?Callum has played with the Lothian and Borders Police Pipe band, Shotts and Dykehead, Simon … Continue reading
What are Experience Levels?
Complete beginner. Chapters 1-15 of the National Piping Centre Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book 1 running on a 10 week cycle.
Advanced beginner. Completing the remainder of the National Piping Centre Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book 1 (chapter 15 – 26), running on a 10 cycle.
Intermediate. Made or making the transition to bagpipes, and being familiar with different types of tunes and time signatures. Knowledge of all embellishments. Equivalent to CLASP Grade 3, or North American Grade 4/5.
Advanced intermediate. Familiar with 4 part tunes in most time signatures. A little knowledge of piobaireachd. Roughly of CLASP Grade 2/3 or North American Grade 2/3.
Proficient. Good knowledge of different types of tunes. CLASP Grade 1 or North American Grade 1 and above.