Player Profiles

Andrea Boyd

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Greig Canning

Greig started playing the bagpipes at age 11 under the instruction of Tom Brown at Lochgelly High School in Fife.  Greig achieved notable successes winning every major Pipe Band contest in the Novice Juvenile and Juvenile grades.  Individually Greig won the overall prize at various solo piping championships including the Fife Championships and Oakfield Championships.

Greig moved from being the student Pipe Major of the Lochgelly High School band to joining the ranks of Dysart and Dundonald Pipe Band in Grade 1 under the direction of P/M Brian Lamond, enjoying many successes including placing in the top 6 at many major competitions.

In recent years Greig has been a member of the Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band from Palmerston North, New Zealand which regularly competes in the World Pipe Band Championships and is continually ranked within the top 10 bands in the World.

Also in recent years, Greig has been a guest member of the House of Edgar Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band under the leadership of P/M Robert Mathieson.  The band enjoyed great success in Major contests earning 2nd places at the British and Scottish Championships as well as 3rd place at the World Championships.  The band has a flair for performance and Greig played a solo part at the band’s sell-out “Caledonia” concert.

As a solo competitor Greig competes at B grade level winning many prizes on the circuit, most notably second prize in this years Duncan Johnstone Memorial piobaireachd competition.  He counts Walter Drysdale and Brian Donaldson as previous tutors and currently takes instruction from Colin MacLellan.

Moe Devenney

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Jamie Forrester

Jamie began piping at age 11, and later received tuition from Brian Elrick at Glenalmond College, from age 14.  During his school days, Jamie was a regular solo competitor, and also led the Glenalmond band to its only competitive win in 20 years.

Following a short break from piping whilst at Edinburgh University, Jamie played at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2002 and 2003. Around this time, Jamie joined the Lothian and Borders Police Pipe Band, whose Pipe-Major, Colin MacLellan, also became Jamie’s solo tutor.  Finally leaving Edinburgh and the Lothian and Borders band in 2006, Jamie moved to London, where he joined the Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band, and has since competed with the New Zealand-based outfit at the 2007 and 2009 World Pipe Band Championships.

A frequent competitor on the solo circuit, Jamie now receives tuition from Roddy MacLeod.  Of note, Jamie has won the Sandy Grant Gordon Quaich, for best overall B-Grade piper at the 2007 Northern Meetings; has twice been placed 3rd in the Silver Medal at the Northern Meetings, in 2007 and 2009; as well as runner-up in the B-Grade March at Oban in 2008.

Ben Gibbs

Ben has been playing the bagpipes since age 10, and was taught by his Grandfather, John Gibbs, who also bought Ben his first guitar, at the age of 14.

When he was 16 years old, Ben joined “4 SCOTS The Highlanders”.  During his career in the Army, Ben participated in numerous high profile events, including, performing live on the BBC for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Horse Guards; for Her Majesty the Queen’s State Banquet for the King of Saudi Arabia, at Buckingham Palace; for The Royal Family at The Royal Hospital Chelsea; at The Edinburgh Military Tattoo; as well as performing for the Australian Prime Minister in Canberra and Sydney; and for the Russian President in Moscow.  Ben was also a member of the Royal Guard, in Ballater, in 2006.

Over the years, Ben has also played at numerous music festivals, including, live on stage in Quimper, Brittany, at the Festival de Cornouaille 2007; at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, for Celtic Connections 2008; as well as solo performances at the Lowender Peran Celtic Festival in 2008; the Cwlwm Celtaidd Festival in 2009; and Shennaghys Jiu in 2009.

At age 22, Ben competed with The Clan Gregor Society Pipe Band, who won the Grade 1 Qualifiers at the 2008 World Pipe Band Championships, placing 10th overall.  Ben is now a member of the Grade 1, Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band, from New Zealand, and also helps out with West Linton and District Pipe Band.

Robert Gray

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James Houston-MacMillan

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Donald MacLeod

Donald started playing at the age of 10, and was principally taught by Major John Allan (Queen’s Own Highlanders), who was Director of the Army School of Piping.  He also received Piobaireachd tuition from Ronald Morrison.  Donald competed regularly on the solo circuit and picked up regular prizes, most notably, the B-Grade Strathspey and Reel, at the Argyllshire Gathering.

Donald has been a member of the Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band since 1993, and was Pipe-Sergeant for eight years, during which time the band placed regularly at major competitions, including victory at the European Championships.  Donald was also a member of the folk band, “The Porridge Men”, who released the 1998 album, “Planet Porridge”, with Donald featuring on Highland Pipes and Small Pipes.

Glyn Morris

Glyn began playing the chanter at age 9, receiving lessons from David Taylor, a History teacher at Kingussie High School.  Glyn has also been tutored by Pipe-Major Nick Gordon (ex-Queens Own Highlanders), and Willie MacDonald (Benbecula).

At age 14, Glyn joined the Vale of Atholl Juvenile Pipe Band, soon progressing to the Grade 1 band, where Glyn was a member for the next 2 years.  Following this, Glyn joined the Scottish Gas Pipe Band, which has since been renamed the City of Edinburgh.  In 2005, Glyn moved to New Zealand, and joined the Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band and, now, back in Scotland, Glyn remains a member of both the City of Edinburgh Pipe Band and the Manawatu Scottish, competing with the latter, when the New Zealand-based band makes the journey to the World Championships.

On the solo scene, Glyn was named New Zealand Solo Piping Champion, in 2005.

Graeme Parker

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Stewart McKenzie

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