Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band

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Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band
Established2008, 2016
Pipe majorRoddy MacLeod
Drum sergeantJohn Fisher (2008), Jim Kilpatrick (2016)
TartanIsle of Skye

The Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band is a pipe band formed from top-class solo players.


The idea of forming the band came about in 2007 at the Glenfiddich Piping Championships, one of the world's premier solo piping events.[1] The name comes from the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards.[1]

It was formed over the winter of 2007-2008 under the leadership of Roddy MacLeod, and assigned immediately by the RSPBA to Grade 1.[2] The leading drummer was John Fisher.[3] The pipers had won between them 17 Highland Society of London gold medals.[1]

It wore the Isle of Skye tartan, and was sponsored by Glenfiddich, McCallum Bagpipes and Premier Percussion.[2][4]

Spirit of Scotland competed for the first at the 2008 World Pipe Band Championships, qualifying for the final and finishing in 11th place overall after one week of practice.[3][5]

The band reformed in 2016 with leading drummer Jim Kilpatrick, who left Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band the previous season. A significant number of drummers from Shotts joined along with Kilpatrick.[3] The availability of Kilpatrick, who has led the winning drum corps at the World Championships fifteen times, resulted in Macleod reforming the band to compete at all the major competitions in 2016.[3][6]


As of March 2016, the band had 41 pipers and 21 drummers available to play.[6]

Notable pipers include:



  1. ^ a b c "Updated: New all-star band secures Glenfiddich sponsorship: "Spirit of Scotland" - pipes-drums".
  2. ^ a b "Spirit of Scotland assigned to Grade 1 - pipes-drums".
  3. ^ a b c d "Kilpatrick raises Spirit, lands with all-star band - pipes-drums".
  4. ^ "Spirit of Scotland goes with Premier, McCallum - pipes-drums".
  5. ^ John McDonald (28 October 2008). "ON THE DAY - Promo Trailer" – via YouTube.
  6. ^ a b John McDonald (4 March 2016). "Jim Kilpatrick MBE re: Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band" – via YouTube.

External links[edit]

Official website