Bagpipe Tuition is available worldwide, but not always from experienced, qualified, or even competent pipers.

It’s very important to get the best tuition you can, and if possible, to check out the teacher’s credentials. While there are good teachers out there who have no qualifications whatsoever, guidance from someone with an established background is best.

Neil has a proven track record in both performing and teaching.

He has been playing since age 4, and joined the Scots Guards aged 16, playing with the Guards Depot Piping School in Grades 3 and 2, then the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards in Grade 2 and 1.

He competed as a solo player until aged 18, being successful in local competitions.

  • Maintenance in Muscat
  • Teaching Kincardine
  • College of Piping Highland School
  • Teaching in Kincardine
  • Drumnadrochit Piping Society

In 1986, Neil joined Strathclyde Police, playing with the 12 times World Champions Strathclyde Police Pipe Band in 1994 – 2000, then 2004 – 2008. Between stints with “The Polis”, he played in several other bands, and also in Folk bands. In 2011, he played with Shotts and Dykehead, and returned to solo competition, where he still successfully competes as a Professional Graded Player.

Neil began teaching in 2008, when he taught local Air Cadets, and went on to help establish the Scotland and Northern Ireland Air Training Corps Pipes and Drums. He established bands for Glasgow and Lanarkshire Army Cadets, Drumnadrochit Piping Society and helped to establish Tulliallan Pipes and Drums.

Since leaving the Police in 2012, Neil has taught full time, in person, and over Skype, and has achieved the highest Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board Certificates. He is a PDQB qualified teacher, and also an examination assessor.

In 2015, Neil spent six months instructing the Royal Oman Police.

Neil frequently teaches at the College of Piping, Glasgow and has solo prize winning pupils all over the world. He instructs from beginner to prize winner and is flexible in his approach to instruction in order to tailor learning to the individual. His you tube channel is in place to support learning for pupils and the public.


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