Ryan took on the role as Pipe Major of the Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band from the 2013 pipe band season. Ryan is originally from Northern Ireland, and previously spent 16 years with the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band where he won 40 RSPBA major championships- including six World Pipe Band Championships- as well as nine RSPBA Champion of Champions awards and a Grand Slam. Ryan is a top composer whose tunes have shaped pipe band music over a period of nearly 20 years. He is also a top soloist who regularly features in A grade prize lists, has taught individuals, bands and workshops both in the UK and abroad, and runs his own business Canning Reedmakers in Glasgow. Ryan is only the tenth Pipe Major in the history of the Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band, and takes up the position as a current 2012 World Pipe Band Champion.
Glenn joined Shotts as Pipe Sergeant in 2013, having previously been a member from 2002-2007. Glenn is a top solo piper and is winner of the Gold Medal at the Northern Meeting, the A Grade March at the Argyllshire Gathering, and the Dunvegan Medal in Skye. Glenn is a 2-time World Champion with Shotts, and is also a past member of ScottishPower, Peel Regional Police where he acted as Pipe Major, the 78th Fraser Highlanders, MacDonald Caledonia, and the Milton Optimists. Originally from Milton, Ontario, Glenn initially joined Shotts to follow in the footsteps of his mother who piped with the band in the 1970s. He rejoined in 2013 along with his brothers Blair and Graham, as well as his brother and sister in law Ryan and Megan Canning. Glenn is one of the most sought-after teachers in the world today, and is a full-time piping instructor at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow.
David joined the band in 2013. He hails from North Berwick where he works as a conversion fitter apprentice and he also attends Falkirk College. David previously played with the Lothian and Borders Police Pipe Band from 2004-2012, having joined at the age of 12, and eventually serving as the band’s Pipe Sergeant in his final year there. David was a frequent prize winner in solo competitions at the juvenile level, and is involved in teaching piping in his home town of North Berwick.
Kevin joined Shotts in 2012. He travels to band from his home in Annan, where he works on railways across the north west of England. Kevin was originally taught by David McCracken and Lindsay Kirkwood, and previously played with Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary where he won the British Pipe Band Championships at the Grade 2 level. He was also a member of the Royal Burgh of Annan for five years and the McLean Pipe Band for 12 years.
Andrew joined Shotts in 2014. He is originally from Pittsburgh, and moved to Glasgow in September 2013 and joined the band shortly thereafter. A two-time graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, he holds both a BFA and MM degree in piping. He is a former member of the Windsor Police, Peel Regional Police, and 78th Fraser Highlanders pipe bands as well as former pipe sergeant of the CMU Pipes and Drums. Additionally, Andrew holds a minor in classical conducting and served a brief stint as Assistant Conductor for the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh. He is currently pursuing a PhD at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Megan joined the band in 2013. She previously spent seven years with the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band from Northern Ireland where she won 23 RSPBA major championships- including four World Pipe Band Championship titles- as well as five RSPBA Champion of Champions awards and a Grand Slam. Megan is originally from California, but has lived in the UK since 2002. She is married to Pipe Major Ryan Canning, and is also related to fellow band members Blair Brown, Glenn Brown, and Graham Brown through the marriage of her sister to Blair Brown. Megan works in the field of international development where she is currently UK Projects Manager for the charity RIPPLE Africa.
Andrew joined Shotts in 2014. Andrew is one of the band’s out-of-town players, but still commutes to practice once a week from his home in Montrose, Angus. He previously played with the City of Brechin Pipe Band, Bucksburn and District in Grade 2 as well as serving as Pipe Major of the Novice Juvenile band, and as a guest player with the Canterbury Caledonian Society of Christchurch, New Zealand. Andrew is a familiar prize-winner on the junior solo circuit in Scotland and was overall winner of the Scots Guards Association Junior Solos, a former prizewinner at the National Piping Centre annual Junior Competition, and a Pipe Idol finalist. Andrew is also a member of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland, and prides himself on being a season St. Johnstone season ticket holder.
Iain jointed Shotts in 2014. He comes from Strathaven in South Lanarkshire. Iain’s previous bands include his local Strathaven and District, followed by North Lanarkshire Schools at both Novice Juvenile and Juvenile level, as well as West Lothian Schools where he served as Pipe Sergeant. Iain is a familiar face on the solo scene, having won a number of top prizes in the under 18s category including the Northern Meeting and the Cowal Highland Gathering, and was overall champion at the Scotts Guards Junior Piping Competition. Iain is also a member of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland in its senior band as well as serving as Pipe Sergeant of its Development Band, and dabbles in playing a number of additional instruments, including drum kit, whistle, piano and guitar. Iain is studying for his undergraduate degree in Computer Science at the University of Strathclyde.
James joined the band in 2013. James travels to practice from his home in Galashiels in the Scottish Borders where he works for his family’s business. He first learned to pipe with the Galashiels Ex-Service Pipe Band, later joined the Stow Pipe Band, followed by the Scottish Borders Pipe Band where he won the Scottish, Cowal, and World Pipe Band Championships in the lower grades. James has most recently been a pupil of John Connor.
Andy joined Shotts in 2013. Originally from Northern Ireland, Andy is a well known face on the band and solo circuit. He previously played with the St. Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band where he won the Scottish, British, and RSPBA Champion of Champions awards, as well as having played with Ballycoan, University of Bedfordshire, West Midlands Police for 12 years where he spent time as Pipe Major, and Monkstown Mossley for 11 years where he originally learned to pipe. As a soloist, Andy has won the All-Ireland Championships, Northern Ireland Piper of the Year, and was the overall winner at Dunrobin Castle in 2011. He is a Project Manager at Barclays, and commutes to band practice from his home in Essex.
Fraser joined the band in 2014. He is originally from Dumfries, and started his piping career under the tuition of Jim McConnichie and Alan Maltman. Fraser is a former member of the Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary Pipe Band, twice winning the branch championships in Grade. He won various solo prizes at juvenile level, and now lives in Glasgow where he studies Civil Engineering at the University of Glasgow. One interesting fact about Fraser is that his name was supposed to be spelled with a “z” however it was misspelled on his birth certificate, and he’s gone by “Fraser” ever since!
Kenny joined the band in 2013. He previously spent 20 years with the Lothian and Borders Police Pipe Band, during which time he served as a corps piper, as Pipe Sergeant, as well as four years as the band’s Pipe Major from 1996-1999. In his earlier days he competed successfully in solo competition, including wining the Lawrie Ram’s Horn for Piobaireachd at London. Kenny is a working police officer, and travels to practice from his home in Prestonpans.
Hayley joined the band in 2013. Originally from Aberdeen, she moved to Glasgow in 2008 to attend the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she received a BA in Scottish Music (Piping) in 2012. Hayley previously played with the Inveraray and District Pipe Band and Bucksburn and District Pipe Band, and teaches piping in the Inverclyde school district, Hutcheson Grammar School in Glasgow, and the National Piping Centre. Hayley is currently tutored by P/S Glenn Brown.
Fraser joined the band in 2013. He is the youngest member of the pipe corps, and was just 15 years old at the time of joining. Fraser had been tutored by Pipe Major Ryan Canning from the age of 11 up until he joined Shotts and Dykehead along with Ryan in 2013. Despite his young age, Fraser had already won the British and European Championships at the Novice Juvenile level with North Lanarkshire Schools, as well as having played with Torphichen and Bathgate before joining Shotts. Fraser lives in Moodiesburn and is also a keen footballer. He is a member of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland.
Denis joined Shotts in 2006, and amazingly has been competing in pipe bands for over 40 uninterrupted seasons! Before his time in Shotts, Denis spent 17 years with the Black Bottle/David Urquhart Travel Pipe Band, and before that he spent another 17 years with the Hoover Pipe Band. Needless to say loyalty is clearly one of Denis’ qualities! Denis lives in Cambuslang, Glasgow, and although now retired he used to work as the Principle Design Engineer for a major Telecoms company. His outlook is to get the most out of life, and as he says, “it’s better to burn out than fade away.”
Sarah joined Shotts in 2013. Sarah is a successful solo piper and regular prize winner in the B Grades in Scotland, and is past winner of the MacGregor Memorial at the Argyllshire Gathering, as well as the entertaining Pipe Idol competition. Sarah previously played with the Inveraray and District Pipe Band, as well as the Kintyre Schools Pipe Band from her home town of Campbeltown. She now lives in Glasgow where she is studying for a BA in Scottish Music (Piping) at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Sarah is tutored by Willie McCallum and P/S Glenn Brown.
Grant joined the band in 2013. Grant commutes to practice from his home in Selkirk in the Scottish Borders. He previously spent three years with the Fife Constabulary Pipe Band, as well as having played with his local Tweedvale Pipe Band. Grant works for his family’s business, a vehicle M.O.T. and service centre in the Borders. He was taught by John Connor.
Dan joined the band in 2011. He previously spent five years with the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band, and also played with the Royal Burgh of Stirling and Chivas Regal Pipe Bands. Dan was one of the original members of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland, and holds a BA in Applied Music with Honours from the University of Strathclyde. He works as a piping tutor at Lathallan School and performs as a gigging musician with The Big Stupit’ Ceilidh Band. Dan is originally from Airdrie in North Lanarkshire, but is now based in Glasgow.
David joined the band in 2011. He previously spent five years with the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band, where he was the youngest ever player to join the band at that time and won the Scottish, European, and Cowal Championships. He also played with the Dumbarton and District and Knightswood Pipe Bands. David lives in Knightswood, Glasgow, and works as an electrician.
Jamie "Podge" Smith
Podge rejoined Shotts in 2014, having been a former member from 2010-2012. In addition to his previous years with Shotts, Podge is also a past member of the ScottishPower and Dumfries and Galloway Pipe Band. Podge works as a despatch operative in his home town of Annan, from which he makes the long commute to band practice each week. Podge is also a prizewinner on the Scottish solo circuit, winning prizes including the C Grade March at the Inverary Highland Games, and the C Grade March at Cowal. march at Cowal.
Ailis joined Shotts in 2014. She commutes to band practice once a week from her home in Kirriemuir in the north of Scotland. A very loyal member of her local City of Brechin Pipe Band, Ailis was a past member with Brechin for eight seasons, from her years as a beginner until she joined Shotts. Ailis has been a regular prizewinner in the junior solos, and has been a member of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland since 2009. She is pursuing a career in traditional music, and also plays whistle, guitar and sings! One fun and unexpected fact about Ailis: she has gained the unique ability to harmonise with her tumble dryer!
Jim Kilpatrick MBE
Jim is the most successful pipe band percussionist in history. Jim first joined Shotts in 1973 at the age of 15, and became leading drummer at the end of 1986. He is the 19-times winner of the Best Drum Corps prize at the World Pipe Band Championships (15 of which were won as leading drummer), and has also set the record for achieving 11 consecutive Best Drum Corps World Championship wins between 1988-1998. He is the only leading drummer ever to win the “Grand Slam” in drumming- winning all five major drum corps championships in a single season in 1991- and holds the record for winning ten major drumming prizes in a row between 1990-1992. As a soloist, Jim has won the World Solo Drumming Championships 16 times, also setting the world record in the solo domain. These achievements make Jim the most successful pipe band drummer ever and one of the top percussionists in the world today. For his achievements he has been recognised with an MBE by Her Majesty The Queen for his services to music and drumming, the Percussion Arts Society Lifetime Achievement award, and the Scottish Music Hall of Fame. Jim teaches and performs at workshops, master classes, drum clinics and percussion festivals around the world, and is proud to be a top endorsee for Pearl Drums, Remo Drumheads, Jim Kilpatrick Percussion products, Hardcase Drum cases, Roland Inc and Brightbeats.
Blair joined Shotts in 2013 as a returning member, having previously played with the band from 2002-2007. Blair is one of the top solo drummers in the world today and is a consistent prize winner at the World Solo Drumming Championship, as well as a 2-time World Pipe Band Champion with the Shotts band. Blair previously drummed with the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band in Canada, as well as Peel Regional Police, 78th Fraser Highlanders, Milton Optimists, and Macdonald Caledonia. Blair is the drumming director at the St. Thomas Episcopal School in Houston, Texas, and returned to Shotts in 2013 to play with his brothers, Glenn and Graham, and his brother and sister-in-law, Ryan and Megan.
Graham returned to the band in 2013, having previously played from 2002-2007. During his original time with the band, Graham won two World Championships, as well as 16 major drumming championships including three World drumming titles. Graham was most recently Leading Drummer of the Peel Regional Police Pipe Band, and also played with the 78th Fraser Highlanders and the Milton Optimists. As a soloist, Graham is winner of the Kansas City Gold Medal, 7-time winner of the North American Championships, 6-time winner of the Agnew-Harrison, and a finalist at the World Solo Drumming Championships. Graham is a full-time drumming instructor in North America (www.grahambrownpercussion.com) and rejoins Shotts in 2013 along with his brothers Glenn and Blair.
Joe joined Shotts in 2012. He was previously a member of the North Lanarkshire Schools Pipe Band, three years of which he spent as Leading Drummer, where he won the British and European Championships at Novice Juvenile level, as well as the Best Drum Corps prize at the British and European Championships in that grade. Joe is originally from Airdrie, and is a student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland working towards a BA in Scottish Music.
David joined the band in 2007. He is a full-time teacher of pipe band drumming, and teaches at Glasgow Academy, Hutcheson’s Grammar School, Craigclowan School, Kirkland High School, and North Lanarkshire Schools. He is also a director of his shared business D2 Percussion, and a percussionist with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. As a member of Shotts David has won every major drumming title, and as a soloist he has featured prominently at the Juvenile level. David previously played with the Clan Gregor Society, David Urquhart Travel, and the Knightswood Pipe Band, and travels to Shotts from his home in Glasgow.
Jake joined Shotts in 2013 as a returning member, having previously played for 10 seasons from 2001-2010. Jake returns to the band after his most recent position as Leading Drummer of the Lothian and Borders Police Pipe Band, which disbanded at the end of 2012. During his original time with Shotts, Jake won nine major championships, including two World Championship titles. He also won 19 major drumming prizes, including three World drumming titles, and seven RSPBA Champion of Champions awards for Best Drum Corps. Jake is originally from Denmark, but is now settled in Edinburgh where he teaches drumming at George Heriot’s School, and has been a finalist at the World Drumming Solos.
Andrew joined the band in 2004, and is a World Pipe Band Champion with the Shotts band. He is originally from Newmarket, Ontario, and previously spent seven seasons with the Peel Regional Police Pipe Band, as well as having played with the Toronto Police Pipe Band in Canada. Andrew is a successful soloist and has twice been a finalist at the World Drumming Solos, including finishing in fourth place. Andrew is self-employed as an AV technician as well as a part-time photographer and drumming tutor. He is settled in Glasgow with his wife Kirsty, herself a past member of the Shotts band, as well as his young daughter.
Gareth joined Shotts in 2013. He is one of the band’s travelling players and commutes to practice from his home in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Gareth is a previous member of the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band where he spent six seasons, and has won 20 RSPBA major championships with FMM including three World Pipe Band Championships, as well as four RSPBA Champion of Champions titles and a Grand Slam. Gareth was tutored by the late Bobby Rea and is a World Solo Drumming Champion at the Juvenile level.
Steven joined the band in 2005. He previously played with the Newtongrange Pipe Band as well as the Clan Gregor Society where he won the Grand Slam for drumming titles in Grade 2. As a member of Shotts, Steven is a World Pipe Band Champion and has won over 15 major drumming titles with the band. Steven holds a BA in Scottish Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and works as a drumming instructor for North Lanarkshire Schools and St. Columba’s School in Kilmacolm. Steven lives in Falkirk with his wife and young son.
David joined Shotts in 2010. He is a previous member of the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band and has also played with Dysart and Dundonald, Drambuie Kirkliston, Burntisland and District, and Inverkeithing and District. David is a successful soloist at the juvenile level and is a past winner of the World Solo Drumming Championships at the juvenile level. He was also leading drummer of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland from 2004-2008. David holds a BA (Hons) in Business Studies from Glasgow Caledonian University and is a director of his own company D2 Percussion, as well as teaching drumming at Strathallan, Stirling Schools, and the Community School of Aucheterarder. David also performs with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers.
Murray is the band’s bass drummer. He first joined Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia as a tenor drummer in 2012, having previously played for the Fife Constabulary Pipe Band and George Watson's College Pipe Band. Murray now teaches pipe band bass and tenor drumming at George Watson’s College, returning to his old school in a leadership position. For Murray, playing with Shotts was a lifetime ambition, and he moved from his position as tenor drummer to bass drummer in the autumn of 2013. Murray travels to band from his home in Edinburgh.
Louise joined Shotts in 2009. Louise comes from Blantyre, and previously played with Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, North Lanarkshire Schools, and Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary. She is currently studying childcare and hopes to become a Primary Teacher. Louise is a member of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland as Drum Corporal, and teaches the Williamwood Pipe Band and East Kilbride Pipe Band. Louise is a past winner of the Best Drum Corps prize at the World Pipe Band Championships with Shotts.
Cameron joined the band in 2014. He lives in Whitburn, but is originally from Fauldhouse near Shotts. Cameron is a past member of the Torphican and Bathgate Pipe Band, as well as Lothian Borders Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, and the Seafield and District Pipe Band where he own brother served as his very first pipe major at Novice Juvenile level! Cameron has won a number of junior solo competitions in tenor drumming including the Under 14s at the Lothian and Borders Branch Solo Competition, the Craigmont High School Solo Competition in the Under 16s, and was runner-up at the International Solo Tenor Drumming Championship in 2013. He is also involved with music outside of pipe bands, including playing E Flat Tuba in his school brass and jazz bands, serving as a percussionist in his school’s ceilidh band, and is a current member of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland.
Neil joined Shotts in 2006, and is the leader of the band’s bass section. Neil is past winner of the Gold Medal Tenor event at Winter Storm in Kansas City, and he is also a successful snare drummer and has placed third in Juvenile Section 3 at the World Solo Drumming Championship, as well as playing with the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland from 2005-2012 where he spent time as the band’s Drum Corporal, as well as Drum Sergeant. Neil hails from Carstairs near Lanark, and in 2013 graduates from the University of Strathclyde studying Electronic and Electrical Engineering. In addition to his other attributes, Neil was quick to point out that he has the “best hair in the band!”
Ashleigh joined the band in 2007. She is the band’s most local player, living the next village over to Shotts in the town of Allanton. Ashleigh previously played with the Lanarkshire Pipe Band, however her ambition was always to play in Shotts and follow in the footsteps of her cousin, Fiona Wilson. As a member of the band Ashleigh has won number major drumming titles, including the Best Drum Corps award at the World Pipe Band Championships. Ashleigh works for North Lanarkshire Council, and is engaged to a piper from the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band, Jonathan Lamberton.
Jenni joined the band in 2014. Like her brother Andrew, a piper in the band, Jenni commutes to band practice from her home in Montrose, Angus. She is a past member of the City of Brechin Pipe Band, as well as the Bucksburn and District Pipe Band from Aberdeen. Jenni is a member of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. She is a student at Mearns Academy in Laurencekirk.
Alison joined Shotts in 2013. She previously played with the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band where she won 10 RSPBA major championships- including two World Championship titles- as well as the Grand Slam. Few may know that in addition to being a tenor drummer, Alison has also competed as a piper with the Paisley Pipe Band, where she won every major championship at both Novice and Juvenile levels. Alison holds a PhD in Social and Economic History and is an Associate Lecturer and Project Officer with the Open University in Scotland. She is engaged to piper Michael Fitzhenry of the Field Marshal Montgomery and lives in Paisley.
Beth joined Shotts in 2014. She travels to band from her home in Clarkston in the South Side of Glasgow. Beth is a previous member of the Williamwood Pipe Band in Grade 4 and then Grade 2, as well as the Glasgow Skye Association. She is a member of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland.
Fiona joined Shotts in 2001, and is one of the band’s longest serving current members. She is a 2-time World Pipe Band Champion with the Shotts band and has won over 35 major drumming titles with Shotts including the Best Drum Corps at the World Championships on four occasions. Fiona is involved in teaching as well as adjudicating solo tenor drumming competitions, and has even taught her cousin Ashleigh Byers who now plays alongside her in the Shotts drum corps. Fiona works for Nestle UK as a Field Sales Representative, and travels to band from her home in Kilmarnock, although she originally comes from Allanton, Shotts.
Iona joined Shotts in 2013. She lives in Glasgow, but is originally from Garelochead in Argyll and Bute. Iona is one of the most successful up and coming drum majors on the circuit today, having won the Scottish, British (twice), World, Cowal (four times) and Champion of Champions titles (four times) at Junior and Juvenile level. By the time she entered the senior grade in 2013, she had won nearly 100 first place prizes as an Under 18. In her first year in the senior grade, Iona became the first Scottish woman in RSPBA history to make three championship finals and prize lists in her first year in the grade. Iona works as a Visual Manager for Forever 21 in Glasgow, and studied Photography at the City of Glasgow College.
Sandy is a past member of Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia from September 1964-September 1994. He served as the band’s fifth Pipe Major for two years from 1985-1986, and has acted as the band’s Chairman and Treasurer from 1996-present. As a playing member, Sandy has won every major championship available including five World Pipe Band Championship titles. Sandy has spent a lifetime helping Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia, and 2014 will mark the 50th anniversary of his support of the band.
Jim first got involved with Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia in 1993 when his sons David (piper) and Sandy (drummer) both joined as members. His son Sandy didn’t stay with Shotts for long, but David stayed on to win three World titles with the band. David is now Pipe Major of the Grade 2 Dumbarton and District Pipe Band. Jim has remained a loyal supporter of Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia, and while he himself has never played either pipes or drums, he became a committee member in 2005 and still attends most band practices to this day.
Maureen joined Shotts as the band’s Secretary in 2014. A familiar face to many, Maureen has spent over a decade assisting the pipe band world behind the scenes. She has served as Treasurer of the RSPBA Glasgow and West of Scotland Branch since 2005, and Vice-chair of the Branch since 2010 and can regularly be seen assisting where needed at Branch events. Her initiation to the pipe band world came through the involvement of three of her children in the Paisley Pipe Band, and Maureen has maintained her links to her local band and serves as Secretary to this day. Her children have gone on to be familiar faces in pipe bands: Alison and Gordon are both past World Champions with the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band and Alison is of course now a member of Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia. Her daughter Erin is a past member of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland and is studying percussion at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Having been a Principal Teacher in a number of schools and also having worked in special education, Maureen now works in the Disability Service in a higher education institution. The band is extremely fortunate to have secured the support and commitment of Maureen behind the scenes who adds greatly to the band’s team of dedicated committee members.
Ewan is a past member of Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia from 1978-1989, during which time he won every major championship including the World Pipe Band Championships. Ewan is the son of P/M Tom McAllister Jr. and the grandson of P/M Tom McAllister Sr. making him the third generation of McAllister pipers to have played in the band. Ewan runs his own company Elite Control Systems Ltd, and found his way back to Shotts in 2010. Today Ewan is an active supporter of Shotts and Dykhead Caledonia, and sits on the band’s committee as well as being the band’s trusted drone tuner.