Further to his appointment in November as Piping Instructor, we are delighted to announce Gary Nimmo’s additional appointment to the role of Pipe Major of our Grade 4 band. Gary will be working with Pipe Sergeant Irralee MacNab and Leading Drummer Amy Wilson preparing the band for the forthcoming competition season.
Gary joins as the former Pipe Corporal of the Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band, and former Pipe Major of the Grade 2 Royal Burgh of Stirling Pipe Band.
Gary said: “After working with the band over the last few months, I am delighted to be taking on this extra responsibility, and being part of a world class teaching organisation. Such community focused groups are absolutely vital for the development of pipers and drummers of the future. Also, after speaking to Mark Stewart about his vision for the Vale of Atholl, it was a very easy decision to be part of it."
Ian Elrick, Chairman of the Vale said: “We are all very excited about this appointment and along with Mark Stewart taking on the Grade 3 that the band has never been in better hands for many years."
As ever, if there are any youngsters in the area who would like to learn the pipes or drums, don’t hesitate to contact us. We have a fantastic tuition programme overseen by Gary and supported by Landrover Experience Scotland. Lessons are FREE and aimed at youngsters aged eight and over.
The Junior Piping and Drumming Competition took place on Saturday 18th January 2020, at Pitlochry High school. The full results are available here.
Special thanks to McCallum Bagpipes, The Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust and Perth and Kinross council for all their support in ensuring the 2020 Junior Competition was a success.
Congratulations to our champion pipers for 2020, Katie Duthie(Under 15) and Archie Clark(15-18)!
We are delighted to appoint Gary Nimmo as our Principal Piping Instructor. Gary is from the Falkirk area and comes with a wealth of experience in teaching, whilst playing at the highest level of pipe bands.
Gary started learning aged 10, under the tutelage of Logan Tannock, with whom he continues to work alongside part-time in Clackmannan Schools.
Having spend 10 years as schools instructor for Falkirk Council, Gary spent a further six years in the north-west of Scotland, encompassing the Ullapool and Gairloch areas. During this period he developed the Ullapool Pipe Band, with his most notable successes including 2x Scottish Schools titles, RSPBA Scottish and World Champions and also a winner of the BBC MG Alba Trad Awards Pipe Band of the Year. This period also saw the creation and development of a brand new pipe band in Gairloch. He now runs his own successful company Achiltibuie Bagpipe Specialists, which includes the ABS Piping and Drumming School in Falkirk.
Gary is a former member of Strathclyde Police Pipe Band, Clan Gregor Society, Denny & Dunipace Gleneagles, Royal Burgh of Stirling and spent five years leading the UK based team of the Grade 1 Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band of Vancouver, Canada.
Gary said: “I’m delighted to be able to be involved in what is a very exciting project. I’m truly thankful to Ian Duncan and Ian Elrick for this opportunity, and look forward to working closely with the bands leadership to help continue the great work already in place to deliver structure and success for the future.”
We're also delighted to announce that Scott Campbell is taking over as the senior Drumming Instructor for the tutorial programme and will be working with the Grade 4 band.
In addition, Irralee Stewart and Amy Wilson have taken over as Pipe Major and Lead Drummer respectively under the guidance of Gary Nimmo and Scott Campbell. To help with the running of the Grade 4 band we have appointed Vale trustee, Graham Waugh as Band Manager.
Congratulations to Gillie McNab on her British Empire Medal (B.E.M) award for services to The Vale of Atholl Pipe Band and to the community in Perthshire. Very well deserved!