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!