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Donald MacLeod Piping Workshop

Donald MacLeod Piping Workshop

On Saturday, June 11, 2022 after pipe band competition (approximate time 4:00 p.m.)  John Wilson will be presenting a Donald MacLeod workshop after the band competition.  This workshop will prove to be a once in a lifetime free event. 


John Wilson is a native of Campbeltown, Argyllshire and was originally taught by his father Pipe-Major William Wilson.  From the age of 10 years he studied Piobaireachd under the legendary Pipe-Major Donald MacLeod – a relationship which was to last for 25 years.

He started competing at the age of 8 years and won all juvenile events in Scotland, several times over, in the years following. When he, inevitably, turned to professional competition he won the Argyllshire Gathering Medal for the Senior Strathspey & Reel competition at 15 years of age.  

s first attempt aged 18 years and over the years he subsequently won virtually every major, solo award including the Gold Medals at Oban and Inverness plus the Senior Piobaireachd and the Former Winners’ March, Strathspey & Reel events at both meetings.

He joined the Police in 1971 and was Pipe Sergeant of the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band during the halcyon period of major championship victories which included 6 consecutive World Championship wins.  In total he won 10 World Pipe Championships with the band.

In his professional career, he progressed through the ranks of the Police Service from patrol Constable to Chief Superintendent and was ultimately appointed Police Commander for Glasgow City – one of the most challenging, operational Police posts in the UK.

John is now retired from the Police and, apart from teaching at home and abroad, he is a Senior adjudicator on the SPJA list for solo piping and he is currently the Convener of the RSPBA Adjudication Panel Management Board.

In November, 2019, at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards Ceremony he was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame to mark his contribution to ‘performance’ and teaching. A great honour for a Highland Piper!