Morningside Youth Pipe Band
   Now Incorporated within City of Edinburgh Schools Pipe Band

                                             Barry Donaldson, Piping Tutor


Barry is a Senior Piping Instructor teaching a number of pupils at different competency levels, both individual and band performance and has instructed a number of pipe bands throughout the country. He has delivered seminars and instructed on piping and pipe band disciplines, throughout Europe, Asia and Canada. He has had numerous articles published in the Piping Times and Pipe Band Magazines, ranging from music reviews, editorialson teaching and guides on improving individual and band performance.

Barry is very well qualified to teach holding the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Elementary and IntermediateCertificates, as well as the Piping and Drumming Qualification Board, Level 4 Piping and Tutor Certificates.

Barry is currently the Pipe Major of the City of Edinburgh Pipe Band. Prior to that he performed with Shotts and Dykehead, Dundee City, Lanarkshire and Strathclyde Police Bands. He was a founder member of the Strathclyde Police Band achieving a very impressive 11 Grade 1 wins at the World Pipe Band Championships along with countless other championship titles.

He was responsible for management both at Sergeant and Inspector level, however in 1995 further promotion within the Police Service, disallowed continued membership of the Band. At this time, the Chief Fire Master, Strathclyde Fire Brigade, requested his assistance with the Fire Brigade Band and subsequently assumed the role of Pipe Major and shortly thereafter, the band succeeded in winning theGrade 4 World Championships.

In 2001, he created the Lanarkshire Pipe Band. As Pipe Major the band competed successfully in major championships at both Grade 3 and 2 levels. Barry was also involved in the creation of the Lanarkshire Juvenile Pipe Band, establishing a teaching programme for children. In 2004 he was invited by North Lanarkshire Council to provide assistance in the development of the school’s piping and drumming project. This eventually culminated in the juvenile band becoming the North Lanarkshire Schools Pipe Band.

During the 1980s and 1990s he was a highly successful individual piper winning most of the major light music solo events. He was graded Premier by the Competing Piper’s Association (CPA) and was also elected onto the executive committee of the CPA and for a 2 year period held the position of Secretary. In 1995 he was invited onto the judging panel and appointed as a senior light music judge and has since judged most major solo piping competitions in Scotland, Including the former winner events at Oban and Inverness.He has performed piping recitals both nationally and internationally. His individual music has been recorded on CD as well as a number of radio broadcasts by the BBC and other independent radio programmes.

Having introduced chanter and piping classes to South Morningside Primary School and encouraged the setting up of drumming club, the next logical step was the setting up of a pipe band.  Barry has been the driving force behind the  Morningside Youth Pipe Band and the Boroughmuir Schools' Pipe Band.

Barry is the Pipe Major of the city of Edinburgh Pipes and Drums .


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