The legendary pipe band drummer Jim Hutton died on the morning of June 20, 2011, in his seventy-fifth year. A giant of the pipe band world, Hutton was best known for his work with the Muirhead & Sons Pipe Band, with which he won at least one World Pipe Band Championship, playing alongside his brother, David, who was Pipe-Sergeant of the band.
Born in 1936, Hutton was a member of the Edinburgh City Police Pipe Band, first in 1953 and 1956 under Pipe-Major Donald Shaw Ramsay, and then in 1968 and 1970 under Pipe-Major Iain McLeod. In the latter period with the band he played with Leading-Drummer Alex Duthart. It was also under Duthart when Hutton was a member of Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia until the early-1980s. He was also a member of the Invergordon Distillery Pipe Band in the late-1960s, again playing under Alex Duthart.
Following his playing career, Jim Hutton built a solid reputation as one of the RSPBA’s top adjudicators, frequently judging the organization’s major championships and the World Solo Drumming competitions.
Hutton was an active and giving teacher throughout his life, and frequently travelled abroad to impart his knowledge. He was a popular and respected figure in the pipe band world, never afraid to express his well informed opinion on all things pipe band.
Jim Hutton was part of pipes|drums Magazine’s four-part “Living legends reunited” interview with eight former members of the Edinburgh City Police bands of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, in which he shared important historical memories of his time with the bands with which he played.
A brief profile of Jim Hutton appeard on pipes|drums in November 2000.
The funeral is at 2:45 pm on Monday, June 27th, at the Dundas Funeral Home (Thomas Cuthell Funeral Home), Bo’ness Road, Grangemouth, FK3 8AF (next to the police station, in the centre of town), followed by burial at 3:30 pm at the New Grandsable Cemetery, Polmont Road, Polmont, FK2. Refreshments will follow at the Leapark Hotel, Boness Road, Grangemouth.
On behalf of the piping and drumming world, we extend our sympathies to Jim Hutton’s survivors and his many friends around the world at this sad time.