January 31, 2005

Gordon Walker takes new teaching post

The National Piping Centre has lost Gordon Walker, one of its highest-profile piping instructors, after Walker accepted a teaching position at St. Columba’s School in Kilmacolm, Scotland. Walker’s last day at the Piping Centre was January 7.

The Piping Centre had been sending Walker to help with its teaching load one day a week for the past year. The Centre also had provided piping instructor Margaret Houlihan as the popularity of the St. Columba’s School piping program increased further.

“Gordon leaves on very good terms with us,” says Roddy MacLeod, National Piping Centre director. “Obviously we are disappointed to be losing Gordon, but pleased that he his moving in to a very good position that the Centre helped to strengthen.”

Walker is one of the world’s elite solo competition pipers and is Pipe-Major of the 52nd Lowland Regiment, a highly-successful Grade 2 band.

MacLeod indicated that Walker’s successor has not been determined.


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