Jim Kilpatrick, leading drummer of the House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band has been awarded a Member of the British Empire in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year’s Honours. The MBE is for “services to music.”
The award is thought to be the first ever given to a pipe band drummer.
Kilpatrick was also named “Drummer of the Year” in Piper & Drummer Online‘s own New Year’s Honours on December 29.
“Getting the MBE for services to music has brought this historic year to a fantastic end and has also given me the perfect start to the new year,” Kilpatrick said to Piper & Drummer Online. “Thank you for your other New Years Honours Award from P&D Online. That means an awful lot to me.”
The MBE caps off a banner year for Kilpatrick, in which he took his band’s drum section to World Champion and Champion of Champions titles, his band won the World Pipe Band Championship, and he was the subject of an extensive two-part interview in the Piper & Drummer magazine.
Kilpatrick lives in Ashgill, Scotland, with his partner, Fiona Cruickshank, the former Pipe-Major of the Deeside Ladies Pipe Band, the only all-female pipe band to make it to Grade 1. Kiplatrick works full time with the Premier Percussion company.
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