October 31, 2001

Piping Centre Appoints PM James Banks as Head of Piping for RSAMD Course

Glasgow’s Piping Centre has announced that Pipe-Major James Banks, ex-Scots Guards, has been appointed Head of Piping at the centre, specifically managing the recently announced Bachelor of Arts (Scottish Music – Piping) degree program with the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD).

The Piping Centre also announced that Allan MacDonald has been made course coordinator for repertoire and history for the program, with Gordon Walker principal study tutor and Roddy MacLeod providing additional instruction.

The course will also draw on non-Piping Centre staff from time to time, with guest lecturers such as Hugh Cheape, David Murray, and Iain MacInnes taking part.

Jimmy Banks is well known as a former Scots Guards Pipe-Major who took the 2nd Battalion band to the top of Grade 2. He is currently the honourary piper to the Highland Society of London and Household Piper to the Queen.

The Piping Centre stresses that December 3, 2001, is the closing date for applications for the RSAMD degree course that starts in October 2002. The program is open to international students. Information is available from the Piping Centre.


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