The year 2022 was a great year for me in life and in piping. I must thank The Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust for their continued support towards my aims and goals in piping.

I am continuing with my lessons from Willie Morrison on a weekly basis, my main focus is with pibroch. I also continue with my band playing with Shotts & Dykehead at grade one. Furthermore, I am continuing my study in second year at ‘The Royal Conservatoire’ in Glasgow, on the piping course.  I would like to add some of my achievements and experiences of 2022 in piping.

I joined the ‘Competing Pipers Association’ in early 2022 in grade ‘C’ at the end of the year I have been promoted to grade ‘B’.  I have won many events but my most memorable were winning the intermediate MSR at the ‘Argyllshire Gathering.’  And my first open class win in Pibroch at the Luss Highland Games. I continue to teach others and pass on my skills in piping at my local Boys Brigade hall in Chryston.  Furthermore, I’m always thinking of others, I have helped to contribute towards two charitable events. The first was in Northern Ireland for kids with cancer (Belfast hospital) with the Shotts pipe band. Secondly, I was involved with some pipers and drummers playing in some chosen Glasgow pubs (cash for kids). On both occasions, four figure sums were raised.  Looking forward to a new exciting year in piping 2023.

Thanks again for you support at The Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust.


Submitted by: Bobby Allen
Year of award:  2022