James McGillivray

Jim McGillivray has enjoyed a long and varied piping career since he retired from competing in 1991, having captured both Gold Medals, the Clasp at Inverness, and the M/S/R at the Glenfiddich Piping Championship. Since 1998 he has been Director of the piping and drumming program at St. Andrew’s College in Aurora, Ontario, an independent school for boys. He has published two seminal piping tutors, Rhythmic Fingerwork (1998) and Piobaireachd Fingerwork (2013), as well as two best-selling DVDs, Pipes Ready! and Pipes Up!, on maintenance and tuning of the bagpipe. In 2007, his groundbreaking website pipetunes.ca became the first major provider of individual pieces of sheet music to pipers. He is a regular on the judging circuit on both sides of the ocean, publishes frequently on pipesdrums.com, and runs McGillivray Piping, an internet-based piping supply business, which is also the world’s leading dealer in vintage bagpipes. Jim began piping at age 11 in 1966 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.