John Wilson

John Wilson is a native of Campbeltown, Argyllshire and comes from a long line of family pipers in that area. He was originally taught by his father, Pipe Major William Wilson but studied pibroch under the legendary Pipe Major Donald MacLeod for 25 years.
He started competing at the age of eight and won all juvenile events in Scotland several times over in the years following. In 1965 he turned to professional piping and won the Argyllshire Gathering Medal for the senior Strathspey & Reel competition at 15 years of age.
In 1968 he won the Gold Medal at the Northern Meetings at his first attempt aged 18 years. From there on he won virtually every major solo award including the Gold Medals at Oban and Inverness plus the senior Piobaireachd and Former Winners’ March, Strathspey & Reel events at both meetings.
He joined the police in 1970 and was Pipe Sergeant of the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band during their halcyon period of major championship victories which included six consecutive World Championship wins. In total he won 12 World Pipe Band Championships with the band.
John retired from the police in 2003 and is now a senior adjudicator on the joint approved list for solo piping and the RSPBA panel for pipe bands. He also teaches at home and abroad.