Steven McWhirter

Steven McWhirter is a native of Northern Ireland and now resides in Falkirk, Scotland with his wife Grace and two children Harry and Maggie. He has won the Adult World Solo Drumming Championships on nine occasions, the most current in October, 2018. He is a full time drumming instructor with the Edinburgh Academy & Dollar Academy Pipe Bands. Since he took over the leadership of the Inveraray and District Pipe Band their drum corps has steadily risen to become one of the top drum corps in the world.

Steven began drumming in 1993 at the age of 10, with initial lessons from his father, Dessie. Steven joined his local Cullybackey Pipe Band in 1994, receiving snare instruction from Adrian Hoy. During his time under Adrian’s instruction Steven won many Juvenile and Junior solo competitions including the Worlds Juvenile section one on two occasions. He remained under the direction of Adrian until Cullybackey won the Grade 2 World Drumming title in 2001. It was then, in 2002 that J. Reid Maxwell approached him to join the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band.

Between the years of 2002 – 2008 he travelled from his home in Northern Ireland to compete, teach and perform with the band in British Columbia. During his time in SFU Steven won the North American Pipe Band Championships (2002), World Pipe Band Championships (2008) and the World Pipe Band Drumming Championships (2004 & 2008).

As leading drummer of the Inveraray and District Pipe Band, Steven has led the drum corps, and band, to several RSPBA major championship wins.

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