P/M Roddy MacLeod MBE
A student of the late Duncan Johnstone, he played with the Red Hackle and British Caledonian Airways Pipe Bands, the last of which became the ScottishPower Pipe Band. In 1995, Roddy MacLeod became its Pipe Major and, over the next decade, led it to over 45 Grade 1 Championship prizes including the Cowal Championships and All Ireland Championships.
In 2008, Roddy led the newly formed Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band to the final of the World Pipe Band Championship after bringing together an international select of top pipers and drummers for a weeks intensive practice. The story is told in the film “On the Day” produced by John MacDonald which is available on DVD.
As a soloist, Roddy MacLeod won his first Gold Medal at the Northern Meeting in 1986, then the Argyllshire Gathering Gold Medal in 1988. Alongside innumerable successes as a light music competitor, Roddy MacLeod flourished as a player and interpreter of piobaireachd.
He has won the Glenfiddich Piping Championship four times and the piobaireachd event a record nine times, the Bratach Gorm seven times, the Silver Chanter six times, the Northern Meeting Clasp on two occasions, Bi-centenary medal (1988) and Former Winners MSR, the Senior Piobaireachd at the Argyllshire Gathering and the Former Winner MSR twice and the Gillies Cup Open Piobaireachd in London nine times.
In 2003, he was made a Member of the British Empire in recognition of his services to piping and, in 2004, was awarded the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for Music. In 2012, Roddy was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Awards Hall of fame.
He has a Piobaireachd download website with full length Piobaireachds recorded on the pipes. Visit www.roddymacleodpiobaireachd.com
Recently, Roddy has launched his range of RJM pipe chanters with African blackwood solo pipe chanters, polypenco band chanters and the new polypenco Ensemble (B flat chanter). The Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band is currently playing the RJM band chanter. For more information visit www.roddymacleodbagpipes.com
Roddy lives near Glasgow with his wife Margaret.