Practical Pipers Society
Gordon is to be congratulated on gaining a 1st Class pass in his Honours year at the the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where he rubs shoulders with all the right people. It should be noted that in the eleven year that this course has been running, his First Class Pass is only one of four during that time, and is the first Piping "First Class".
He once thought he was practicing OK. Now he is faced with thinking really seriously about his music and ability, plus making it blend with other instruments etc. He also faces a busy time satisfying the needs of Jimmy Banks, Gavin Stoddart and Roddy MacLeod at the National Piping Centre on a daily basis.
Here we have Gordon on a visit to The Republic of China on behalf of the Scottish Executive.
This picture was taken during a Burns Supper in the British Embassy in Beijing.
L. to R. The Embassy rep. who addressed the Haggis, Jim Wallace MSP. Deputy First Minister of the Scottish Parliament, and Gordon.
What a "back-drop"
Just how many Pipers can lay claim to have played on the Great Wall of China.
2006 saw Gordon make a move to Grade One by joining "The Power of Scotland" just at a time when Roddy MacLeod
stepped aside to allow Chris Armstrong to take over and perhaps now make his own mark.
Gordon is now in his fourth year at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and is also now very busy
with his young ceilidh band "Broomielaw. The group of RSAMD Graduates are available for all kinds of functions
such as wedding, ceilidh dances and parties.
Don't be disappointed, and contact Gordon direct at 07725031712
Gordon Bruce BASM-piping
- 3piece band with CALLER consisting of border pipes, accordion
and drums. With the availability of providing other musicians such
as piano, fiddle, or guitar/singer, as an optional extra.
- All graduates from the RSAMD Scottish Music Degree/
- Provide a ceilidh with disco
-Played for ex-United States President Bill Clinton (May 2006)
For any questions call: 07725031712
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Two Happy Graduates
The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
This week I had a visit from two highly telented musicians.
Steven Nelson is a drummer with The Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia
while Gordon Bruce is a piper with The Power of Scotland.
Both have just successfully completed a very hard fours years
B.A. course at the RSAMD and have been awarded First Class fourth year honours passes.
In the eleven years since these courses started, there has only been two other students
to attain "1st Class Honours" but these to young men have gone further by being the
first Piper and the first Highland Drummer to gain this distinction.
Steven is now based in Falkirk and his first position will be alongside me
from August at Craigclowan School, Perth. He is also working in an
Ayrshire school with Gordon Walker.
Gordon has just been awarded a part time Piping tutor position in Edinburgh
Schools, Leader/Pipe Major to West Lothian Schools whilst doing
Piping Tuition Supply work in Dundee.