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Barry Wilson
Barry Wilson

Started playing around 1982 and was taught by various people including Ian Brown and Dougie Scott in Grade 4; Alan Sanger in Grade 3, Hugh Smillie for his solo work as a junior and Jim Kilpatrick when he moved to Grade 1. Barry holds the Elementary Certificate in drumming from the RSPBA. His pipe band achievements to date are 24 Major Pipe Band Championship wins including 3 World Pipe Band Championships; 40 Major Drum Corps Championship wins including 12 World Drum Corps Championships with 11 of them achieved consecutively. Barry's solo drumming achievements include 2 Juvenile World Solo wins with various top 6 finishes in the Adult section since 1990 culminating in winning the World title in 2007 and defending it successfully in 2008 to remain the current World Solo Drumming Champion. His previous bands include Mauchline and District; Killoch Colliery and Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia. Barry has been leading drummer for ScottishPower Pipe Band for 7 years. He has appeared on the Generation Game twice with both Jim Davidson and Bruce Forsyth with his old corps and also on the Kelly Show over in Ulster on the same bill as Jerry Lee Lewis – what a claim to fame!



Russell Esler
Russell Esler

Started playing when he was nine and was originally taught by Eddie Mogey of the Houghton-Le-Spring Pipe Band. On moving to Dunoon he was taught by Bobbie Davie. During his time in Dunoon he travelled to Shotts every week learning from Jim Kilpatrick MBE. Previous pipe bands have included The Houghton-Le-Spring Pipe Band, The Dunoon Grammar School Pipe Band, where he was leading drummer, The Dunoon Argyll Pipe Band and latterly the Johnstone Pipe Band before joining ScottishPower. Russell has achieved the RSPBA Level 4 Certificate and is a keen teacher. He has taught the Paisley Novice Juvenile Pipe Band since February 2010 and already they have secured a fourth place for drumming at the Scottish Championships and a third place for drumming at the World Championships.



John Henderson
John Henderson

Started playing in November 1996 and was taught by Mark Gibson at Burntisland Pipe Band. John's pipe band achievements include being Leading Drummer of Burntisland & District Juvenile Pipe Band. He was a regular prize winner with Dysart & Dundonald Pipe Band under the leadership of Paul Turner and he was Leading Drummer of Dysart and Dundonald Pipe Band in the 2006 and 2007 seasons. His solo drumming prizes include being twice World Solo Drumming finalist in the senior grade, Ulster C.S.O runner up twice, Junior Ulster winner, Lothian and Borders Branch winner, Glasgow and West of Scotland Branch winner, Festival de Cournouaille winner, Torphichen and Bathgate solo competition winner, World Solo Drumming Champion under 18's in 2002 and runner up in the under 19's in 2003 and 2004. John has played for Scottish Power Pipe Band for 2 years.



Stuart Hunter
Stuart Hunter

Started playing in 1997 and was taught by Mark Gibson at Burntisland Pipe Band. His solo drumming prizes include Brechin Champion in 2007 and 2008 and Fife Champion in the under 13's in 2001. Stuart's previous bands are Burntisland and District Pipe Band and Dysart and Dundonald Pipe Band.



Scott Mackenzie
Scott Mackenzie

Although Scott only picked up a set of sticks in 2005, he is already showing that he has a huge talent for drumming. A product of the North Lanarkshire Schools he has been extremely well taught by some of the best around including Colin Mackenzie, Bert Barr, Willie Kerr and Steven Nelson. Scott has won all the best Drum Corp Championship honours in the Juvenile grade and also Grade 3A, Champion of Champions Drum Corp titles in 2009 and 2010. Previous bands have been the North Lanarkshire Schools Pipe band and Linlithgow and District Pipe Band. However his highest accolade to date is winning the 2010 World Juvenile Solo Drumming Championship.



Steven Roberts
Steven Roberts

Steven joins ScottishPower on the back of 7 years with Shotts & Dykehead under PM Robert Mathieson and Jim Kilpatrick, here Steven picked up the World Championship trophy in his first season as well as the Champion of Champions title as a band and drum corps, in 7 years he was part of 13 drumming prizes and 5 Champion of Champions drum corps titles. Steven started off as a snare drummer with a local band in South Queensferry at the age of 8, at the age of he 15 moved to be the bass drummer with grade 2 band Drambuie Kirkliston under PM Martin Wilson and LD Bryn Butler. Steven then had a spell of 4 seasons with Newtongrange Pipe Band under PM Robert Burns and again Bryn Butler, Mick O'Neil, now Fife Constabulary Pipe Band, took over a short time after. Around 2000 Steven's next band was the newly formed Clan Gregor Society Pipe Band with Pipe Major David Methven, then George Shepherd and LD Mick O'Neil, PM George Shepherd led the band to Grade 1 where they achieved a 5th place in Ireland. Steven's band highlights so far have been his 4 seasons with Clan Gregor, winning the Worlds in 2005 with Shotts, a Shotts Drum Corps trip to Switzerland and also performing in Robert Mathieson's last competition as Pipe Major at the 2010 World Championships.



Dean Smyth
Dean Smyth

Dean started drumming at the age of 9 and was taught initially by his father Derek Smyth at their home in Northern Ireland. Previous bands have included Monkston Mossley for a season, Cullybackey for six years where he received a lot of help, tuition and guidance from Leading Drummer Adrian Hoy. Dean joined ScottishPower at the end of the 2011 season and has enjoyed coming to Scotland to play with the band. He is also a very keen soloist and has already made his mark on the solo drumming scene, accumulating five Ulster and 4 All Ireland titles and numerous minor competition wins so far. Dean finished runner up in the World Solo Drumming Championships in 2011 and has always finished at least in the top three every time he has competed.