Drum Major Biography

drum major Billy JordanOur Drum Major Billy Jordan has a vast range of pipe band experience. He started with George Mills & Jim Cavan on the side drum aged 12 and later took Bass instruction from Duncan Lawrie & Ian McMillian.

His drumming qualifications took a more formal turn when he joined the Army and served with The 1st Btn Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Army where he gained the Army Class 3 Drumming (snare), Army Class 2 drumming (snare), RSPBA Elementary (snare) and RSPBA Intermediate (snare).

He received Drum Major instruction from Drum Major Willie Lafferty, this proved fruitful as he passed his Army Drum Majors Certificate which distinction. This was not to be the last of his successes and has went onto be a regular World, European, British, Scottish & Cowal finalist for the next 12 years.

Winning the European title in 2009 and the Cowal title in 2010. In overseas contests he has been placed 1st in the USA and in Europe and 3rd in the New Zealand Championships. Previous bands have included Dumbarton & District, the Mid Argyll Pipe Band and The 1st Btn Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders where he was the first Drum Major of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo when it went overseas to New Zealand in 2000.

This was one of the highlights of his career along with playing for Her Majesty the Queen and royal family on several occasions.