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Greig Canning

Greig Canning is originally from Cardenden in the Kingdom of Fife. He began learning the bagpipes under the tutelage of Tom Brown at the nearby Lochgelly High School.

Playing with the school band Greig achieved success at all of the major pipe band championships in the Novice Juvenile and Juvenile grades as well as achieving notable successes in the junior solo circuit including first places in the RSPBA Branch Fife Under 19 championship and the Fife Oakfield championship.

Greig progressed to play for several seasons in the grade 1 former world champion Dysart and Dundonald Pipe Band under Pipe Major Brian Lamond. The band were ever present at this time in the prize lists for major championships and challenged for several years at the very top of grade 1. The band gained much critical acclaim with the release of the album “Terra Incognita” in 2005. In academic life, Greig achieved top piping results in both of the SQA Higher and Advanced Higher Music qualifications.

Greig has in recent years played with the House of Edgar Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band, winning prizes in every major contest in grade 1 as well as placing 3rd at the Grade 1 World Championships in 2008. As well as the competitive side to piping, Greig took part in the 2008 Pre World Championships concert where he performed with Shotts and Dykehead and also had the honour of playing a solo in front of a sold out Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Greig is a current member of the Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band from Palmerston North, New Zealand. Greig has travelled to play with the band in New Zealand as well as competing at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow. The band are currently ranked 10th in the world and look forward to the 2011 season.

As a soloist Greig has progressed into the ranks of the professionals performing very well in the Competing Piper’s Association “Piobaireachd” League. Greig has won first place at Blairgowrie Highland Games, Strathmiglo Highland Games, Ceres Highland Games and St Andrews Highland Games as well as placing highly at other highland games throughout Scotland including the Cowal Highland Gathering and Inveraray Highland Games. He was the first winner of the “McLaren Trophy” awarded for piobaireachd at the Kingdom Thistle solo piping and drumming contest and has placed 2nd in the prestigious Duncan Johnstone Memorial Competition for piobaireachd.

Greig has had experience teaching from a young age, tutoring the younger members of the school band and volunteering at the local Black Watch army cadet force, helping them to produce a band for parades, tattoos, officer’s mess and other military engagements.

Greig worked for 3 years as a retail manager with the National Piping Centre in Glasgow, teaching many students in individual, summer school and group lessons along the way. It is at this point that Greig passed the level 6 Piping and Drumming Qualifications Boards exams for theory and performance, thus qualifying to be a tutor and examiner. Greig’s current students include members of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland, adult learners of all ages and junior prize-winners on the highland games circuit.

Greig has recently been featured on BBC Radio Scotland’s famous piping programme “Pipeline“ where he had the honour of featuring as a session guest for an hour long show playing competition marches, strathspeys and reels and a piobaireachd as well as a set of slow airs and jigs. The show also featured tracks where Greig played as part of both Dysart and Dundonald and Manwatu Scottish pipe bands.

In his spare time Greig is a contributor to the Piping Today magazine and also teaches the West Linton and District Pipe Band in grade 4. This project is a relatively new one and has been ongoing for just over 6 months. In this time West Linton under Greig’s tuition have won their first ever major championship title, taking 1st place at the prestigious Cowal Highland Gathering. They have also been crowned branch champions in grade 4 by the Lothian and Borders branch of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association.

 

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