Swapping a Kiwi for a Haggis

A young Scottish piper was recently reunited with his fellow band members after spending the past year working with musicians in New Zealand. 

Twenty-four year old Alasdair Mackenzie from Garve, near Inverness, has been performing with the ScottishPower Pipe Band for the past six years.  He arrived back in Scotland to prepare for the World Pipe Band Championships, which will take place at Glasgow Green on August 14.   

Alasdair is currently half way through a two year contract as ‘Piping Instructor’ for the Southland Piping and Drumming Development Trust – an organisation that works with young pipers and drummers to broaden the music entertainment scene in New Zealand.   His job involves promoting and teaching the traditional Scots instrument to young people in New Zealand’s southernmost city of Invercargill.

He said:

 “It feels great to be back in Scotland and for such a momentous occasion as the World Pipe Band Championships – where more than 200 bands from 12 different countries will participate. 

 “The ScottishPower Pipe Band has been really supportive of my move to New Zealand and I’m delighted that I can continue to be a member of the band whilst working overseas”.  

Alasdair’s contract ensures that he is able to return to Scotland over July and August to participate in competitions with the ScottishPower Pipe Band. 

Heather McDonald, Group Sponsorships Manager at ScottishPower, said:

“We are delighted to see Ali return from New Zealand to take part in the competition with his fellow band members and it’s this level of commitment and talent that helps the band to retain their position as one of the top ten pipe bands in the world.  ”


For further information on the band, visit www.scottishpowerpipeband.com.

For background on ScottishPower, log onto www.scottishpower.com

Issued on behalf of ScottishPower by The BIG Partnership.

For further information on this release please contact Nicola Macnaughton on 0141 333 9585 or nicola.macnaughton@bigpartnership.co.uk

Notes to Editors

  • ScottishPower became the title sponsor of the band in 1989.
  • The band is led Pipe Major Chris Armstrong and Drum Sergeant Barry Wilson, who lifted the title of World’s Leading Solo Drummer in 2007 and retained the title when he competed again in October 2008 and 2009.

Contact: Nicola Macnaughton
Phone: 0141 333 9585
Email: nicola.macnaughton@bigpartnership.co.uk
Website: http://www.bigpartnership.co.uk