Kiwi call leads to gold medal for young piper

010513 Linlithgow piper Ross Miller.
010513 Linlithgow piper Ross Miller.

piper Ross Miller blew up a storm in New Zealand recently to win a prestigious medal in the New Zealand and South Pacific pipe band championships.

Ross was a guest piper with the City of Invercargill Pipe Band, in the South 
Island, who won the Grade II championship.

Ross, who plays with Boghall and Bathgate Grade I Pipe Band, was invited by Pipe Major Alisdair MacKenzie of the City of Invercargill band to be a guest piper for the championships.

Ross is a pupil of Linlithgow Academy and is currently studying for Advanced Higher Music and Advanced Higher Maths. He took time out of his studies to make the trip to New Zealand.

Ross was 17 when he made the trip and returned home two days before his 18th birthday party which, he said, he really enjoyed although he was jet-lagged.

He is no stranger to travel through his piping activities. Last September he was in Texas and the day after he returned home, he was on his way to Stornoway where he helped with piping workshops.

Ross doesn’t really know why he developed this interest although he remembers that his granny used to play the chanter!

He recalls hearing the bands at the Marches when he was young which inspired him. He moved to Inverness because of his dad’s work and it was there, age seven, that he first began some lessons.

When the family returned to Linlithgow he joined Boghall and Bathgate novice band and went through the teaching system to senior status. He is also a member of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland.

Ross said: “I already have an acceptance for a place at the Royal Conservatoire in the new term, so I could 
afford to take this time out.

‘‘Going to New Zealand and winning with the band there was a great experience.”