A quick history of the bagpipes...

Linlithgow piper Ross Miller.
Linlithgow piper Ross Miller.

The ‘Lithgae Piper’ Ross Miller is currently enjoying the opportunity of a lifetime – as the lead piper at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games medal ceremonies.

The 19-year-old, who is fast becoming used to such achievements, plays Flower of Scotland with the Youth Pipe Band of Scotland and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Ross blew up a storm in New Zealand in 2013 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.

He is no stranger to travel through his piping activities, in September 2012 he was in Texas and the day after he returned home, he was on his way to Stornoway.

The young piper has another achievement to his credit, playing at the Basel Christmas tattoo in Switzerland with The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland in December last year.

Ross who has played with the band for five years, is also in his first year as Pipe Major.

Next up for Ross is the prestigious ‘Pipe Idol’ competition held as part of ‘Piping Live’ at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow on August 13 in the run-up to the World Pipe Band Championships.

This annual piping festival, which draws more than 200 bands from every corner of the globe, sees Ross competing as part of the People’s Ford - Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band who are tipped as contenders for this year’s championship spot.

Ross said: “I love the buzz of it all and to get the opportunity to be involved with an event like the Commonwealth Games doesn’t come around often, so you grab it with both hands.”

For more information and tickets log onto www.peoplemakeglasgow.com/piping