Glenn pipes up at Cowal Gathering

Glenn at the Cowal Gathering on Saturday.
Glenn at the Cowal Gathering on Saturday.

Local piper Glenn Ross was ecstatic as the band that he plays in was triumphant at the Cowal Highland Gathering on Saturday.

Twenty two-year-old Glenn from Forfar is a member of the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band, Northern Ireland.

The band has claimed every major award this year including the Scottish, British, European, World, and now the Cowal Championships.

Its success in recent years has been phenomenal with the Lisburn-based band winning three world championships in a row. The band has become record setters, being the first to win two, and now three Grand Slam titles.

Glenn is a dedicated piper, beginning his passion at the age of eight, when Jack Stewart of Kingsmuir began teaching him.

Proud father Kenny Ross spoke of his son’s success and dedication.

He said: “The band has won everything again this year. We are definitely proud parents.

“He travels down to Glasgow every Thursday night and then once a month he goes to Lisburn to have a full band practice. There are additional costs for competitions over in Ireland and it is all self-funded.”

Glenn initially joined The Arbroath Royal British Legion Band. He then moved to the Drambuie Grade 2 Pipe Band in Kirkliston, 
Edinburgh whilst also getting solo lessons from Ian Duncan at Saucher, near 
Burrelton. While with the band, he was successful in every major championship including the 2005 Grade 2 World title. Glenn has also achieved solo accomplishments at juvenile level, winning the Juvenile March Strathspey & Reel at the Northern Meeting.

After spending two years with Drambuie, Glenn joined the Perth-based Vale of Atholl Grade 1 Pipe Band. He enjoyed five years with them before auditioning with the elite Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band in 2011.

The band attracts members from across the world with people joining from the likes of Australia, Canada and the USA.

Glenn is looking forward to the band visiting Scotland, with a performance planned for May 3 next year at the Aberdeen Music Hall with Bucksburn and District.