|| Jim Kilpatrick MBE
Jim Kilpatrick MBE started playing drums at the age of 10. His progress was so rapid that within two years he was competing at the highest level in Grade 1 competition.
At the age of 15, Jim joined Shotts & Dyjkehead Caledonia Pipe Band,
where he won his first World Drum Corps and World Pipe Band
Championships - the first of Jim's record nineteen World Drum Corps
Championships. Fifteen of these titles have been won as a leading
drummer. This also includes winning the World Drum Corps
Championship for a record breaking eleven years in a row between
1988 and 1998.
Another record Jim holds is that of being the only leading drummer ever to win the 'Grand Slam', which consists of winning all five major drum corps championships in one season in 1991. This run coincided with him actually winning 10 major drumming championships in a row over three seasons between 1990 and 1992.
Jim instructs percussion students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, where he holds the post of principal percussion instructor for the BA (Scottish Music) with Honours. He is also an appointed examiner to the Scottish Qualifications Authority, which involves the assessment of Standard and Higher Grade Music students from all over Scotland.
Jim's contribution to the music industry has achieved considerable recognition. He has received the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' for drumming from the UK & Ireland Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society in London.
In 2004, Jim was awarded the MBE (Member of the British Empire) for his services to music by Her Majesty The Queen in her birthday honours list - a significant milestone in the career of any musician, but completely unique to Jim in the world of pipe band snare drumming. Jim received his honour from The Queen at an investiture ceremony held in Buckingham Palace that summer.
Jim was inducted
Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame in 2009, making him the
first pipe band drummer to receive such recognition from within the
Scottish traditional music industry.
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