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 New Year 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 into the 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. These achievements rank Jim Kilpatrick MBE as one of the top percussionists in the world today in addition to being regarded as the world's greatest exponent of the pipe band snare drum.