Pipe Major Ben Duncan of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards is one of the Army’s leading pipers. Born in Edinburgh, Ben started playing at the age of 4 receiving tuition from Donald McBride and Harry McNulty. At the age of 10 he auditioned for the City of Edinburgh Music School where he began long term instruction from Andrew Wright.
In 2007 Ben joined The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards as a piper and Main Battle Tank Crewman where he has served on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2008 Ben was part of the Classical Brit Award Winning Album “Spirit of the Glen, Journey” which topped the Classical charts for 14 weeks gaining the award, ”NS&I Album of the Year”.
Ben is a Premier graded player with a large track record of solo piping prizes including Highlands & Islands Young Piper of the Year 2017, two Lochaber Gold Medals, Winner of the Pipe Majors’ Wheel of Fortune Invitational, Champion Piper at numerous highland games including the Braemar Gathering, Northern Meeting Piping Competition in 2017 and the A Grade Strathspey & Reel at the Argyllshire Gathering in 2018.
Throughout his career Ben has performed all over the world at various events including on a two-month tour of Australia and at international military tattoos. He also performed at Sting’s 60th Birthday party in New York and at various State Royal events including at the Queen’s 90th Birthday and most recently for the visit of the US President, Donald Trump, at Blenheim Palace.