Ben Duncan

Ben Duncan

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.

Guide for Parents

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In accepting a student into The Music School, The City of Edinburgh Council is making a major commitment to resources, and if the School is to be of maximum benefit to its students this commitment must be matched by that of students and parents. This guide is intended to help parents play their part in the process.

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The Selection Procedure


A preliminary audition can be arranged through the Director of The Music School at any time during the academic year. On the basis of this informal meeting advice will be given on whether or not to proceed further. Those short-listed for a final audition will be called in for assessment by a panel of highly-renowned musicians from both within and outwith the School.

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