Champ Greg’s so piping hot
Lead in world-beating Inveraray band
A Wishaw man was sitting on top of the world after the Pipe Band Championships.
Greg McAllister was part of the winning Inveraray and District Pipe Band who were crowned first place at the prestigious tournament in Glasgow Green earlier this month.
The 23-year-old was front rank for the band after playing the pipes for almost 20 years.
The McAllister’s musical talents run in the family with Greg following in the footsteps of his dad Ewan and grandad Tom.
And Greg, who used to play for Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band, revealed he was already playing on a winning set of pipes.
He said: “My dad was chairman of Shotts Pipe Band and won the World Championships in 1980 and my grandad was a pipe major who had won it as well.
“I was using his pipes at the event and our family has a great history with the World Championships.
“I was delighted and it felt like a long time coming because I’ve been playing pipes since I was four.
“My grandad started to teach me but he died two weeks after we started and then my dad taught me for a while. “I’ve been playing grade one since 2009 and I always wanted to get to the top.”
Greg was front rank at the event – a well-respected position in the band – and he admits he was thrilled with how the weekend went.
Inveraray and District beat more than 200 other bands and defeated last year’s winners, Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band, in the final.
Greg added: “I had always wanted to play with Shotts Pipe Band because of the connection my family has with the band.
“But I moved to Inveraray and District because of the music and I’m glad that’s paid off.”
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