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Jim McGillivray





Aurora, ON


PPBSO - Pipers' and Pipe Band Society of Ontario




Teaching Preferences

Student Level:

Age Group:




Intermediate, Senior, Professional

Youth & Adults

In-Person, Online

Individual, Small Group, Bands


PDQB Level:

Ajudication Level

PPBSO, 'A' solo piping, pipe bands, piobaireachd

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Band affiliation:

St. Andrew's College Association Pipe Band

Most influential instructors: Ed Neigh, John MacFadyen, Capt. John A. MacLellan, Andrew Wright

Jim McGillivray began piping at age 11 in 1966 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. He has enjoyed a long and varied piping career since he retired from competing in 1991, having captured both Highland Society of London Gold Medals, the Clasp at Inverness, and the M/S/R at the Glenfiddich Piping Championship.

Jim was Director of the piping and drumming program at St. Andrew’s College in Aurora, Ontario, an independent school for boys, from 1998 until 2019 and still teaches part-time at the school.

He has published two seminal piping tutors, Rhythmic Fingerwork (1998) and Piobaireachd Fingerwork (2013), as well as two best-selling DVDs, Pipes Ready! and Pipes Up!, on maintenance and tuning of the bagpipe.

In 2007, his groundbreaking website,, became the first major provider of individual pieces of sheet music to pipers.

He played with the Guelph Pipe Band in the 1970s, the 78th Fraser Highlanders after that, and more recently the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band.

Jim is a regular on the judging circuit on both sides of the ocean, publishes frequently on, and runs McGillivray Piping, an internet-based piping supply business, which is also the world’s leading dealer in vintage bagpipes.

He is currently a member of the grade 2 St. Andrew’s College Association Pipe Band.

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