World Solo Drumming : Five in a row for Steven (updated with comment and pix)

Inveraray Pipe Band’s Steven MacWhirter has won the World Solo Drumming for the fifth year in a row. The competition was held at Glasgow Caledonian University and is sponsored by Andante Drums and run under the auspices of the RSPBA. 

Steven’s piper this year, for the first time, was Alasdair Henderson. In previous years P/M Stuart Liddell played for his band’s leading tip. In the end the change in piper made little difference, with Steven giving what one expert described as a ‘masterful demonstration’ of pipe band drumming and taking three first prizes during the day.

The picture above shows sponsor Nigel Hodgson of Andante Percussion (it was announced yesterday that they are to sponsor the WSD for the next five years), all the side drumming winners and RSPBA President George Ussher. Mr Ussher thanked Andante for their on-going support for the competition and also the staff at Glasgow Life and Glasgow Caledonian University for making the day such a success.

Here is a list of those who made the Adult final:

After his victory was announced Steven said: ‘I don’t know if five in a row has ever been done before but it is an amazing feeling to reach such a milestone.

World Solo Drumming Champion for the fifth time L/D Steven McWhirter, Inveraray & District Pipe Band

‘Am I a better player now than when I won my first? That’s a hard question. I know I still practice just as hard. Maybe my playing is more mature and I am certainly more experienced on the big occasion. Obviously not having Stuart with me this year for the first time meant a change but I thing Ally Henderson [Inveraray Pipe Sergeant] is a pretty good substitute.’

Steven also had a word for St Laurence’s Michael McKenna who was runner up to him for the second time. ‘All those in the final are great drummers and all I can say to Michael is keep going; your turn will come. Today was very pleasing for me because one of our drummers at Inveraray, Gus Sicard, made the final for the first time.

Gus Sicard…first time in the final

‘We now have to keep working in our corps so that we do better as a band, but for now I’ll just enjoy this moment.’

Second placed Michael McKenna of St Laurence O’Toole, Dublin is a study in concentration

The picture below shows Steven and Ally in action:IMG_3182

Some other snaps:

Junior Champion for the second year in a row, Matthew Wenlock, Cullybackey


Third placed Jake Jorgensen of Scottish Power
Sixth placed Eric Ward of Greater Glasgow Police
Craig Munro and Grant Cassidy of SLoT
P/M Alen Tully plays for fifth placed Stephen Creighton of SLoT

Full results at