Gregor proves he’s piping hot

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A gifted young musician has led his school to victory in the prestigious freestyle section of the Scottish Schools’ Pipe Band Championship.

Talented bagpipe player Gregor Norris – who has just finished at the High School of Glasgow – also plays the saxophone and sings.

Gregor was one of three lead pipers in the 60-strong Senior National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland.

He recently played with his school band at the championships in Edinburgh, and the musicians beat off some stiff competition to knock Gordonstoun School into second place.

Gregor led the High School’s Fusion Band to victory and even arranged the winning music which was a traditional medley called “Slan Leat” (Farewell).

The 18-year-old, who was pipe major of the school’s pipe band was also honoured at the school’s end of term prize giving ceremony recently.

He received the Marianne Rowles Award for Outstanding Musicianship for his performance on the saxophone, and was also awarded the Hannay Cup for piping.

And for his work with the Fusion Band on the pipes Gregor was handed the Peter Douglas Award for being the school’s outstanding ensemble player of the past year.

Gregor said: “I love the pipes and really enjoy playing in both pipe bands, going to events and taking the pipes out on outreach visits to schools and communities.

“One of the biggest highlight for me was when we were on tour in Switzerland last December. We performed at the famous Christmas Tattoo in Basle and we were featured on Swiss TV.”

Gregor studied advanced higher chemistry, maths and geography at school and will be attending Edinburgh University where he will study 
geology in October.

He added: “I am fascinated by geology and look forward to going to Edinburgh, but will continue to play the pipes.”

Gregor’s talents have also been in demand at a number of high profile events recently, ranging from First World War commemoration ceremonies, to appearing at the Ryder Cup in Gleneagles and Celtic Connections in Glasgow.

A spokesperson for the school said: “Gregor was Pipe Major of the school’s award-winning pipe band.

“He was also Pipe Sergeant in the prestigious Senior National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland which is quite an achievement.”