Hello! My name is Ross Naismith, a Professional Bagpiper, Teacher, Reed-maker & Judge. I reside in San Diego, California and provide bagpipe services mostly throughout Southern California. With worldwide experience at the highest levels, I am the bagpiper for you. Having competed and performed all over the world, I understand how the bagpipe needs to be played and presented.
I have performed at countless weddings, funerals, memorials, private parties, corporate functions, golf tournaments, religious ceremonies, and so much more. The bagpipes really do add a special memorable touch to any occasion. I take great pride in working with my clients to fit and meet their needs, I am here for you.
My family has deep Scottish roots as my Grandparents were both born and raised in Clydebank and Glasgow, Scotland, respectively. I can trace my family ancestry back a few hundred years to the small Scottish Isle of Tiree, thanks entirely to my Grandmother’s many years of genealogy. My Grandparents then emigrated to Canada, where my Mother was born. Eventually they settled here, in Southern California where my two brothers and I became first generation born Americans.
I have been back to Scotland many times to compete, perform and visit. Throughout the years while traveling, I made sure to take advantage of my time in Scotland and learn from the very best. I have had lessons from numerous instructors at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow, Scotland. In the late 1990’s while learning the bagpipe locally, I was fortunate enough to have had lessons from instructors at the College of Piping, also of Glasgow, Scotland, while their annual bagpipe summer school in Carlsbad was taking place. It was an honor to be asked by the College of Piping of Glasgow to join their teaching ranks in 2016, which I gladly accepted.
For the better part of 10 years, between 2003 – 2013, I was a member of the Grade 1 Los Angeles Scots Pipe Band. Highlights include 3rd place at the 2006 North American Pipe Band Championships in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. On two occasions, while competing at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, the band qualified for the final round. This resulted in 11th place in 2007 and 13th place in 2012. In 2014 I accepted a position to serve as Pipe Band Instructor for the Helix Charter High School Pipe Band, I remained in that capacity for 2 1/2 years. I have very fond memories working with both the students and parents.
In 2015 I became Pipe Major of my local band, the House of Scotland Pipe Band based in beautiful Balboa Park. My family has a rich history with this band as many of my family members have played in it. Around this same time I also joined up with the world traveling and competing Grade 1 Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band of Vancouver, Canada. I spent a couple years here, with great success finishing in 8th place at the British Pipe Band Championships in Belfast, Northern Ireland one year, and the next year in 2017 winning 12th place overall at the World Pipe Band Championships.
I have also competed throughout the United States and Scotland on the solo circuit. I compete in the Open / Professional Grade here in the United States and in Scotland it is known as competing in the Senior Division. Highlights include competing at the 2009 Royal Braemar Highland Gathering in Braemar, Scotland. This is where Queen Elizabeth II makes her annual trip to serve as Chieftain of the Games. In the same year, while traveling to Invercharron, Scotland, I was awarded a 1st and 3rd place while competing at the Invercharron Highland Games.
More recently, locally, I was the overall winner in the Professional Grade being awarded two 1st places at the 2012 Costa Mesa Highland Games in Costa Mesa, California. The 2015 Costa Mesa Highland Games proved successful, gaining 1st place in the March, Strathspey, Reel event and 3rd place in the Hornpipe / Jig event. The following month at San Diego Highland Games, more success was had by winning the March, Strathspey, Reel event and gaining 2nd place in the Hornpipe / Jig event.