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 across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, I understand how the bagpipe needs to be played and presented.
I have performed at countless weddings, funerals, memorials, military functions, private functions, parties, golf tournaments, religious ceremonies, and other numerous occasions. The bagpipes really are a special addition for any occasion. I take great pride in working with the customer to fit and meet their requirements, I am here for you. I also take great pride in showing up to events early. I feel it is very important to show up early and be ready to perform.
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 as far back as the 1700’s 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 in years past 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, which has been truly invaluable. 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 they were teaching their annual bagpipe summer school in Carlsbad, California. This too, has proven to be truly invaluable. I proudly accepted the invitation to return as an Instructor to this very same summer school in 2016.
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 & 13th place in 2012. In 2014 I accepted a position to serve as Instructor for the Helix Charter High School Pipe Band, and I remained in that capacity for 2 1/2 years. I learned a great deal in my time there and 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 my Grandfather James Naismith was a founding member, coming back feels like home. Presently, in addition to leading the House of Scotland, I am a member of the Grade 1 Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band of Vancouver, Canada. I also teach the local San Diego Law Enforcement Emerald Society Pipe Band on a regular basis.
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.