Founder and Proprietor
Julie started piping in 1984 at the age of 11 under the supervision of her sister, Elaine Brinklow, who quickly steered Julie to “The Heatherdale Pipe Band”. It was at Heatherdale that Julie first took to the competition arena aged 12.
At school Julie received further instruction from well known tutor of the time, Davie Duncan, who really boosted her progress as a young piper.
Age 17 she moved to Stonehaven Pipe Band, (Grade 4) under Pipe Major Brian Elrick and gained the benefits of instruction from the Grade 1 Pipe Band. In 1995, Julie was elected Pipe Major of the band and over the next 2 years progressed the band until in 1997 they won the “Champions of Champions” trophy at Cowal and were promoted to Grade 3. Throughout the “Stonehaven Years” Julie composed many pipe tunes, many of which featured in the competition arenas.
Julie continued to progress the band in Grade 3 and over the following 2 seasons, established the band on the leader board in both it’s 1st and 2nd years in the promoted Grade. It was at this time in Julie’s piping career that she realised her skills for teaching.
In 1999 she decided to further her musicianship by joining the Grampian Police Pipe Band and started her own business venture, “Thistle Piping” where she provides bagpipe tuition and a professional piping service in Aberdeen and surrounding areas. In 2011, Julie took over as Pipe Major of Portlethen & District Pipe Band, a band she had been tutoring since 2008.
Julie now holds several appointments as follows:
- Visiting Instrumental Tutor for Bagpipes at Aberdeen University (2003-2017)
- Bagpipe Instructor at Robert Gordons College
- Fully Qualified Bagpipe Tutor with SCQF Certificates
- Pipe Major – Portlethen & District Pipe Band
- North of Scotland RSPBA Music Board Piping Representative
Julie enjoys competing at a very high level within the Portlethen & District Pipe Band and also enjoys success on the solo circuit where her privately tutored pupils have been consistently coming home with the prizes.
Julie completed her piping exams and tutors certificates in 2010 via the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board (SCQF).