In 2003 Stuart and Julie met for the first time when Stuart started private tuition and soon after joined the Ellon and District pipe band under the watchful eye of Pipe Major Drew Robertson. It was also at the Ellon band that Stuart met piper Corry.
That same year Stuart had his first solo success and won the 13 years & under section at the North of Scotland branch solo competition. Stuart continued his solo sucess at local highland games in solo competitions as far as Glasgow and Edinburgh.
In 2005 Julie brought Stuart along to the “Grampian Police Pipe Band” where he competed for 2 years whilst also still touring the solo circuit. During this spell, Stuart, Corry and Julie all “did battle” together with the band in the competition arena.
In 2006 Stuart was asked to do a feature recital on BBC Radio Scotland programme called ‘Pipeline’ at the tender age of 15 giving an outstanding solo performance – something to be very proud of as this show features the most versatile and highly regarded pipers.
After a few seasons at Grampian Police, Stuart decided to return to his home town band, Ellon Pipe Band. During 2009 – 2011 Stuart regularly entered the solo circuit and enjoyed considerable successes along the way including scooping the Branch title aged just 18, a fair achievement!
In 2011 Stuart was promoted to Pipe Sergeant of the Ellon Band, a role he fulfilled so well that in 2012 he was promoted again, this time to Pipe Major.
Stuart is very musical, his ability to improvise Pipe music is most enjoyable to listen to. I always look forward to my consultations with Stuart on approach to solo contests as I know I will be in for a lovely display. (J.Brinklow)