Calum started piping at a very young age, under the tutorage of Mike Maitland (Robert Gordon College CCF Pipe Band), before commencing private tuition with Pipe Major Alex Elrick (ex-Bucksburn & District) and piobaireachd lessons with James Hamilton. Calum also attended numerous courses at the NPC in Glasgow.
Alongside a successful stint with Bucksburn & District Pipe Band, Calum was also a founding member of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland (NYPB), with key performances including:
• NYPB Live at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (CD)
• NYPB Launch Concert
• Ortiguiera Festival with Carlos Nunez and the Chieftains
• A sold-out concert (Attendance of 80,000) in Vigo alongside Bagad Breig (also shown on Live TV).
In 2007, Calum helped form the Ceilidh Peppers through Chalmers Mackay Music School. The ceilidh / rock band successfully played at numerous public and private events across the North East before embarking on an even more successful international promotion to countries including Sweden, Ireland, Trinidad & Tobago and America. Celtic rock band Celtallica subsequently followed, with performances including The Wizard Festival (opening for names including Supergrass, The Buzzcocks, The Damned, Saw Doctors, Stranglers and The Charlatans).
During this time, Calum joined Grade 2 Buchan Pipe Band and enjoyed numerous victories, including at the Worlds, Europeans, British and Scottish Championships.
Calum leads the tuition services; passing on his experience to beginners, competition pipers and everyone else in between!