Biography

Josh James Fraser is a piper from Inchinnan, Scotland who is study the Bmus Traditional Music- Piping Course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  He currently plays for Johnstone Pipe Band Grade 1 and is a past Pipe Major of the Johnstone Grade 4 Pipe Band.  He is also a member of The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland Senior Band and Pipe Major of the Development Band.  Josh has travelled to countries such as Germany and Switzerland to play in gigs, tattoos and to teach.

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As nobody in Josh’s family is a piper it is odd that he wanted to play the pipes but as his parents had a keen liking for Scottish music they made him pursue the pipes.  Josh was first taught by Keith Bowes Senior who lived just two doors down the road from him in Inchinnan.  He was taught for six years by Keith Senior and he was then taught by Keith Bowes Junior for a further three years.  He now receives tuition from many instructors at the National Piping Centre such a Finally MacDonald, Ross Ainslie and Willie McCallum where he is a student on the BMus Traditional Music-Piping Degree at the Royal  Conservatoire of Scotland, the 3rd best music and arts university in the world.

Josh has been playing pipes for 11 years now and has already achieved a huge amount in his piping career.  He has won the Scottish Championship, European Championship and Champions of Champions awards in grade 3A and has already won the World Pipe Band Championships 3 years in a row with Johnstone Pipe Band.  Josh has been a member of the band since 2009 and has been an important player in the bands recent promotion to Grade 1, the top tier of the Pipe Band World.  One of Josh’s most recent achievements was being Pipe Major of the Piping Degree Pipe Band when they performed in the Highlands and Islands Suite composed by Phil Cunningham.  Josh has just be appointed the Pipe Major of the National Youth Development Pipe Band and can’t wait to pass on his knowledge to the next generation of pipers.