• Tutored by John McIver and Ross Campbell, with invaluable assistance throughout the years from P/M Nat Russell, Heather Daws, Geoff Ross and Bill Travaille.    
  • 43 years experience playing the bagpipes, with 34 as a professional piper. 
  • 15 years professional piping at a Grade 1 standard with the Victoria Police Pipe Band. Grade 1 is the highest level in pipe bands. In competition, the band was undefeated in Australia from 1988 to 1998.
  • At the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, the band was placed in the top six in Grade 1 every year from 1992 to 1997. In 1998, the band achieved its goal and become the Grade 1 World Pipe Band Champions. 
  • I have played in concerts with André Rieu and The Seekers. I have also played as a soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Victorian State Orchestra. I have also played as a soloist with artists such as Eric Burden and Marion Martin. In 2018, I participated in the 2018 Basel Military Tattoo in Switzerland, with the Rats Of Tobruk Memorial Pipes & Drums.
  • I have played  on acclaimed pipe band recordings, such as "Live In Ireland", "Live In The Rockies" and "The Masterblaster Concert", in Motherwell, Scotland.

  • In 1993, I received the Advanced Piping Certificate (Australian Pipe Band Association) and the Adjudicators Certificate (Australian Pipe Band Association).

The Victoria Police Pipe Band, winning the Grade 1 World Pipe Band Championships,
Glasgow Green, Scotland, 1998.

Ross Bates
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