Ruaridh MacDonald started tenor drumming at age five, but he’s been hanging out with pipe bands from the day he was born. He started tenor drumming with the Conservatory Pipe Band. Then, at age 12, Ruaridh started competing with the Grade 2 City of Regina Pipe Band, including contests in Scotland in 2005, 2006, and 2010. He also spent 2 seasons as the band’s bass drummer in 2011 & 2015. Ruaridh was a member of the Inveraray and District Pipe Band for three seasons (2012-2014), and won the 2014 European Pipe Band Championships and 2nd overall in the 2014 World Pipe Band Championships. He also recorded Ascension: Live at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall with the band in 2013.
From 2015-16, Ruaridh took time away from competing to focus on finishing his degree. in 2017 he graduated with an Honours Bachelor in Music Theatre Performance from Sheridan College. Ruaridh now works as a professional actor and has worked at several Canadian theatres in musicals and plays. In 2017/18, he led the midsection of the 78th Highlanders Halifax Citadel Pipe Band (Grade 1).
In the summer of 2019 Ruaridh played with Inveraray and District Pipe Band once again and won the European, Scottish & World Pipe Band Championships with the Band. He is currently taking time away from playing to focus on his career in Canada and spend more time teaching up and coming players.
All throughout his years in Saskatchewan, Canada, Ruaridh was tutored by Kenna Whelan, one of Canada’s best-known mid-section players. Kenna was responsible for the Alberta Caledonia Pipe Band mid-section for a number of years, and was a member of the Toronto Police Pipe Band under L-D Doug Stronach.
Ruaridh also studied with Tyler Fry (78th Frasers, Shotts & Dykehead), Simone Reid (SFU Pipe Band), Haggis McLeod (FMM Pipe Band) and Scott Currie (Shotts & Dykehead, Strathclyde Police)
Having won all the amateur prizes available to him, Ruaridh advanced to Open Tenor/Bass competition, where he consistently won the top prizes available across the region.
Ruaridh has been teaching tenor drumming for 10 years. His teaching experiences have taken him all over Canada, USA, and the UK.