Pipe Major


James Clough began piping in 1965 under the instruction of Dr. William Forbes of Rome, NY, going on to play in the Syracuse Kiltie Pipe Band with his brother, Doug. 1973 marked a milestone in Jim's piping career, as he became co-founder of the 78th Fraser's Highlanders (now the Mohawk Valley Frasers).

In the time since, Jim's commitment to piping has been continuous- improving his own skills with regular tuition, attending summer schools to receive instruction from many top pipers, and teaching other pipers and pipe bands.

In addition to his work with the Frasers, Jim is also a founder of Oran Mor Pipe Band, serving eight years as the band's pipe sergeant. He has also served on the EUSPBA Advisory Committee and taught piping at the Invermark College of Piping's summer schools for several years.

As an accomplished teacher, Jim has helped many students advance to become top amateur pipers, and his Fraser's bands have won EUSPBA Supreme Championships four times and twice risen to the Grade 2 level.

Jim resides in Ava, NY, in a home where the enthusiasm for pipe music is shared by his wife Liz, an active drummer and instructor of Highland dancing, and his daughter, Jessie, a Highland dancer.

Jim Clough jimclough@mvfpb.com