Jim Kilpatrick MBE started playing drums at the age of 10. His progress was so rapid that within 2 years he was competing at the highest level in Grade 1 competition.
At the age of 15, he joined his present band The House of Edgar Shotts & Dykehead Pipe Band. It was at the age of 15 that Jim won his first World Drum Corps and World Pipe Band Championships - the first of Jim's record 18 World Drum Corps Championships. 14 of these titles have been won as a leading drummer. This also includes winning the World Drum Corps Championship for an amazing record breaking 11 years in a row. Jim holds the current Champion of Champions drum corps title. Again he has won this a record 15 times.
Jim’s move into the solo drumming arena proved to be equally successful. He has smashed every record in the books by winning the World Solo Drumming Championships no less then 16 times. He is also currently the Champion of Champions - a title he has won 3 times.
Another record that Jim holds is that of being the only leading drummer ever to win the Grand Slam which is all 5 major drumming championships in the one season. This run coincided with him actually winning 13 major drumming championships in a row over 3 seasons.
Jim’s talent and reputation is such that he is continuously invited to teach in schools and colleges all over the world, as well as making countless appearances at drum clinics and percussion festivals around the world including The Royal School of Music (London & Glasgow) and The Percussion Arts Society Conventions in the USA. Jim currently teaches percussion students at the Royal School of Music in Glasgow and is also principal instructor for the BA Scottish Music (Percussion) course at the same school. Jim has received the “Life Time Achievement Award” for drumming from the British Chapter of the Percussion Arts Society in London.
In 2004, Jim was awarded the MBE (Member of the British Empire) for his services to music by Her Majesty The Queen in her birthday honours list - a significant milestone in any musician's career, but completely unique to Jim in the world of pipe band snare drumming.
These achievements rank Jim Kilpatrick MBE as one of the top percussionists in the world today in addition to being regarded as the world’s greatest exponent of the pipe band snare drum.
Jim has been instrumental in the development of Remo’s Pipe Drumming drumheads, including the Cybermax snare batter, Gleneagles Bass and Tenor, and Powermax Tenor and Pipe Bass.